New Media: Convergence (Electronic/Print Journalism) (Graduate Certificate)
- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Media & Design
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2013 / 2014
About the Program
This two-semester program will prepare the graduates to be at the forefront of media convergence and be key players as newsrooms embrace multi-media presentation of news and information. Students in this program will prepare, edit and present stories in a variety of formats to meet the expectations of technically savvy consumers. Students will develop stories quickly and accurately for seamless presentation on the web, for text messaging, pod casting, radio, audio/video streaming and print/electronic documentation and publication.
Students will produce stories utilizing traditional and digital technologies, under the real-world pressure of constant deadlines. The production of multi-media presentations through faculty contact deliveries, self-directed and independent studies will be key components of this program.
Students will utilize advanced audio, video and digital image editing skills and graphic design techniques to enhance presentation of news in a variety of formats.
While on campus students will be required to provide stories, illustrations and updates via electronic modes designed to impart timely information to the Conestoga College community, as well as the global consumers of media.
Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2013 (Suspended) - Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 25
- Diploma or degree from an accredited College or University in a related field.
- Minimum 5 (five) years of professional experience in the field.
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL PBT 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume outlining relevant experience. Please submit the resume directly to the Conestoga College Admissions office.
- Applicants not meeting credential requirements, and who are registered at university in year two of a program, may be considered for entry into the program.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information
*Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa.
*Fees for recreation/athletics, graduation/alumni, insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies, are additional.
The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website
. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Aid/Awards
The two semester program will prepare the graduate for a career in new media. Students will take the skills acquired in other related programs and apply them with a focus on the requirements of online journalism. Students may find employment with both traditional and online media organizations, as well as locations wishing to migrate information to web based information delivery modes. A number of related industries are eager to employ graduates with strong writing and multimedia skills. Students may find work in such areas as public relations, entertainment and web site development, or seek employment through freelance or other entrepreneurial opportunities.
50% of 2010-2011 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
Degree Completion Opportunities
Conestoga College is dedicated to creating exciting and flexible degree completion opportunities for current, former and prospective students. Learn how a Conestoga education can respond to the community's demand for a skilled workforce and help you to reach your goal obtaining a challenging and rewarding career.
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Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
For more information on the PLAR process, please contact 519-748-5220 ext 2260, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the testing website.
- Cultivate advanced journalism skills in a variety of new media and traditional contexts.
- Develop the web sites of news organizations through the use of multi-media skills.
- Generate strong original stories using computer assisted reporting.
- Create content using multiple media sources and tools for presentation on the web and other emerging media.
- Develop and effectively implement the technical skills to produce and file stories using emerging technologies.
- Manage use of time in a technology-based environment of shifting priorities and tight deadlines.
- Lead newsroom personnel in the utilization of new media approaches to journalism.
- Work in compliance with relevant laws, journalistic standards and the appropriate practices and principles of the news media industry.
- Cultivate strategies for personal and professional development to manage job stress, enhance work performance and maximize professional opportunities, including self-employment.
Program Advisory Committees
The College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees
Domestic students should apply online at www.ontariocolleges.ca
or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.
60 Corporate Court
Canada N1G 5J3
International students should apply online using a Conestoga College International Application Form
. Please note: not all programs are open to international students. Interested students should check the listing of open programs on our international students web page
For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.