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Canada’s Top Journalism Schools


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As technology continues to develop, we see the age of information growing alongside it, and now is the best time in history to enter the world of journalism. For those who are interested in educating themselves for this thriving industry, do your research on the top programs offered in Canada.

The following journalism schools have reputable bachelor’s degrees, and some have exceptional master’s degrees, which is something to consider when choosing programs.

Ryerson University

This competitive undergraduate program accepts 150 students each year to its four-year program. Passionate industry professionals, who prepare students with a hands-on and practical approach, including real-life situations, teach the program. All students in their fourth year have the choice to participate in an internship. Ryerson now offers a two-year master’s degree program that could be the most recognized within the industry in Canada.


Journalism Schools: Ryerson Building
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Carleton University

This degree program focuses specifically on news and political journalism, and includes a competitive marking system to weed out the students who can’t maintain the minimum B+ average throughout the program. The undergraduate program isn’t as hands-on as other schools, but the school offers two masters’ programs that are hands-on and academic. There is an intense one-year program for experienced journalists or for those with a journalism degree, as well as a two-year program for those non-journalists.


Journalism Schools: Carleton Building
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University of British Columbia

Although UBC doesn’t offer an undergraduate journalism program at the moment, it does offer one of the best master’s programs in the country. The full-time graduate degree is a five-semester program that also includes a summer internship. Smaller class sizes and one-on-one attention give students more access to resources and professors than at other schools. This equally hands-on and academic program not only prepares students in journalism, but in media studies as well.


Journalism Schools: UBC campus buildings
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University of King’s College

It takes four years to get through this competitive, deadline-driven journalism program in Halifax, Nova Scotia. There is a mandatory internship included in the program, which can allow students to find their area of focus among the many areas of journalism. A one-year master’s program is available for students with a journalism undergrad, or for those who are practicing journalists. Students must pick between two streams offered: investigative reporting or new ventures in journalism.


King's College campus buildings
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Concordia University

The three-year bachelor’s degree program, based in Montreal, Quebec, is set up differently from other schools. The program itself has three different specializations to choose from, where students can design their degree to their interests. More detailed information is offered on the university website. This intensive degree offers internship opportunities besides the hands-on and academic course work. To graduate this program students need to have a working knowledge of French. The two-year master’s program is theoretical and is not geared towards students who want to become journalists.


Journalism Schools: Concordia Campus Exterior
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University of Guelph-Humber

This combined program allows students to graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Applied Arts in Media Studies, which includes five areas of emphasis: journalism, digital communications, public relations, image arts, and media business. This theoretical and applied program also contains a 200+ hour internship to prepare students for the working world. Students will also graduate with a Diploma of Media Communications and have the option to study abroad with this program.

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University of Western Ontario

There are three types of undergraduate journalistic degrees that students can choose from: Media, Information and Technoculture; Media Theory and Production; and Media and the Public Interest. There is an option to create a combined program with Fanshawe College. There are different modules in each degree program with a variety of journalism courses offered. The one-year master’s degree program pushes a balance of journalism theory and technical training, which includes a mandatory one-month internship.

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Centennial College

Centennial offers students two excellent and versatile journalism programs, both with internship options. Students can choose to receive either the collaborative four-year Bachelor of Arts joint program with the University of Toronto (UTSC), or choose the three-year Diploma program. They also offer a two-year graduate program for university grads or practicing journalists. All programs offer strong academics to complement the practical hands-on learning, which deliver industry-ready graduates.


Journalism Schools: Centennial campus buildings
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3 thoughts on “Canada’s Top Journalism Schools

  1. imran sharif

    i would like to study to your college

    please let me know break off study

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  2. Frank Sterle

    (A related study to the post below is at: http://jspp.psychopen.eu/article/view/96/37 AND article: http://journews.concordia.ca/?p=234) ….
    Although conservative mainstream news-media in North America (and perhaps even Britain) might generally be expected to behave implicitly apologetic towards big environmental polluters, such as the corporate crude-oil sector, the relatively few yet equally mainstream outlets of an outwardly liberal slant, conversely, might be expected to vastly voice the alarm on all ecological threats, both potentially and in ongoing practice.
    However, from what I’ve observed over the last half-dozen years or so, the latter fail to do so, even though basic common sense, at least to me, would dictate that genuine ecological threats and disasters would be given the highest priority.
    Meanwhile, those progressive-reputation newspapers are very zealous in printing numerous stories (which I find have an unfortunate distractive effect away from even serious eco-concerns) on persecuted and disadvantaged minority groups, most notably those of race (and perhaps that of relevant related religion), sexuality, gender, and especially stories involving society’s most disenfranchised — the homeless and those with mindbogglingly decrepit living quarters very few of us would even think of inhabiting; and, to not be mistaken, I find stupendous and crucial such journalistic social activism. (As it were, the current and potently effective distraction, especially in conservative media, is that of the Omar Khadr compensation story.) But to me it’s clearly counterproductively absurd to stop that fervent extensive-coverage activism short of including the environment and eco-systems gravely threatened by big industries.
    (As an aside, I believe that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, at this point in time anyway, has his re-election hopes pinned on the above-mentioned politics of race, gender and gender-bending, the three major social issues most enthusiastically covered by the overtly socially progressive Canadian newspapers, The Toronto Star and Metro.)
    Furthermore, very disturbing is the corresponding tendency, in general, for polled voters heading into an election to rate the environment as the least, or next to it, of their listed election issues of importance and, equally troubling, the economy as their primary concern. After all, seemingly goes the prevailing mentality, what back and brain busting labourer will readily retain the energy to worry about such things immediately unseen regardless of their most immense importance?
    Even worsening the entire situation, such widely published poll findings can perpetuate such skewed-logic priorities, as can a negligence of otherwise meriting eco-threat coverage erroneously imply there are no real, serious environmental concerns out there about which to worry (another two relevant articles at: https://www1.udel.edu/htr/American/Texts/campcov.html AND http://gcml.org/corporate-media-and-big-oil-coup).
    To me, I see it somewhat like a cafeteria lineup consisting of diversely socially represented people, all adamantly arguing over which identifiable traditionally marginalized person should be at the front and, conversely, at the back of the line; and, furthermore, to whom amongst them should go the last piece of quality pie — all the while the interstellar spaceship on which they’re all permanently confined is burning and suffering some serious storage-tank-breach spillage of lethally toxic chemicals at onboard locations that cannot be immediately seen.
    On the other hand, I could understand why a more palliative approach to our Earthly fate might be in order, such as significantly correcting primary social injustices amongst the planet’s populaces, had humankind’s fate been irreversibly solidified in regards to global warming,
    as believed by a responding editor with a British monthly climate-concerned publication as well as many reputable climate scientists (a few examples being: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2008/dec/09/poznan-copenhagen-global-warming-targets-climate-change & http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/donald-trump-climate-change-policy-global-warming-expert-thomas-crowther-a7450236.html & https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/have-we-passed-the-point-of-no-return-on-climate-change).
    As a species, we really can be so narrow-mindedly over-preoccupied with our own admittedly overwhelming little worlds, that we’ll miss the most critical biggest of pictures.

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