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Journalism

Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Journalism (BJourn)
Administered by: School of Journalism
Program Format: Full-time, four-year program.
Full-time, advanced standing program with Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Toronto Met's Journalism program prepares students for a digital-first news culture while keeping the essentials of reporting and the social role of journalism front and centre in their learning experience. Featuring broad course choices in both professional and academic areas, the program also allows students freedom to set their educational priorities and tailor their program to preferred career paths.

Full-Time, Four-Year Program

Admission Guidelines: O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English (ENG4U)/Anglais (EAE4U). 

Notes:

  1. A grade of 70 percent or higher will be required in ENG4U/EAE4U.
  2. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Advanced Standing for Graduates of the Journalism Diploma Program from Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning

Toronto Met will consider graduates of the following Sheridan College two-year diploma programs for advanced-level admission to Toronto Met’s Journalism Program:

  • Sheridan College Journalism
  • Sheridan College Journalism – Broadcast Diploma (former program)
  • Sheridan College Journalism – Print Diploma (former program)

Projected completion of the Journalism degree requirements is five semesters and is dependent on a number of variables, including diploma program studies completed, space availability and the individual student’s progress in the program curriculum.

 
Admission Guidelines:

  1. O.S.S.D. with six Grade 12 U/M courses including Grade 12 U English (ENG4U)/Anglais (EAE4U). 
  2. A grade of 70 percent or higher is required in ENG4U/EAE4U.
  3. Completion of an acceptable Sheridan College two-year diploma program with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (B)  is required.
  4. Subject to competition, candidates may be required to present averages/grades above the minimum.

Students are introduced to journalism as practised across all forms of media within the first two years, after which they may choose courses to concentrate in specific media (online, newspaper, magazine and broadcast) or gain expertise in a cross-media skill such as editing, or in a specific beat in journalism (including sports, business or international reporting).

After taking courses building skills and evaluating theories associated with journalism, students may finish their program with an internship at a professional news organization and/or with the chance to work on the School of Journalism's print, broadcast and online products (see the School's website for details).

Students are coached and assisted by instructors drawn from major newspapers, magazines, online news, and television and radio networks. Students also take a variety of liberal studies and professionally-related subjects.

Liberal Studies

Students must take two lower level liberal studies courses and four upper level liberal studies courses to graduate. Students must not choose courses that are restricted for their program or major.

Please refer to the liberal studies chapter of this calendar for more information on the Liberal Studies Policy. Further information on liberal studies can also be found at the Faculty of Arts' Liberal Studies website, opens in new window.

Table A - Lower Level Restrictions

Fall 2014 and prior admits: English courses are not available for credit.

Minors

Students may pursue any Minor offered by Toronto Met (with some exceptions). Please refer to the Minors chapter of this calendar for further information on individual Minor requirements and exclusions.

The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education Certificates

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible program exclusions. Please refer to the Certificate Registration section of the Curriculum Advising website, opens in new window for complete details.

1st & 2nd Semester

REQUIRED:

  • JRN 103 Introduction to Journalism
  • JRN 104 Approaches and Techniques for Journalists
  • JRN 105 Multimedia News Reporting
  • JRN 106 Visualizing Facts

CORE ELECTIVE: Two courses from the following:

  • ECN 104 Introductory Microeconomics
  • ECN 204 Introductory Macroeconomics
  • ENG 110 Literatures Across Borders
  • ENG 208 Introduction to Non-Fiction
  • HIS 490 International Relations from 1945
  • HST 407 Canada from 1885: The Struggle for Identity
  • POG 100 People, Power and Politics
  • POG 110 Power and Influence in Canadian Politics

OPEN ELECTIVE: One Open Elective

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table A - Lower Level Liberal Studies.

  

3rd & 4th Semester

REQUIRED:

CORE ELECTIVE: Two courses from Table II.

OPEN ELECTIVE: One Open Elective

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

  

5th & 6th Semester

REQUIRED:

  • JRN 344 Making a Difference: How Journ. Matters

CORE ELECTIVE:
Four one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table I.

CORE ELECTIVE: One course from Table II.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Two Open Electives

LIBERAL STUDIES:
Two courses from Table B - Upper Level Liberal Studies.

  

7th & 8th Semester

REQUIRED and CORE ELECTIVE: Select one option* from the following:

Option 1:

Option 2:

  • JRN 851 Newsroom Masthead
  • Plus two one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

Option 3:

  • JRN 850 Internship
  • Plus two one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

Option 4:

Option 5:

  • JRN 840 Journalism Capstone Project
  • Plus three one-count (or equivalent) courses from Table IV.

OPEN ELECTIVE: Five one count (or equivalent) Open Electives

* Enrolment in these courses may require an interview.

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