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Bachelor of Journalism

Credential: Honours Degree Program Code: 22241 Length: 8 semesters

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 To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
    • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
    • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

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All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

 

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

Selection: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

 

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters is:

  • domestic: $7,527.00
  • international: $15,881.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Alternative Course of Study

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Journalism degree program should consider applying for the following diploma program(s). View program pages for pathway details:

Journalism >

Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Post Graduate Certificates and Masters Degrees 

Credential Opportunity: Bachelor to Grad Cert / Masters
Location: Mount Pleasant, Michigan
Institution(s): Central Michigan University

Central Michigan University will provide Humber graduates of all four-year Bachelor degrees with  an opportunity to apply and be considered for admission to Post-graduate Certificate and Masters level studies.  Graduates with Humber degrees who also meet additional admission requirements will be considered for admission to the following Masters level programs offered by Central Michigan University:  Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Administration.

For further information, contact:

intlrecruit@cmich.edu

www.cmich.edu

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates

Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Program Contact(s)

Dan Rowe 
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79312
dan.rowe@humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 5Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 6Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,763.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,170.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$110.00$110.00

 

Semester 7Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,653.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 8Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,653.50$7,730.50
Tuition$3,203.05$7,280.05
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s four-year Bachelor of Journalism degree program provides students with the knowledge, skills and abilities required for in-depth work as a journalist in a multi-platform digital environment. In addition to the traditional skills of researching, reporting and interviewing, you will learn how to bring together audio, text and video in a web-based environment to create compelling stories. Throughout the program, you will learn how to manage web-based content for both websites and hand-held devices while incorporating social media into your work. 

You will study both the theoretical and practical aspects of journalism using the latest equipment in a newly constructed newsroom in Humber’s Lakeshore Commons building. You will have access to industry-standard software and hardware and will be taught by instructors who will bring their industry experience into the classroom. At the same time, an emphasis will be placed on examining the history of journalism and the role of the journalist in society. You will also enhance and expand your knowledge through general education electives which will be taken each semester.

Our program has been designed with input from journalists and media professionals to ensure the curriculum is current and provides the skills necessary for employment.

Courses Learning Outcomes


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Write and edit content for a variety of story forms and web-based applications.

  • Interview contacts and sources for a variety of media applications.

  • Examine and apply various journalistic and academic research methods assessing the credibility of international sources.

  • Analyze media theory and the role of the media in society.

  • Adhere to professional and ethical codes of conduct, guidelines and legal requirements.

  • Produce images and content for web-based applications.

  • Demonstrate critical and creative thinking skills.

  • Analyze society’s fundamental systems (political, legal, social diversity) and their connections to the journalistic world.

  • Analyze media law and journalistic responsibility.

  • Critique and analyze media practices and products.

  • Develop entrepreneurial skills related to the business of journalism.

  • Develop a portfolio of journalistic projects for work search purposes.

  • Establish a professional media identity based on an analysis of personal interests, opportunities, benefits, risks, marketing, strategies and audience.

  • Demonstrate conflict management strategies and negotiation skills required in journalistic work.

  • Work effectively and assertively in teams to achieve desired goals and resolve differing or opposing ideas and points of view.


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Work Placement

You will complete a 14-week work placement in the summer between years three and four. This placement provides an opportunity to gain experience in your chosen field and to meet professionals in journalism and digital communications settings. Many of the placements are offered in the Greater Toronto Area, a hub for Canada’s media industry. The work settings and the work itself supports your professional development and will provide you with both the knowledge and skills required to enter the profession, as well as the confidence to perform the work required.

The Humber Experience

Journalism video

Watch the video above to learn more about how Humber's Bachelor of Journalism degree program gives you the knowledge, skills and abilities required for a fast-paced career as a journalist or communications professional.

The Humber Advantage

the Newsroom video

Newsroom equipment

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The Newsroom

The Newsroom features new and improved workspaces for students working on individual projects and collaborating to cover breaking news stories.

It also houses a series of fully equipped video and audio edit suites. Students will also be able to use a Dejero, allowing them to stream video live from virtually any location. The technology also allows multiple classes to be taught at the same time.

The Newsroom reinforces the digital journalism focus of the program, it adds to the technical proficiency of our students, keeping them at the cutting edge of the industry.

Humber Newsroom

HD Mobile Unit truck

HD Mobile Unit student

Inside Mobile Unit

The Humber HD TV Mobile Unit

The Humber School of Media Studies HD TV Mobile is a multi-camera television facility used for remote broadcast television production. The mobile contains all the high definition broadcast television equipment found in a television studio, but has the ability to travel to an event to cover it live.

It is a complete broadcast facility on wheels, with 6 HD broadcast television cameras, production switcher, audio console, camera control, digital recording and non-linear editing, slow motion replay and 3D graphic generator. It has the ability to record an event, or feed live to web stream, with satellite or terrestrial transmission.

The HD Television Mobile offers a “real-world” broadcast production experience for students, using “state-of-the-art” equipment found in similar industry facilities. Students learn and practice the exact skills that they will need after graduation.

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Explore the Newsroom

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Explore the Mobile Broadcast Truck

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Industry Support

"Your Journalism degree... is appropriately positioned to nurture and network a new generation of digitally literate and interdisciplinary journalists."
Ontario Digital Media Professionals' Guild

"As the television industry evolves, more and more employees will be called upon to multi-task across various media platforms."
Cal Johnson, news director

Tell, Share, and Shape Your Stories

In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before to tell stories, share images, and shape opinions. As media organizations change to meet the demands of the public, there are opportunities for people with modern skill sets to begin their careers. Use your digital and social media skills to succeed in the evolving fields of journalism and communications. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that media and communications job openings will increase over the next decade.

Our Faculty

You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Jeffrey Berman

BA (Honours), Political Science – University of Western Ontario
MA Journalism - University of Western Ontario
Professor

Mike Karapita

Master of Journalism – Carleton University

Professor 

Steven James May

PhD Communication and Culture York & Ryerson University 
M.A  Media Production Ryerson University 
B.A.A. Radio and Television Arts Ryerson University
B.A.S. Administrative Studies  Trent University

Siobhan Moore


MMM (Media Management) – University of Missouri
Professor

Dan Rowe


PhD – Syracuse University, NY, USA

M.A – Journalism University of Western Ontario
B.A. – History Queen’s University
Professor/program co-ordinator

 


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Your Career

Technology, the Internet and social media have forever changed how information is created and shared. In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before, as news organizations experiment with innovative ways to tell stories and shape opinions using a range of media across multiple platforms. Humber’s Bachelor of Journalism degree program puts you on the inside track to this challenging and fast-paced profession.

When you graduate, you will be ready to experience the thrill of reporting on important local, national and international news, as well as sports, entertainment and lifestyle stories and the reward of keeping audiences up-to-date with informative, compelling stories. You will reflect the world back to audiences across today’s multimedia spectrum, where information can be accessed through print, broadcast, the web and mobile media. Reporting live from the scene of breaking news, you will learn to craft informative stories about current affairs and put issues and trends into context with insightful analysis.

In addition to journalism, you will have the skills to pursue a career as a web content producer, media relations manager, editor, communications specialist and researcher, as well as a variety of positions relating to digital media production.

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