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Journalism

Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
College Code:
CONS
School:
Media & Design
Program Code:
1171
Accelerated Delivery:
No
Campus:
DO
Academic Year:
2017 / 2018

About the Program

The Journalism program allows students to develop multimedia skills that are used in digital news reporting and storytelling across all media platforms. The first year of the Journalism program emphasizes the fundamentals of news writing, research, interviewing, legal and ethical standards, digital news design and the journalistic use of social media. Students also take courses in photojournalism, as well as audio and video technologies that are vital to telling stories in an online news environment.

In second year, the program transitions from theory and practice assignments to real-time news coverage and digital storytelling. Students report for a live news website, the campus radio station (CJIQ-FM), a weekly TV news program and the student newspaper, Spoke. In addition to first-hand experience with the challenges and deadlines of real-world production cycles, students receive in-depth training in story development, live reporting, feature reporting, expression of personal opinions, entrepreneurship (including freelancing) and long-form reporting approaches, such as documentary production and magazine writing.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2017 (Open) - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 35

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2016-2017 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for Journalism - Broadcast - Program # 1171

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50
Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
Full-time Program Tuition $1420.00 $1420.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
CSI Health Plan Fee $286.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $2206.25 $1920.25
Year Total   $4126.50

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2016 / 2017) for
Journalism - Broadcast - Program # 1171


Doon - Fall 2016 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2016-09-06)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Doon - Fall 2016 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2015-09-08)
Description Fall 2016 Winter 2017
International Program Tuition $5850.00 $5850.00
Student Priority Fee $49.45 $49.45
Recreation/Athletics Fee $68.80 $68.80
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $27.80 $27.80
Administration Fee $25.30 $25.30
Technology Enhancement Fee $133.35 $133.35
CSI Capital Development Fee $68.49 $68.49
CSI Association Fee $110.00 $110.00
CSI - CSA $4.56 $4.56
ISR $375.00 $375.00
International Health Insurance $0.00 $0.00
International Health Fee $550.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $12.50 $12.50
Session Total $7275.25 $6725.25
Year Total   $14000.50

Financial Assistance

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 Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

The Journalism program prepares students for a wide range of jobs within the dynamic field of multimedia journalism. Graduates possess the multimedia reporting and editing skills needed for work at digital news portals, magazines, specialized websites, nonprofit organizations, online journals, newspapers, radio and TV newsrooms, publishing houses, and the many exciting careers being created by emerging digital storytelling technologies.

On average, 100% of the graduates from the last three years (2013 to 2015) found employment within six 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

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

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.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1120 Production Technology

Description: Students are introduced to the tools and technologies used by radio and TV reporters including audio recording devices, video cameras, and digital editing suites for audio and video. Students are asked to demonstrate their technical skills through the production of basic radio and television news reports.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1135 Research and Interviewing

Description: This course introduces students to the concepts of generating sources for stories, developing research strategies and conducting research using live, primary and secondary sources, electronic databases and the Internet. Students apply their research skills to the planning and execution of successful interviews. Proper interviewing techniques for online, print, radio and television news stories are examined.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1150 Digital News Design

Description:
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1160 Social Media

Description: Students are introduced to a variety of social media tools with the goal of utilizing them for journalistic and professional purposes. Students will explore the use of social media for the sourcing, reporting and distribution of journalistic content, as well as brand development. Students also explore the use of analytics in maximizing audience engagement.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1205 News Writing

Description: This is an introductory course in news writing. It covers the practical application of the fundamentals of news writing and introduces the student to a range of simple news stories.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1240 Journalism Law and Ethics

Description: This is an introductory course about law and ethics as they pertain to journalism. It covers the principles and practices of journalism, as well as the legal restrictions that apply to the profession.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 2
CDEV1500 Careers in Journalism

Description: This course includes a series of lectures and guest speakers. It prepares students for a career in journalism by introducing them to the various careers available and the professional attitudes and behaviour that are appropriate in a newsroom setting. Students will learn how to network, market themselves and create a professional cover letter, resume and portfolio. They will also learn how to present themselves effectively during job interviews.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1110 Performance

Description: Students begin the course learning techniques to improve their on-air speaking style. Following instruction on vocal delivery, students receive training in on-camera delivery. Specifically, students are required to perform pre-recorded "stand-ups," live reports, and live interviews.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1140 Advanced Digital Media

Description: Students in this course learn advanced techniques for the building of newspaper, website and magazine pages, as well as management of multimedia assets in the digital environment. The course prepares students to work efficiently on a digital news site and to publish journalistic work online and in print.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1170 Advanced Production Technology

