Journalism (JOPT) CLOSED
Complete this program in four or five years (depending on your joint-major discipline) of full-time study.
Journalists help citizens understand the world and make informed decisions. Today, these stories are delivered across multiple platforms at lightning speed. This fully integrated program will help shape entrepreneurial journalists who are informed, critically aware and technically skilled.
- Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Bachelor of Arts in Journalism plus another discipline
- Start Date
Find your career
- Grads prepare for career opportunities as reporters, writers, columnists, news photographers, editors, freelancers, web content providers, program hosts and news anchors.
- Through a wide range of employers, settings include radio, television, newspaper, magazine and online newsrooms.
- In public and media relations, and educational, training or industrial video production.
Is it for you?
People who succeed in journalism today are:
- Good storytellers with strong writing skills
- Able to meet strict deadlines
Divide your studies between Loyalist College in Belleville and Trent University in Peterborough to:
- Earn hands-on experience in the fundamentals of research, critical analysis, writing and reporting for a variety of media platforms, including digital news organizations, television, radio, newspapers and magazines.
- Build a foundation in critical and analytical thinking, ethical awareness and journalistic practice, while pursuing studies in your joint major area of interest, such as English, History, Media Studies, Environmental Studies, Politics or Psychology.
- Take advantage of community-based educational projects and game day opportunities at Trent, such as stadium announcer, interviewer, broadcaster, media relations practitioner and social media manager.
- Attend two six-week summer institutes at Loyalist College to build knowledge and skills in civic literacy, journalistic writing styles, media production, design and performance.
- Create and deliver cross-platform content in Loyalist’s state-of-the art integrated newsroom (Digital Media Centre).
- Develop an integrated capstone project, meeting the requirements for a thesis or major project and an example of enterprise journalism.
- Finish your studies with an eight-week field placement.
- Graduate with a comprehensive body of work (portfolio).
Please visit trentu.ca/journalism for course details.
- First Year - Semester One
- JOPT1000 Introduction to Reporting
- At the heart of every good story is solid reporting. In this course, students focus on the fundamentals of news gathering.
- JOPT1001 Multiplatform Reporting
- Great storytelling begins with great reporting. Students continue to develop fundamental skills in gathering important information to create excellent journalism for online and broadcast.
- First Year - Semester Two
- JOPT1003 Audio Media Production
- Delivering stories with sound requires specialized skills. Students learn to use text and audio-production software to create stories and newscasts, including techniques for field recording and non-linear editing.
- JOPT1004 Broadcast Media Performance
- Broadcast journalists are encouraged to be themselves on air. This course also introduces students to performance techniques for the camera, including projection, body language, expressiveness and writing conversationally, and how to apply these techniques in a deadline driven environment.
- JOPT1002 Digital Storytelling Toolbox
- The tools reporters use are evolving. Students learn web design fundamentals, including how to incorporate audio and video elements, interactives, and audience engagement strategies.
- JOPT1008 Introduction to the Newsroom 1
- Audiences consume news in increasingly varied ways. Students are introduced to how a multi-platform newsroom produces content to meet ever-changing demands. They learn about everything from traditional delivery to mobile-focused news gathering and presentation.
- JOPT1007 Multimedia Storytelling 1
- Journalists must be able to tell stories on a variety of platforms and in a variety of media: video, text, audio, social media, interactive graphics, photos, data and more. This course introduces students to the tools and skills they need to present the stories they have gathered in their reporting work. There will also be a focus on editing skills in the various platforms.
- JOPT1005 The Working Journalist 1
- Good journalists need to possess a wide range of general knowledge. In this course, students expand their awareness and understanding of economics, politics, law, ethics and 20th-century Canadian history. The goal is to use this increased knowledge in context with issues and current events they cover as reporters.
- JOPT1006 Writer's Craft
- The use of proper writing mechanics is a critical element in journalism. This course teaches students how to use grammar tools and how to edit and polish their writing mechanics, including spelling, grammar and punctuation.
- WRIT1016 Writing Fundamentals for Journalists 1
- Journalists are storytellers. Students learn how to write stories that engage and inform, with an emphasis on style and structure.
