Contemporary Journalism

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Program Code: 6443

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Fall 2018

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: thecentre@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 5100

Contemporary Journalism is a three-semester, post-graduate program that explores new tools, trends and directions in journalism while maintaining an emphasis on sourced, credible and verifiable storytelling. Students learn in an interactive environment with a range of courses covering news reporting, writing, editing and visual storytelling; students also explore social media, mobile and emerging technologies, including virtual reality, and delve into multimedia storytelling and data journalism. 

The program will culminate with entrepreneurial and professional practice elements, including a field placement, where students will have the opportunity to demonstrate and refine their skills in today’s rapidly evolving media environment. In a digital world, where the smartphone is increasingly the newsroom for journalists and the living room for the audience, the Contemporary Journalism program will emphasize the use of mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets, to source, produce and share credible, multimedia journalism.

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit: centennialcollege.ca/mobile-learning

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CJRL-700 News Reporting Story Arts Centre
CJRL-701 Visual Storytelling: Photography and Videography Story Arts Centre
CJRL-702 Contemporary Issues in Law and Ethics Story Arts Centre
CJRL-703 Data Management and Presentation Story Arts Centre
CJRL-704 Introduction to Mobile Story Arts Centre
CJRL-705 Design and Presentation for Mobile Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CJLR-710 Emerging Tools and Technology Story Arts Centre
CJLR-711 Analytics, Algorithms and Audiences Story Arts Centre
CJLR-712 Audio and Podcasting Story Arts Centre
CJLR-713 Interactive and Data Journalism Story Arts Centre
CJLR-714 Advanced Video Story Arts Centre
CJRL-715 Social Media and Mobile Storytelling Story Arts Centre
CJRL-799 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
CJRL-720 Personal Branding and Freelancing Story Arts Centre
CJRL-721 Business and Future of Media Story Arts Centre
CJRL-722 Entrepreneurial Reporting Story Arts Centre
CJRL-730 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Future Alumni

Graduates of the program will find employment in media companies, including those practicing journalism and those, such as content agencies, that require the skills of a journalist to tell stories. Graduates will also find roles in communications and public relations fields and will be equipped with the skills required to be independent and entrepreneurial contractors and freelancers.  

Program Highlights

  • Develop new multi platform, digital and social media skills for the evolving world of reporting and sharing
  • Learn to write, produce and share stories in an energetic, dynamic and hands-on environment, led by a faculty of seasoned professionals and educators
  • Develop entrepreneurial skills along with personal branding to help you stand out in the industry.
  • Participate in a seven-week field placement where you will apply your learning at a media company, including those practicing journalism.
  • Collaborate with the other students enrolled in programs at the Story Arts Centre including: photography, public relations, film and television, music, art, theatre and interactive media management.
  • Work with faculty drawn from all sectors of the industry and to participate in client-focused projects

Career Outlook

  • Multimedia journalist
  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Story Producer
  • Digital Content Specialist
  • Content Marketer
  • Communications professional

Academic Requirements

  • University degree or college diploma.
  • Applicants will be asked to provide examples of writing, preferably published non-fiction material, but essay extracts will be considered.
  • Applicants, without the post-secondary requirements but with experience in the fields of journalism, communications or related disciplines and a minimum of two years of post-secondary experience, will be considered.

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session where applicants will:

  • Submit a minimum of three writing samples, preferably published non-fiction material, but essay extracts will be considered.

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter advising how to book the program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.