Journalism


The Journalism diploma program at Algonquin College teaches students to be complete journalists, who are comfortable and adept at reporting on all news platforms. At the same time as covering core journalistic skills, students will learn how to write factually, interview people, and filter information, as well as touch on aspects of photo journalism, page layout, web  and e-publishing, online reporting/editing, and writing.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

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Ontario College Diploma
2 Years

Program Code: 0402X01FWO
Academic Year: 2013/2014


Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program provides practical training in newspaper, magazine, online and broadcast journalism. The award-winning College newspaper, the Algonquin Times, is the primary learning tool, and the focus for work in the second and third levels. A biannual magazine, Glue also provides students with hands-on training.

Students generate story ideas, write and edit copy, find and photograph images worthy of publication, shoot web video stories, electronically produce pages, and run the Algonquin Times as a community newspaper. In addition, students learn to use the Internet and social media as a reporting and publishing tool.

In the fourth level, students complete internships at media outlets throughout the country.

This program is part of Algonquin's mobile learning initiative. All students entering into the program are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements as designated by the program. Students in mobile learning programs will use their devices to enhance their learning experience, obtain and work with course materials, participate in collaborative and mlearning environments and become skilled, confident users of the technologies used within an educational environment and workplace. Hardware and software specifications are outlined at www.algonquincollege.com/byod.

Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational rates.

Graduates who achieve a minimum of a 3.0 grade point average can continue their studies in the Journalism degree program at the University of Ottawa.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have superior writing skills.
  • Possess a keen curiosity about news happening in their community, country and throughout the world.
  • Have a willingness to interact with people.
  • Enjoy reading and studying written news.
  • Engage in social and multimedia.
  • Have excellent interpersonal skills.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment with news organizations, such as community and daily newspapers, online-based news media and news agencies. Employers with government and private sector communication departments, magazines and trade publications and public relations departments may also hire graduates. Opportunities may also exist for graduates wishing to freelance. Other positions in desktop publishing, web design and photography may also be available.

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ENL1813M Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. Communications I Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information, and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
JOU1500 Students become familiar with the overall concept of journalism, including what constitutes news, where it comes from and responsible reporting, writing and research techniques. With an emphasis on proper story structure, students learn how to cover court, events and meetings, as well as conduct interviews. Journalism I Students become familiar with the overall concept of journalism, including what constitutes news, where it comes from and responsible reporting, writing and research techniques. With an emphasis on proper story structure, students learn how to cover court, events and meetings, as well as conduct interviews. 150.0
JOU1504 Students learn the basics of desktop publishing, including software which enables students to engage in, and explore, varieties of typography and graphics in a hands-on classroom. Concepts of design and readability are covered and students are introduced to news design. Students must have access to Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium. Desktop Publishing Students learn the basics of desktop publishing, including software which enables students to engage in, and explore, varieties of typography and graphics in a hands-on classroom. Concepts of design and readability are covered and students are introduced to news design. Students must have access to Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium. 30.0
JOU1516 Students are provided with basic knowledge of photography. Students learn how a digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) works and how to manipulate exposure, and use lenses and flash for desired effects. Composition and posing rounds out the course and prepares students for work in the second term. Introduction to Photojournalism Students are provided with basic knowledge of photography. Students learn how a digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) works and how to manipulate exposure, and use lenses and flash for desired effects. Composition and posing rounds out the course and prepares students for work in the second term. 30.0
JOU1534 Journalists should know a little about a lot and be curious about events taking place in the world around them. This course is intended to encourage an interest in the news events that shape our lives in our community, province, country and world. Students develop a passion for reading from a wide variety of online and traditional news sources, write online summaries on a range of breaking stories and brief their classmates on a subject they adopt for the term. Contemporary Events Journalists should know a little about a lot and be curious about events taking place in the world around them. This course is intended to encourage an interest in the news events that shape our lives in our community, province, country and world. Students develop a passion for reading from a wide variety of online and traditional news sources, write online summaries on a range of breaking stories and brief their classmates on a subject they adopt for the term. 30.0
SSC0058 A thorough understanding of how Ontario municipal government works and impacts the lives of citizens is provided. The structure of city, town and rural municipal councils, jurisdiction, land use and services, interaction with senior levels of government, as well as the critical role they play in the political and economic landscape of Ontario society are examined. Local Government A thorough understanding of how Ontario municipal government works and impacts the lives of citizens is provided. The structure of city, town and rural municipal councils, jurisdiction, land use and services, interaction with senior levels of government, as well as the critical role they play in the political and economic landscape of Ontario society are examined. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ENL2008 Students explore a number of different factors that affect our relationships with other people. Students have an opportunity to assess, analyze, and develop their own interpersonal skills through readings, lectures and experiential activities. Activities include self-evaluation work, journaling, dyad and small group work and responsibility for an individual project. Communication skills, both written and oral, are stressed.

