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Journalism

Journalism

Program Code:JRN
Campus:Seneca@York
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Offered:Summer
Fall
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Journalism program will provide you with training in television, radio, digital journalism and documentary skills. You’ll gain a higher degree of competency and knowledge and be prepared to obtain entry level positions in television, radio, digital journalism and information programming.

You are best suited for this progam if you have a great desire for storytelling and disseminating information about news, public affairs, entertainment, sports, business, weather and health. Over the course of the program, you'll learn important research, critical thinking, media analysis, writing, and on-camera and on-microphone performance skills.

Field Placement

As a student in Journalism, you’ll benefit from one hundred hours of field placement in a professional broadcast setting. This component is critical to your career success and a requirement for graduation.

Joint Program with York University

Program Code: JRNY

Seneca College and York University offer a joint program which enables students to earn a Seneca diploma in Journalism and a York University Bachelor of Arts degree. This program is for students who have completed two years of a B.A. program or three years of an honours B.A. program at York University. Information on the joint program may be obtained from the Advising Centre, Faculty of Arts, York University or from the Admissions Office, Seneca College.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Additional Requirements:

  • Applicant profile
  • Writing exercise

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend a program admission session to complete a writing exercise and submit a profile. Details on where and when to attend the session, and what to include in your profile will be mailed to you shortly after you apply to the program.
  • Applicants are selected for this program based on academic performance in Grade 12 English, and on strength of the profile and writing component.
  • This is a competitive program and meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Fees

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Your Career

Your career in television, radio and digital journalism starts now. Earn a diploma in Journalism and you’ll find exciting career opportunities in news, sports, public affairs, entertainment and weather as a reporter, videographer, sportscaster, researcher, digital journalist, documentary maker, video/ audio recorder or editor. Our graduates also find employment in corporate and public settings such as media and public relations.

Affiliations/Associations

  • Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC)
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
  • Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)

Transfer Credit/Pathways

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Important Academic Dates

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Courses

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2016/2017 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
JRN100 Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism
JRN101 Fundamentals of Journalism
JRN141 Introduction to News Writing
JRN170 Digital Journalism I
RTV113 Television News I
RTV114 Radio News I
RTV336 News Announcing I
 
Semester 2
JRN172 Digital Journalism II
JRN200 Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism
JRN270 Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits
RTV212 Digital Audio
RTV214 Radio News II
RTV233 Introduction to TV Current Affairs
RTV436 News Announcing II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
JRN142 Writing for Visual Media
JRN370 Digital Journalism III
RTV333 Television News III
RTV334 Radio News III
RTV371 The Radio Documentary
RTV456 News Announcing III
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
JRN475 Digital Journalism IV
RTV343 Television News IV
RTV344 Radio News IV
RTV466 News Announcing IV
RTV470 The Television Documentary
plus: General Education Course

2015/2016 Academic Year

Semester 1
EAC150 College English
JRN100 Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism
JRN101 Fundamentals of Journalism
JRN141 Introduction to News Writing
JRN170 Digital Journalism I
RTV113 Television News I
RTV114 Radio News I
RTV336 News Announcing I
 
Semester 2
JRN172 Digital Journalism II
JRN200 Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism
JRN270 Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits
RTV212 Digital Audio
RTV214 Radio News II
RTV233 Introduction to TV Current Affairs
RTV436 News Announcing II
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 3
JRN142 Writing for Visual Media
JRN370 Digital Journalism III
RTV333 Television News III
RTV334 Radio News III
RTV371 The Radio Documentary
RTV456 News Announcing III
plus: General Education Course
 
Semester 4
JRN475 Digital Journalism IV
RTV343 Television News IV
RTV344 Radio News IV
RTV466 News Announcing IV
RTV470 The Television Documentary
plus: General Education Course

2014/2015 Academic Year

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
JRN100 Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism 3
JRN101 Fundamentals of Journalism 2
JRN141 Introduction to News Writing 3
JRN170 Digital Journalism I 2
RTV113 Television News I 3
RTV114 Radio News I 2
RTV336 News Announcing I 2
 
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN172 Digital Journalism II 2
JRN200 Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism 3
JRN270 Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits 2
RTV212 Digital Audio 2
RTV214 Radio News II 3
RTV233 Introduction to TV Current Affairs 4
RTV436 News Announcing II 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN142 Writing for Visual Media 3
JRN370 Digital Journalism II 2
RTV333 Television News III 4
RTV334 Radio News III 3
RTV371 The Radio Documentary 2
RTV456 News Announcing III 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
 
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN475 Digital Journalism IV 4
RTV343 Television News IV 4
RTV344 Radio News IV 3
RTV466 News Announcing IV 2
RTV470 The Television Documentary 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margita Petersons
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 22804
Margita.Petersons@senecacollege.ca
International Admissions Advisor: Sarah Lee
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 26598
Sarah.Lee@senecacollege.ca
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Tina.Tuzi@senecacollege.ca
Program Contacts:
Student Advisor: Bill Hutchison
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33409
Bill.Hutchison@senecacollege.ca
Program Coordinator: Barbara Caines
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33299
Barbara.Caines@senecacollege.ca
Program Chair: Michelle Grimes
(416) 491-5050 Ext. 33440
Michelle.Grimes@senecacollege.ca
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Graduate Success

Each week, almost four million television viewers across the GTA welcome Seneca grad Melissa Grelo into their homes.

Testimonials

"As a graduate of Seneca's Broadcast Journalism program, I entered the workforce with great confidence, knowing that I was "current" and "ready" to join the field I was pursuing. Learning from successful industry professionals motivated me to take risks and to work hard in order to obtain a solid career in the media."

Caroline Chopra
Graduate
Business Analyst, (TV Unit, Telefilm Canada)

"My time at Seneca gave me the tools and experience to not only break into the television world but to succeed in it and build a career. The faculty, equipment and focus of the program are second to none in preparing students for the working world."

David Thomas
Graduate
Writer/Editor, TSN