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Centennial College’s Journalism Program Offers Training for Newspapers, Magazines,  the Internet and More!

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ “The   journalism   program   is   very   hands­on,”   says   Shawn   Bailey,   a   graduate   of   Centennial   College’s  journalism program. “We get to experience so many different things having to do with journalism such as  creating and writing for our own community newspaper, The Observer. There are other aspects like TV,  radio, online. I chose Centennial College because being in college is very hands­on and I didn’t want to  learn from books. I wanted to learn from doing.”  Shawn has done an excellent job of demonstrating the appealing aspects of this journalism program but   let’s take a closer look. The three­year Journalism program is designed for high school graduates. It will  prepare them for a career by taking them from the classroom to a newsroom. In this program students:   apply skills in a newsroom writing for a community newspaper and an online publication; cover a variety of  topics   while   developing   the   critical   foundation   skills   they’ll   need   for   a   career   as   a   reporter,   editor   or  broadcaster   and   beyond;   develop   new   multi­platform   and   online   skills   for   the   evolving   world   of   news  reporting; and more. Specific   courses   include:   Reporting   (offers   instruction   and   practice   in   multi­media   writing   disciplines,  primarily from the perspective of newspaper and online articles and media presentations); Journalism Law  and Ethics (students learn how to avoid such journalistic legal problems as libel and contempt of court,  and to develop strategies for dealing with ethical challenges when they arise); Copy Editing (emphasis is  placed on efficiently correcting both factual and stylistic errors, as well as generating appropriate headlines  and photo cutlines); and many others. In   their   final   semester   of   the   journalism   program,   students   spend   15   weeks   in   a   full­time   placement,  working 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. In arranging   placement matches, faculty will take into account the student’s aptitudes and career goals.


To apply for Centennial’s journalism program, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary  School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Possession of minimum admission  requirements   does   not   guarantee   admission.   There   is   also   a   compulsory   English   12C   or   U   or   skills  assessment, or equivalent requirement. During the admission process, students must complete an editing  test   and   a  current   affairs   questionnaire   and   write   a   short   essay   (topic   provided).   English   will   also  be  considered in the admissions process for journalism school.

Qualified  graduates  may be  eligible  to participate  in   an  articulated  program  with  selected  universities,   institutes   and  professional   associations.   These   partnerships   allow   graduates   to   apply   academic   credit  towards further study. Centennial College’s journalism partner is Athabasca University, where students can  obtain a Professional Arts degree (Communication Studies).

Students can also earn a journalism diploma from Centennial while working on a four­year honours degree   from the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). After applying through U of T, successful candidates  will spend two years at the university and then enter Centennial’s fast­track program. In four years, they   will have earned a diploma and degree.


Centennial Colleges Journalism Program Offers Training for Newspapers