Prerequisites: ENL1813A or ENL1813M
Interpersonal Skills for Personal and Career Success Students explore a number of different factors that affect our relationships with other people. Students have an opportunity to assess, analyze, and develop their own interpersonal skills through readings, lectures and experiential activities. Activities include self-evaluation work, journaling, dyad and small group work and responsibility for an individual project. Communication skills, both written and oral, are stressed.

Prerequisites: ENL1813A or ENL1813M
45.0
JOU1506 The effective use of a digital camera for still and video shooting in journalistic scenarios is covered. Students learn about candid shooting, taking portraits, general news and spot news shooting, as well as how to cover sports and entertainment events. Practical assignments and lab work are also required. Video reporting is introduced to train students to shoot stories for the Algonquin Times website.

Prerequisites: JOU1516
Photojournalism I The effective use of a digital camera for still and video shooting in journalistic scenarios is covered. Students learn about candid shooting, taking portraits, general news and spot news shooting, as well as how to cover sports and entertainment events. Practical assignments and lab work are also required. Video reporting is introduced to train students to shoot stories for the Algonquin Times website.

Prerequisites: JOU1516
30.0
JOU1517 Students learn to design and paginate newspapers and put their training to use on the Algonquin Times. Students are further trained to use the Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium software package in newspaper design.

Prerequisites: JOU1504
News Design I Students learn to design and paginate newspapers and put their training to use on the Algonquin Times. Students are further trained to use the Adobe Creative Suite Design Premium software package in newspaper design.

Prerequisites: JOU1504
45.0
JOU1524 Focus is placed on developing the skills required for writing magazine and newspaper features. Using lectures, seminars, and workshops, students are also taught the fundamental skills required for working on the program's student-produced magazine, Glue.

Prerequisites: ENL1813M and JOU1500
Narrative Writing Focus is placed on developing the skills required for writing magazine and newspaper features. Using lectures, seminars, and workshops, students are also taught the fundamental skills required for working on the program's student-produced magazine, Glue.

Prerequisites: ENL1813M and JOU1500
45.0
JOU1527 Students begin work on the College newspaper, the Algonquin Times, by reporting and writing stories of interest to the College community. They conduct interviews, write stories, take photos and videos, design pages, write headlines and captions and carry out other duties associated with news publication. Students are introduced to specialty reporting and writing, including sports, crime, commentary, arts, business and science and technology. Website publishing, social media as a reporting tool and other modern journalistic methods are also discussed.

Prerequisites: JOU1500
Journalism II Students begin work on the College newspaper, the Algonquin Times, by reporting and writing stories of interest to the College community. They conduct interviews, write stories, take photos and videos, design pages, write headlines and captions and carry out other duties associated with news publication. Students are introduced to specialty reporting and writing, including sports, crime, commentary, arts, business and science and technology. Website publishing, social media as a reporting tool and other modern journalistic methods are also discussed.

Prerequisites: JOU1500
135.0
JOU1528 The basics of copy editing through proactively identifying common writing problems and re-working stories for publication in the Algonquin Times are covered. Through lectures, coaching, writing drills and workshops, students hone their writing and learn to identify problems in copy written by others.

Prerequisites: JOU1500
Editing I The basics of copy editing through proactively identifying common writing problems and re-working stories for publication in the Algonquin Times are covered. Through lectures, coaching, writing drills and workshops, students hone their writing and learn to identify problems in copy written by others.

Prerequisites: JOU1500
45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0402 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GEN1001 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GEN1001 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 03 Hours
JOU1518 Students are introduced to online news design, and learn basic software applications that enable them to begin designing sites. Students also build on print design skills and receive workshop instruction from recognized experts in the field.

Prerequisites: JOU1517
Multimedia I Students are introduced to online news design, and learn basic software applications that enable them to begin designing sites. Students also build on print design skills and receive workshop instruction from recognized experts in the field.

Prerequisites: JOU1517
30.0
JOU1526 Gathering information from electronic sources and organizing it in a way that allows a journalist to interview the data is critical for the contemporary reporter. In addition to using computer applications to do this, students learn about web sources and advanced search methods.

