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Journalism and Communications (JOPB)

Available as a three-year program

The headline today: "The face of journalism is changing as fast as new events occur, but good storytelling and solid research remain essential." Journalists must adapt to new means of delivering the news. Earn a competitive edge with reporting, writing and editing skills for online, television, radio and print within this ever-evolving industry.

Note: Upon successful program completion, students will receive the Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast advanced diploma credential.

  • Program Code

    JOPB

  • Credential
    • Three-year Ontario College Advanced Diploma

  • Start Date

    September entry

Find your career

  • Students are prepared to work in radio, television, newspaper, magazine and online newsrooms.
  • Graduates find work as writers, reporters, photographers, editors, freelancers, web content providers, editorial assistants, videographers, program hosts and news anchors.
  • The skills developed in this program can also lead to careers in public and media relations, and educational, training or industrial video production.
  • Average starting salaries range from $35,000 to $39,999.*

*Source: Employment Profile Provincial Report, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Our grads get great jobs

  • Anchor/Reporter, CTV News Kitchener-Waterloo
  • Kingston Editor, Fine Lifestyles and Fine Homes
  • Multimedia Journalist, Kingston Whig-Standard
  • Content Producer, Station 14, Kingston
  • Multimedia Journalist, Metroland Media Group Ltd.
  • Anchor/Reporter, Quinte Broadcasting Ltd.
  • Reporter/Photographer, Sun Media/Postmedia Network
  • Announcer/Reporter, Moose FM Bancroft
  • Reporter/Anchor, CTV News Winnipeg
  • Staff Writer, ETCanada.com

Is it for you?

Journalists often walk a complex line between getting a story first, and getting it right. To succeed in journalism, you need:

  • An inquisitive mind
  • Strong writing and storytelling skills
  • The ability to work to tight deadlines
  • Perseverance

What employers say

“CHEX Television is happy to host Loyalist Journalism students each year. We find them to be enthusiastic, engaged and ready to take on whatever the day brings. Quite often the students are so well prepared for a career in journalism, they end up working for us after completing their internship! Our newsroom is filled with Loyalist grads.”
Lisa MacDonald-Lowe
Assignment Producer, CHEX-TV

Experiential learning

Get a well-rounded set of skills in our all-platform newsroom in Loyalist’s new Digital Media Centre. You will:

  • Develop hands-on skills in research, writing and interviewing.
  • Use digital tools and apps for gathering and sharing stories, video, social media and interactive journalism.
  • Create newscasts for the federally licensed College radio station, 91X.
  • Work with a team of student reporters, ENG shooters, producers, anchors and editors to produce a web-based television newscast.
  • Publish original work for the student-produced community online news service, QNet News (qnetnews.ca).
  • Learn with guest speakers from the community and from large market radio stations, newspapers and TV networks.
  • Cap off your studies with on-the-job experience during an eight-week field placement. Placements have been completed at newsgathering organizations across the country including the Winnipeg Free Press, Windsor Star, Bracebridge Examiner/Gravenhurst Banner, CHEX-TV and CTV.

Outstanding faculty make the difference

Professors bring a wealth of experience working in newspapers, radio, TV, print and online:

  • Faculty have written for TIME Magazine and national and regional newspapers, including a member of the team that won the first National Newspaper Award for local reporting, in 1997.
  • TV experience spans specialty channels including National Geographic Canada, BBC Canada and the History Channel, as well as a CBC national correspondent who opened one of the northernmost TV bureaus in the world in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.
  • Professors have decades of radio experience at CBC Ottawa and stations in Belleville, Halifax and Toronto.
  • Faculty also bring diverse professional experience in commercial acting and voicing, marketing, sales, graphic design, art direction, digital illustration, web design, video­g­ra­phy and lighting design.

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