- Second Year - Semester Three
- JOPT2003 Data Journalism
- Great stories can be told using the wealth of data produced and distributed in this digital age. This course introduces students to techniques for finding and interpreting such data, and transforming it into compelling and visually exciting news content on multiple platforms.
- JOPT2006 Introduction to the Newsroom 2
- Students expand their ability to identify and practise basic newsroom operations.
- JOPT2004 Multimedia Storytelling 2
- A continuation of Multimedia Storytelling 1, in which students enlarge their knowledge of tools and techniques for telling compelling stories.
- JOPT2005 News Photography
- Pictures can be gathered on a smartphone or a professional camera. Students learn the fundamentals of photography techniques for journalists.
- JOPT2002 The Working Journalist 2
- A continuation of The Working Journalist 1, in which students deepen their awareness of current events as they relate to media law, political ideology and international affairs.
- JOPT2001 Video Editing
- Students learn how to edit video for TV news and online that meets broadcast standards using non-linear editing software.
- JOPT2000 Video Media Production
- Capturing good video images helps take the viewer into the story. Students learn the fundamental techniques of shooting video for TV news and the web that meet broadcast standards.
- WRIT2005 Writing Fundamentals for Journalists 2
- A continuation of Writing Fundamentals for Journalists 1, in which students expand their writing and storytelling skills for multiple platforms.
- Second Year - Semester Four
- JOPT2008 Indigenous Reporting
- Students deepen their understanding of, and their ability to analyse, prominent current events and issues; their relationship to media ethics; and the role of journalism and the media in society.
- JOPT2007 The Newsroom 2 - 1
- Students participate in the collection, reporting, production and presentation of news content in our integrated digital newsroom. Students work as full-time reporters, ENG shooters, producers and editors in the production of news and public-affairs content (newscasts, text stories, video, interactives, photos, social media, etc.) for QNet News (qnetnews.ca) and for the College radio station, 91X (CJLX-FM).
- Third Year - Semester Five
- JOPT3002 Entrepreneurial Journalist
- Students learns how to create a freelance business. This course prepares students to develop proposals and pitches for prospective clients. In addition, students learn the fundamentals of small business practices, including marketing, invoicing and financial management.
- JOPT3003 Portfolio Development
- The course covers career opportunities, job requirements, employers’ expectations, and tips for survival and success in online, print and broadcast news operations. Students also learn how to brand themselves on social media and create a résumé and cover letter to accompany their professional portfolio. The placement and job search begin here.
- JOPT3000 The Newsroom 2 - 2
- A continuation of Newsroom 2 – 1, in which students work on more complex news stories and expand their ability to produce and present QNet News content on multiple platforms: video, audio, text, social media, etc.
- JOPT3001 The Working Newsroom 1
- Students focus and hone their news-gathering and presentation skills in the integrated digital newsroom. They continue to work on all platforms, but are given the opportunity to devote extra time and work to the platform(s) that are of most interest to them. They develop advanced skills such as adherence to tight deadlines; covering long-term stories such as national, provincial and municipal elections; and reporting on major breaking-news events. Students also develop their digital presentation skills through interactive engagement projects. There is a strong focus on using social media and digital tools to gather and present news content.
- Third Year - Semester Six
- WKPL3017 Field Placement (8 weeks)
- The field placement provides students with direct work experience in a media facility. The eight-week placement allows students to gain specific experience and to be integrated into a work team.
- JOPT3005 Field Placement Seminar
- Graduating students who have completed their learning portfolios prepare a professional portfolio representative of their expertise, tailored to their career goals and addressed to prospective employers.
- JOPT3004 The Working Newsroom 2
- A continuation of The Working Newsroom 1, in which students build on their newsgathering and presentation skills and their newsroom leadership development in preparation for their eight-week field placement in a professional environment.
*Courses subject to change.
How much will it cost?
Please visit trentu.ca/journalism for details.
- You must apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre at ouac.on.ca.
- Please visit trentu.ca/journalism for details.
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