Prerequisites: JOU1527
Computer Assisted Reporting Gathering information from electronic sources and organizing it in a way that allows a journalist to interview the data is critical for the contemporary reporter. In addition to using computer applications to do this, students learn about web sources and advanced search methods.

Prerequisites: JOU1527
30.0
JOU1535 Students begin learning broadcast news gathering and writing styles. An introduction to Broadcast News style, writing scripts, shot sequencing, voice-overs and reporting techniques for broadcast are explored and practised.

Prerequisites: JOU1506 and JOU1527
Broadcast Journalism I Students begin learning broadcast news gathering and writing styles. An introduction to Broadcast News style, writing scripts, shot sequencing, voice-overs and reporting techniques for broadcast are explored and practised.

Prerequisites: JOU1506 and JOU1527
30.0
JOU1536 While continuing from Journalism II to publish the College community newspaper the Algonquin Times in print and online formats, students develop advanced and investigative reporting techniques. Guest speakers, field trips and advanced research techniques are also introduced. Use of social media as a reporting tool is enhanced.

Prerequisites: JOU1527
Journalism III While continuing from Journalism II to publish the College community newspaper the Algonquin Times in print and online formats, students develop advanced and investigative reporting techniques. Guest speakers, field trips and advanced research techniques are also introduced. Use of social media as a reporting tool is enhanced.

Prerequisites: JOU1527
75.0
JOU1537 Students expand their editing skills by working on copy intended for publication in Glue magazine's print and online editions. The magazine is a vehicle by which students learn advanced editing techniques commonly used by today's publications. Lectures, workshops and writing and editing drills are featured.

Prerequisites: JOU1528
Editing II Students expand their editing skills by working on copy intended for publication in Glue magazine's print and online editions. The magazine is a vehicle by which students learn advanced editing techniques commonly used by today's publications. Lectures, workshops and writing and editing drills are featured.

Prerequisites: JOU1528
45.0
JOU1542 Shooting with different types of light, improving photos and video using editing software, as well as using experimental shooting techniques, accessories and studio shooting are emphasized. In addition, freelancing is discussed and students perfect their skills taking pictures and video for newspapers, magazines and online media, as well as other assignments. Students also produce sound slides and video stories for multimedia publication. Photojournalism II Shooting with different types of light, improving photos and video using editing software, as well as using experimental shooting techniques, accessories and studio shooting are emphasized. In addition, freelancing is discussed and students perfect their skills taking pictures and video for newspapers, magazines and online media, as well as other assignments. Students also produce sound slides and video stories for multimedia publication. 45.0
Choose one from equivalencies: Hours
GED0402 Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GEN1001 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
General Education Elective Students choose one course, from a group of general education electives, which meets one of the following four theme requirements: Arts in Society, Social and Cultural Understanding, Personal Understanding, and Science and Technology.

Equivalencies: ARC9001 or DSN2001 or FAM1218 or FIN2300 or GED5200 or GED5300 or GEN1957 or GEN2000 or GEN2003 or GEN2009 or HIS0001 or HOS2228 or LIB1982 or MGT7330 or MVM8800 or RAD2001 or SOC2003 or GEN1001 or GED5004 or GED5005 or GED5006 or GED6022 or GED5009 or GED1896 or PSI0003
45.0
Level: 04 Hours
JOU1520 Advanced techniques of producing broadcast reports are examined. Interviewing and presentation for broadcast media are covered.

Prerequisites: JOU1527 and JOU1535
Broadcast Journalism II Advanced techniques of producing broadcast reports are examined. Interviewing and presentation for broadcast media are covered.

Prerequisites: JOU1527 and JOU1535
36.0
JOU1525 Building on previous knowledge of media law basics, students delve further into contempt of court, negligence, publication bans, privacy, off-the-record, charter rights, online considerations and new defenses for journalists.

Prerequisites: JOU1536
Media Law Building on previous knowledge of media law basics, students delve further into contempt of court, negligence, publication bans, privacy, off-the-record, charter rights, online considerations and new defenses for journalists.

Prerequisites: JOU1536
18.0
JOU1532 Journalists need to understand how to interpret financial reports, budgets, balance sheets and a number of other documents which are important sources of information. Students learn the essentials of business reporting including story structure, untangling jargon, and technical concepts and numbers.