Description: This course provides students with the skills to use advanced tools and technology in the handling and delivery audio, video and still images. It introduces students to the capabilities of digital SLR (DSLR) cameras in journalistic work and provides training in the industry-standard software required for post-production.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: JRN1120
CoRequisites:

JRN1180 Multimedia News Writing

Description: Students develop practical skills in the basics of radio, television and online news writing. Students learn to write and produce various types of audio news stories, including wraps, actualities, and straight reads. They also learn to write all types of video news stories, including voice-overs, voice-over to clips, and packages.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN1190 Reporting

Description: Students are introduced to multi-sourcing and more complex hard news stories, with an emphasis on story ideation and development. Students learn the mechanics of a variety of news “beats,” such as city hall, business and economics, justice, labour, arts and entertainment, sports and lifestyles.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself while on an unpaid work placement within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while on unpaid work placements, as well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their Placement Employers. Participants in this course are required to provide informed consent regarding WSIB or other insurance coverage while on an unpaid work placement
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
ENTR2070 Media Freelancing and Entrepreneurship

Description: In this course, students are introduced to the importance of initiative, creativity, delivery and business acumen in taking their own journalistic projects from idea to public view. Pitching ideas, pricing and valuing one's own work, establishing one's brand, building business relationships, and the financial aspects of running a small business are all important parts of freelancing, independent production and contract work in today's media environment. Students learn how to market their skills and talents outside of traditional employer-employee relationships.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN2090 News Development

Description: This course builds students' skills in developing news stories, from ideation to follow-up and the pursuit of new angles within existing news stories. Students learn to develop news stories across a spectrum of digital delivery platforms.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN2110 News Lab

Description: Students are responsible for the creation of advanced television news reports. Specifically, students will generate story ideas, research topics, schedule and conduct interviews, write news scripts and do all necessary video camera shooting and digital video editing. Students are expected to go off campus to pursue stories that will be of interest to those outside the college community.
Hours: 98
Credits: 7
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN2200 Feature Reporting

Description: In this course, students are introduced to the art of feature creation for reporting in linear and non-linear formats. Students will learn to develop story ideas and create feature-length stories using a variety of styles and techniques.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: JRN1180
CoRequisites:

JRN2220 Opinions

Description: Students are introduced to the tools and techniques for the expression of personal opinion, as distinct from other forms of journalism. Students hone their abilities to deliver opinion-based reports, grounded in facts, as blogs, editorials, columns, poll-type sampling and other forms of opinion-based communication through video, audio, print and online formats.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: JRN1180
CoRequisites:

LIBS1180 Issues In World Affairs

Description: This course is a study of the structures and framework around emerging forces in international relations. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of the political, economic, and social issues which constitute the 'new world order'.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

PHOT1100 Photojournalism

Description: This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to operate a digital camera and flash. Students will be provided with basic photojournalism skills, as well as photographic imaging.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Level 4
FPLT2210 Field Placement (Journalism)

Description: In the final year of the program, students get the opportunity to apply their journalism skills in the workplace by completing a faculty-approved field placement. Students will arrange their own field placement with the career development skills they gain in the prerequisite course. Although journalism faculty must approve each placement, students select from a wide range of multimedia experiences. International placements can be arranged under special conditions. This opportunity allows students to gain professional experience to add to their resumes and portfolios that will help them land paid work upon graduation.
Hours: 77
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

JRN2230 Long-form Reporting

Description: Students in this course are introduced to long-form story reporting and production. They are required to produce in-depth, multimedia reports that take the form of magazine articles, radio and television documentaries or online packages.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: JRN2200
CoRequisites:

JRN2240 Advanced News Lab

Description: As an extension of News Lab, this course focuses on the production of news and feature stories using a broad range of digital storytelling tools, distribution methods and a dynamic website with a defined target audience. Students prepare stories for the program's website, deliver live news reports on CJIQ-FM, produce stories for a television show and publish their work in print via Spoke, the student publication. Again, social media come into play as tools for sourcing, collecting and publishing news stories.
Hours: 126
Credits: 9
Pre-Requisites: JRN2110
CoRequisites:

JRN2250 Story Development

Description: This course further builds students' skills in developing news and feature stories with multiple components. Students develop informative, provocative or compelling news and feature reports that have links to topical news stories, suitable for delivery across a spectrum of digital platforms.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: JRN2090
CoRequisites:

PRLN2040 Public Relations

Description: This course introduces the role of public relations practitioners and information officers. The student will develop an elementary proficiency in the mechanics of public relations practice as distinguished from direct news gathering and reporting.
Hours: 28
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours

Program Outcomes

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Program Status
Start DateCampusStatus**
SEP, 2017 Doon Open
** Status applicable to domestic students

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