A Round-Up of Digital Journalism Programs in Canada

We know that school has just started, but declaring your major and grad school application deadlines will be just around the corner. So, if you’re a Canadian post-secondary student interested in telling stories through podcasts or social media, keep reading.

The Digital publishing Awards have rounded up Canadian journalism programs focused on digital and new media. Program courses range from SFU’s “Social Media for Freelance Writers” to Concordia’s “Mediating Diversity through Audio Story-Telling.” Programs themselves range from a quick, eight-month certificate to an intense, two-year master’s. 

Read through the info below to find the program that’s right for you, and if there’s a program we’ve missed, let us know.


Simon Fraser University (Burnaby, BC)
Certificate in New Media Journalism

Program Description: Journalism has changed. We want to know what’s happening around us and why it matters – but instead of opening the paper or watching the news, we turn to YouTube, Twitter, Instagram or the latest blog. New technology has made journalists of everyone. Some coverage is worth our time, and some isn’t. Good new media reporting is compelling, current and cross-platform.  In SFU’s part-time New Media Journalism Certificate, you’ll learn to use old media skills in the new industry, master new media tools, and polish your writing and reporting skills.

More info: http://bit.ly/2h3OLoK


University of Windsor (Windsor, ON)
Combined Honours Degree in Digital Journalism

Program Description: The University of Windsor offers a combined honours journalism degree unique in Canada. Students learn the theoretical perspectives and technical skills journalists need to compete in the rapidly changing digital marketplace combined with an academic discipline in a four-year honours degree. Our objective is to graduate journalists who can find work in mainstream, alternative and citizen media. All media are moving to digital platforms, which opens up an array of multi-skilled jobs ranging from the traditional storytelling in newspapers and magazines to the very contemporary roles of videographer to web producer.

More info: http://bit.ly/2waE5iM


Wilfrid Laurier University (Waterloo, ON)
Bachelor of Arts in Digital Media and Journalism

Program Description: Our Digital Media and Journalism program develops your researching, writing, reporting, digital storytelling and technical media production skills. It teaches you how to leverage the power of digital and social media platforms to tell compelling transmedia stories and deliver pointed communications. It also helps you make sense of the political, economic and cultural world in which media professionals work. By the time you graduate, you’ll be able to create compelling content for digital and social media platforms, tell intelligent text-based and transmedia stories, as well as understand and analyze the wider social, political and economic forces shaping today’s media environments.

More info: http://bit.ly/2x237xI


University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies (Toronto, ON)
Certificate in Multimedia Journalism

Program Description: How can journalists and freelance writers adapt to today’s digital world? How do you tell a coherent and compelling story on a website or social media? This new certificate is geared to journalists and freelance writers, communications professionals and writers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. You’ll learn how to write for the web and use social media to tell a story or promote one online. You’ll learn from industry leaders in journalism, freelance writing and online communications. They’ll share their insights on the old-school skills involved in writing a news story and how to adapt these tools to the digital world. Examine the ethical questions raised by brand journalism and other adaptations of traditional journalism skills. You’ll get valued feedback on your work and emerge with a portfolio that shows your skills in and understanding of digital journalism.

More info: http://bit.ly/2h2t6kv


Seneca College and York University (Joint Program) (Toronto, ON)
Ontario College Diploma for Journalism

Program Description: The Journalism program will provide you with training in television, radio, digital journalism and documentary skills. You’ll gain a higher degree of competency and knowledge and be prepared to obtain entry level positions in television, radio, digital journalism and information programming.

More info: http://bit.ly/2xlxQbd


Sheridan College (Mississauga, ON)
Program: Graduate Certificate in  Journalism – New Media

Program Description: Since its introduction in 2000, Sheridan’s Journalism – New Media program revolutionized journalism curriculum with the creation of innovative courses that ranged from multimedia reporting to interactive documentary production.  Students work directly with professors through project-based learning. JNM’s integrated approach to learning combines practical and technical training – fusing traditional journalism education with trailblazing technology courses you won’t find at other schools. This 8-month long intensive program is perfectly suited for university and college graduates of all disciplines, as well as mid-career professionals seeking to upgrade their skills and digital and entrepreneurial acumen.

More info: http://bit.ly/2y0vg7E


University of Ottawa (Ottawa, ON)
Honours Bachelor Degree in Digital Journalism

Program Description: The Department of Communication offers an Honours Bachelor in Digital Journalism jointly with Algonquin College (in English) and with La Cité (in French). The Department of Communication will provide theoretical, analytical and critical foundations, while courses at the college will focus on practical training. The program is ideal if you are looking for the perfect balance between journalism theory and practice.

More info: http://bit.ly/2xZuwj2


Concordia University (Montreal, QC)
Master’s in Digital Innovation in Journalism Studies

Program Description: Invigorate your passion for journalism by exploring the digital ramifications of a rapidly evolving segment of the media landscape. Our one-of-a kind Master’s program pushes the boundaries of research into the future of journalism with a unique focus on digital innovation, or new approaches to journalism practice. Through seminars and lab sessions, you’ll develop critical thinking skills to enhance your understanding of how digital storytelling intersects with, and redefines traditional mediums such as print, television and radio. Over a period of two-years, you’ll gain training in digital journalism skills combined with a strong research foundation in how to study and experiment with factual storytelling and projected journalism futures.

More info: http://bit.ly/2x0Q8fD


Dalhousie University and University of King’s College (Joint Program) (Halifax, NS)
Master of Journalism

Program Description: The professional degree focuses on new methods of journalism research, new multimedia and multiplatform story forms and emerging business models. The Master of Journalism  degree has two streams: Investigative reporting and New Ventures in Journalism. Both the Investigative and New Ventures streams conclude with a professional project and both are built around a core of classes in the craft and economics of digital journalism.

More info: http://bit.ly/2x1quYh

 


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