Co-requisites: JOU1539
Business Journalism Journalists need to understand how to interpret financial reports, budgets, balance sheets and a number of other documents which are important sources of information. Students learn the essentials of business reporting including story structure, untangling jargon, and technical concepts and numbers.

Co-requisites: JOU1539
27.0
JOU1538 Students apply aquired skills to a real-work environment. Students are placed with various media organizations for an internship, working as junior staffers for newspapers, magazines, online publications, agencies and companies.

Prerequisites: JOU1518 and JOU1526 and JOU1535 and JOU1536 and JOU1537 and JOU1542
Field Work Students apply aquired skills to a real-work environment. Students are placed with various media organizations for an internship, working as junior staffers for newspapers, magazines, online publications, agencies and companies.

Prerequisites: JOU1518 and JOU1526 and JOU1535 and JOU1536 and JOU1537 and JOU1542
114.0
JOU1539 While filing stories to community newspapers and Glue magazine online, students learn to operate as freelance journalists. Markets, branding, query letters, small business issues, search engine optimization writing, methods for job searching and networking are discussed. Articles are pitched to real-world publications, including GoJournalism.ca.

Prerequisites: JOU1536
Journalism IV While filing stories to community newspapers and Glue magazine online, students learn to operate as freelance journalists. Markets, branding, query letters, small business issues, search engine optimization writing, methods for job searching and networking are discussed. Articles are pitched to real-world publications, including GoJournalism.ca.

Prerequisites: JOU1536
36.0
JOU1540 Students learn to produce and maintain their own or clients' websites. In addition, students become familiar with online content management systems, multimedia tools to expand storytelling techniques and build multimedia portfolios.

Prerequisites: JOU1518
Multimedia II Students learn to produce and maintain their own or clients' websites. In addition, students become familiar with online content management systems, multimedia tools to expand storytelling techniques and build multimedia portfolios.

Prerequisites: JOU1518
54.0
JOU1541 Students develop the tools and skills necessary in order to confidently apply to fieldwork positions. Students meet individually with faculty to discuss their work aspirations and to be coached on performance and presentation. Fieldwork Preparation Students develop the tools and skills necessary in order to confidently apply to fieldwork positions. Students meet individually with faculty to discuss their work aspirations and to be coached on performance and presentation. 9.0

Fees & Expenses

Tuition Fees: $2,118.27 per term.

Information Technology Fee: $62 per term. *

Incidental Fees: $15 in Level 01 and $40 in Levels 02 and 03.

Mobile Computing Fee: $150 per term. **

Student Activity/Sports Fee: $210.50 per term.

Student Commons/Auditorium Fee: $22 per term.

Student Centre Building Fee: $17.50 per term.

Health Service Fee: $20 per term.

Health Plan Fee: $117.02 paid once annually. ***

A $40 graduation fee is payable in the final term.

A $25 transcript fee is payable in the first term a student attends Algonquin College.

International Students pay all relevant Canadian fees plus an International Premium of $4,600 per term.

* Students paying the Information Technology fee are provided with a network account, an email address, and Internet access. For more information please visit our website at www.algonquincollege.com/its/services/it_fee.htm.

** The Mobile Computing Fee covers the costs associated with providing various services to students registered in a mandatory laptop programs.

*** Students who have coverage with another plan can request a refund by supplying the Students' Association with documentation supporting the request. This request will have to be made annually.

Books and supplies cost approximately $550 in the first year and $345 in the second year. A digital SLR camera is required in the first level, but students SHOULD NOT purchase one until speaking with the photojournalism professor. Students must purchase their own PC dual-core processor laptop computer and software. Computers and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin's New Technology Store at educational discounted rates. Ownership of a smartphone equipped to shoot video, photos and send email is encouraged.

Admission Requirements 

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which there is a current fee of $40 (subject to change).
Program Eligibility
  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • All applicants must complete an assessment through the Test Centre, in language, public affairs and writing. Applicants will be required to pay the current fee of $40.00 to $50.00 (subject to change).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either: IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band. OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with the minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening: 22 Speaking: 22, Writing: 22.
  • Entry to Second Year: Applicants with a university degree may be admitted directly into second year, provided they obtain a sufficiently high score on the English diagnostic and Journalism tests.

Application Information

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should contact their Guidance Office to apply. For all other applicants, applications are available online at www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at https://xweb.algonquincollege.com/FormIE/index.aspx or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 1-866-620-3845
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Joe Banks, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5243 or email banksj@algonquincollege.com or Diane Banks, Marketing Officer, at ext. 2510 or email banksd@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time