Switch Career Paths by Attending a Fast-Track Journalism Program Adam McDowell is a reporter for the National Post. After considering a number of journalism schools, Adam chose the post-graduate journalism program at Centennial College to start his career. “I would wholeheartedly recommend Centennial College to anyone looking for a career in journalism,” he says. “Among the program’s many strengths, credit has to be given, above all, to its dedicated and demanding instructors, who set high expectations for their students. [It’s] the best kind of preparation for a tough, competitive field.” Adam’s testimonial highlights how dedicated the teachers in the undertaking are, but like he mentioned the program has many other strengths. First and foremost, this journalism program only takes two years to complete, which allows students to partake in intense and quick-paced study that is not much different from the real world of journalism. The area of study isn’t focus on one form of journalism, instead, students obtain the know-how to work at magazines, newspapers, TV, radio and even online. More specifically, within the journalism program students: learn to write and tell stories in an energetic, dynamic and hands-on environment, led by a faculty of seasoned professionals and educators; develop a portfolio of published stories and photos as they apply their skills in a real newsroom, writing for an online publication and a community newspaper; develop new multi-platform and online skills for the evolving world of news reporting. These skills are achieved through specifically-developed courses that focus on topics such as: journalism design, news reporting, introduction to online news, journalism law and ethics, magazine/freelance journalism, advanced interviewing techniques, radio news, multiplatform journalism and many others. As mentioned above, students obtain real-life experience by participating in the development of a community paper, called The East Toronto Observer and its online edition, The Toronto Observer. In addition, students of this journalism program gain access to extensive publishing, broadcast and interactive facilities at The Centre for Creative Communications campus. This allows them to practice in their own time. Once they have had a sample of what to expect from the field, students participate in a final semester 15-week placement. During this portion of Centennial College’s journalism school, students work alongside professional staff in a commercial media outlet or communications agency. To qualify for placement, a student must have passed every course required in previous semesters. Centennial College’s fast-track journalism program requires applicants to submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. Also considered will be applicants presenting a combination of partial post-secondary education (minimum of two years) and relevant work experience. In addition, students must either submit a portfolio of Journalism related work along with a resume and references (this should include 6 to 10 samples); or attend a program admission session where they will: complete a two-part writing test; submit a portfolio of six to eight pieces that may include academic essay extracts or creative writing; and submit an up-todate resumé. Companies that have hired Centennial College journalism program graduates include: NOW Magazine, Oshawa This Week, 680 News, Toronto Star, TSN, and many others.