Sports Journalism

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Program Code: 6415

School: School of Communications, Media and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 3 semesters

Start Date: Winter

Location: Story Arts Centre

Email: mkelly@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8615

The Sports Journalism program is a unique post-graduate offering that will prepare students for a career in the ever-changing world of sports media.

During their time in this Toronto Sports Journalism program, students will learn the best practices for the field in a diverse and gender inclusive environment with peers just as dedicated to and as passionate about sports.

From covering local athletes and professionals as well as telling the stories behind the games, the players and the fans, students will develop specialized talents in:

  • Sports writing (print, TV, radio, online, social media);
  • Broadcast (producing, on-air performance, chase and field producing, radio hosting, updates);
  • Digital (using editorial publishing tools, blogging, video, audio, Storify, etc.)
  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, etc.)
  • News journalism that will meet the changing needs of sports coverage (courts, police, etc);
  • Advanced interviewing techniques;
  • Sports beat journalism;
  • Imaging for print and online with DSLR cameras;
  • Hosting in-studio and in the field;
  • Newspaper and online layout.

Students will have an opportunity to participate in the Centennial College Sports Journalism program's annual trip to baseball's spring training, where they will have an early chance to learn skills and develop confidence.

An industry field placement in a sports media organization in Canada or around the world will complement the School of Communication, Media and Design Sports Journalism training.

Please note: This program requires students to have and use a mobile computing device (i.e. laptop, tablet) that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware requirements. Detailed requirements will be emailed to new students prior to program registration.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
SPRT-712 Sports Interviewing and Beat Reporting Story Arts Centre
SPRT-713 Sports in Canada: The Field of Play Story Arts Centre
SPRT-714 Sports Reporting 1 Story Arts Centre
SPRT-715 Sports Internet and Social Media Story Arts Centre
SPRT716 Sports Writing Story Arts Centre
SPRT-717 Imaging Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
SPRT-721 The Sportscast Story Arts Centre
SPRT-722 Total Sports: Stats and Research Story Arts Centre
SPRT-723 The Business of Sports Story Arts Centre
SPRT-724 On-air Performance Story Arts Centre
SPRT-725 Feature Writing for Mags, Docs and Profiles Story Arts Centre
SPRT-726 The Feature for Sports Radio and Television Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
SPRT-731 Sports Observer Story Arts Centre
SPRT-732 Centennial Sports TV Story Arts Centre
SPRT-733 Professional Placement Seminars Story Arts Centre
SPRT-750 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Companies Offering Jobs

Sportsnet.ca, Sportsnet TV, TSN, TSN.ca, Toronto Sun, Toronto Star, Baseball America, CBC Sports, CBCSports.ca, Mississauga News, National Post, 680 News, ABC News New York, ESPN New York, Miami Herald, MLB.com, Tennis Canada, Canadian Olympic Committee, World Fishing Network, Phoenix Coyotes, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Blue Jays, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, Orillia Packet and Times, Barrie Examiner and many more.

Program Highlights

  • Sports Journalism students will learn to write and tell stories in an energetic, dynamic and interactive environment
  • Faculty members are experienced sports journalism and broadcasting professionals and educators
  • Students will develop a portfolio of published sports journalism stories, photos, videos, podcasts, columns, blogs and Tweets

Career Outlook

  • Journalist
  • Photographer/videographer/podcast/iphoneography
  • Writer in digital/print/TV/radio and social media
  • Editor in multi-platforms
  • Producer across multi-platforms
  • Host
  • Remote journalist

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and have relevant work experience in the field of journalism

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory Sports Journalism program admission session where applicants will:

  • Present their resumé
  • Submit a portfolio of writing that includes a minimum of three pieces of their published or unpublished work
  • Complete a writing test (this may be waived for applicants with a degree or diploma in journalism)

Note:

  • After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to set up 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.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $3,754.50 $902.00 $4,656.50
International $12,400.00 $2,097.00 $14,497.00