Journalism - Print
- Ontario College Diploma
- College Code:
- Media & Design
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- Academic Year:
- 2016 / 2017
About the ProgramThe Journalism - Print program allows students to develop skills that stretch across all news media. The first year of the Journalism - Print program emphasizes the fundamentals of reporting, research and interviewing, journalism law and ethics, and the basics of news writing. Students will also take a course in news photography, which teaches the skills necessary to capture the picture that helps to illustrate the story.
In second year, the Journalism - Print program makes the transition from writing stories as in-class assignments to writing stories as reporters for the college newspaper, Spoke, as well as its online counterpart, SPOKEonline.com. In addition to experiencing first-hand the challenges and deadlines associated with the production of a weekly publication, students receive specialized training in opinion writing, feature writing and magazine writing.
Program InformationLength: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2016 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
First-Year Capacity: 35
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
- Grade 12 compulsory English, C or U, or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1270)
- For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading
- An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
- Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
- A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cutoffs apply.
- Students will require access to a digital SLR camera. The specifications will be given during the first semester.
- An external hard drive capable of storing at least 80 Gb is recommended.
- Students will need a broadcast-quality audio recording device. The specifications will be provided in the first semester.
Tuition & Fees
Domestic fees are currently unavailable; please check back at a later time.
Financial AssistanceThe 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 OpportunitiesThe Journalism - Print program prepares students for any number of jobs within the media industry. Graduates possess the skills to work for newspapers, magazines, websites, online journals, publishing houses, and in many more exciting careers in this field.
100% of 2013-2014 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
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga 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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
|COMM1030||Interpersonal And Group Dynamics
Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed.
|COMM1085||College Reading & Writing Skills
Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Description: In this course students are introduced to a desktop publishing program as it applies to the design and pagination of publications. Students expand their knowledge of the terminology, practices and techniques of newspaper and magazine layout.
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.
|JRN1130||Research and Interviewing
Description: The first half of this course introduces students to the concepts of generating sources for stories, developing research strategies and conducting research using live, primary and secondary document sources, electronic databases and the Internet.
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.
|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.
|JRN1070||News Writing II
Description: Students are introduced to multi-source and more complex hard news stories.
|JRN1080||Broadcast News Writing
Description: In one half of the course students develop practical skills in the basics of radio newswriting. Students are introduced to Broadcast News (BN) writing style and conventions. Students learn to write all types of radio news stories including wraps, actualities, and straight reads.
Description: A continuation of Desktop Publishing, this is a practical course in computerized design and pagination of publications. It incorporates desktop skills and techniques that will be applied in other courses in the program design.
|JRN1100||Court and Council Reporting
Description: This course teaches students about the structure and workings of municipal government bodies and the legal system in Canada. Students are required to attend sessions of court and municipal meetings and write news reports on the proceedings.
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.
|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
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.
Description: In this course students are introduced to writing to length in the form of newspaper features. Students will learn to develop story ideas and write a variety of feature-length articles.
|JRN2100||Careers In Journalism
Description: This series of workshops and guest speakers prepares the student for a career in journalism by introducing the professional attitudes and behaviour that are appropriate in a newsroom setting. Students will learn interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving skills as well as stress management techniques specific to journalism. They will create a professional portfolio to complement their cover letters and resumes. They will prepare to present themselves effectively during job interviews.
|JRN2160||Newspaper Reporting and Production I
Description: Students are responsible for the publication of the college newspaper Spoke and the online version of Spoke under the supervision of members of faculty. Students will apply all journalism skills previously learned in lectures, labs and through hands-on assignments to produce stories, photos and multimedia presentations. Students will also be expected to function as editors to whom other students report.
Description: This is an introductory course to opinion writing, including editorials, blogs, online collaboration, columns and reviews, designed to give students the skills to be effective collaborators and analysts of news events and issues, as distinct from being capable reporters of them.
|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'.
|FPLT2208||Field Placement (Journalism)
Description: This course provides an opportunity for students to apply their journalism knowledge and skills in the field. With the help and direction of faculty, students must arrange their own field placement experience. The agency must be approved by the faculty member in charge of placements prior to the student beginning the placement. The student is also responsible for obtaining from the faculty member evaluation forms which must be completed by the student's field placement supervisor.
|JRN2130||Business and Economics in the News
Description: This course exposes students to key business and economic terms and concepts. Students are shown how to apply these terms and concepts to the writing of business and economic news stories.
|JRN2170||Newspaper Reporting and Production II
Description: This is a continuation of Newspaper Reporting and Production I. Students will be expected to function as editors to whom other students report. Students are responsible for the publication of Spoke under the supervision of faculty. The practical lab portion of the course will stress photo and page layout skills employing computer skills and Web page production.
Description: Students will be introduced to magazine writing and be provided the opportunity to develop the skills required to write articles for a variety of publications. Students will also be introduced to the magazine publishing industry and develop their skills in researching, writing and selling magazine articles.
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.
Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
- Report on stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional, and timely manner.
- Apply computer and technical skills to designated production and research functions in journalism.
- Function both independently and as a member of editorial and/or production teams.
- Analyze knowledge from communities, current events and public affairs, and history to interpret and express the context for designated journalism publications and/or productions.
- Develop strategies for personal and professional development.
- Comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards, and the principles and practices of journalism.
- Write and edit content for the designated media platforms.
- Publish and/or broadcast content for the designated media platforms.
- Apply production skills and use production equipment in the preparation and distribution of content for the designated media platforms.
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