Journalism and Communications (JOPA)
Available as a two-year program
Note: Upon successful program completion, students will receive the Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast advanced diploma credential.
Please note that the program code for this program recently changed from JOPB to JOPA.
- Program Code
Two-year Ontario College Accelerated Advanced Diploma
- Start Date
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
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.”
Assignment Producer, CHEX-TV
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.
This course list is currently being updated. Please check back for changes or contact the program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Courses subject to change.
Turn your diploma into a degree
Many universities across Canada and abroad will provide credit recognition for your diploma studies at Loyalist. The following is a list of agreements that are currently in place. There are many more options, and new agreements are added annually. Contact your university of choice to make individual arrangements.
- Algoma University – B.A.; B.B.A.; B.Sc.; Bach. Computer Science
- Brock University – various*
- Davenport University – Bachelor of Arts in General Business
- Griffith University – Bachelor of Journalism or Bachelor of Communication
- Humber College – Bachelor of Journalism
- Lakehead University – various*
- Laurentian University – various*
- Laurier Brantford – any honours program
- Nipissing University – various*
- Queen's Univeristy – various*
- Royal Roads University – Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication
- Seneca College – Bach. Interdisciplinary Studies
- University of Guelph – Bachelor of Applied Arts (Honours) in Media Studies
- University of Ontario Institute of Technology – B.A. (Honours) Communication; B.A. Adult Education and Digital Technology; Commerce Bridge
- University of Waterloo – various*
- University of Windsor – various*
- Wilfrid Laurier University – various*
- York University – various*
*Various potential degree pathways. Please confirm details with the receiving institution.
York University's Consecutive Bachelor of Education in Technological Education
Eligible Journalism & Communications diploma graduates have the opportunity to enter York University's Consecutive Bachelor of Education (BEd) in Technological Education program.
Post-grad at Loyalist
- Graduates from the Journalism & Communications program are encouraged to apply to the Public Relations & Event Management post-graduate certificate program at Loyalist
- Students must apply through ontariocolleges.ca
How much will it cost?
Approximate costs (2017-18)
- Domestic Tuition/Ancillary Fees: $4,162.46 (two semesters)
- Additional Program Costs: Year one: $366
- Students are required to purchase a smartphone/data plan (iPhone or Android, though iPhone is preferred).
- Additional costs, such as travel and parking, may be incurred during placements.
Bursaries and financial assistance
Loyalist has a number of scholarships, bursaries and academic awards available to students. Our Financial Aid Office can help you explore your options, or assist you with a student loan.
Required academic preparation
- OSSD/OSSGD or equivalent with courses at the general, advanced, (C), (U) or (M) level, AND
- Grade 12 English (C) level or equivalent
A College vehicle is available for use on assignment by students with a G-level driver’s licence and Driver Abstract (insurance provided).
Recommended academic preparation
- English, computer literacy, basic photography, knowledge of and interest in current events, history, geography, politics, writing and public speaking
Prior learning assessment and recognition
Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted. Click here for more information about our assessment and credit challenge process.
Click here for information about how to apply, international student fees and more.
New Trent-Loyalist joint major in Journalism
- Get the best of both worlds with this joint diploma-degree program, dividing your studies between Trent University in Peterborough and Loyalist’s new Digital Media Centre.
- Earn a diploma from Loyalist College and an honours degree from Trent University with a joint major in Journalism and a second discipline of your choice.
- We encourage you to contact an academic advisor at Trent to discuss your pathway.
- Click here for more details, or visit trentu.ca/journalism.
- Students must apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).
LOYALIST COLLEGE TO HOST PUBLIC FORUM ON LOCAL NEWS, SEPTEMBER 18
Belleville, Ontario, August 9, 2017 – In an effort to enhance the quality and delivery of local news, Loyalist College’s Journalism and Communications program invites the Bay of Quinte community ... Read More
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Belleville, Ontario, April 13, 2017 – At the Ontario Community Newspapers Association’s annual Better Newspaper Awards Gala on April 7, QNet News was presented with the Best College/University ... Read More
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Belleville, Ontario, March 11, 2016 - Loyalist College’s Journalism program and Belleville Police Service administration have collaborated on the development of a Belleville Police Service Communit... Read More
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Members of the media and the public are invited to join students, faculty and staff for a guest lecture by Canadian music executive and talent manager Bernie Finkelstein, as part of a new General Educ... Read More
The Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport), Visits Loyalist
Today Loyalist welcomed the Honourable Bal Gosal, Minister of State (Sport). Mr. Gosal spoke with Journalism – Online, Print and Broadcast and Sports Journalism students and answered their questions... Read More
In the News
Sherwood Forest Inn in downtown Trenton burns to the ground
By Stephanie Crosier, November 5, 2012
Firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls at around 9:40 Monday morning, said John Whalen, Quinte West fire chief.
“Originally we thought someone was trapped on the third floor so we initiated an offensive attack, went in the building, but there was no one inside,” said Whalen.
For the complete article, including more photos and a video interview with Fire Chief John Whalen, visit: qnetnews.ca/?p=23805
See more student work at qnetnews.ca