Journalism is about finding and telling accurate stories that matter. It shapes public opinion and helps people understand the political and social world. Journalism encourages open-mindedness and demands objectivity so the public can weigh options and form informed opinions about world issues.
The Major in Journalism explores the art of storytelling in the digital age. The program offers a variety of courses that allow students to develop storytelling skills using multi-media tools, including video, photography, sound, and social media platforms. The program promotes strong writing skills, the exploration of media ethics and the influence of new media in society. The program is designed for students with an interest in professional journalism and digital content production.
- You are curious, energetic, and expressive
- You care about other people, the community you live in, and the state of the world in general
- You like to write and tell stories
Being a Journalism student means developing advanced skills in writing and editing, as well as in presenting information in a compelling way and making sense of complex issues and events. You will learn to identify issues that others have missed or overlooked. You will ask important questions and deliver facts and details in ways that shed light on otherwise complicated situations.
You will learn to get to the root of a story and inform the public on things they need to know. Since journalists are constantly reporting on a wide variety of topics, your ability to digest information, think critically about it, and react appropriately will become second nature.
Journalism graduates interested in reporting the news find work with large and small companies, delivering important stories in print, radio, television, and web. Our graduates move on to writing and producing jobs at such organizations as the CBC, CTV, Global News, as well as newspapers from The Telegraph Journal to The Toronto Star. We have also had recent graduates find work with major magazines, online publications, and as staff writers covering professional sports teams. For graduates looking for alternative careers to reporting, the knowledge and skills learned from studying Journalism prepares you for work in a range of fields from business to education to politics.
Becoming a journalist means you will be required to write about a diverse collection of topics and issues. A liberal arts education is an excellent way to acquire a breadth of knowledge that will prepare you for your career as a reporter. A great place to start is by learning about governments in Political Science and International Relations courses. You may be interested in writing about national or international Human Rights, so courses from that program may be of interest. Other academic fields that go well with Journalism are ones that help you learn about people and the environments in which they live – Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Anthropology, and History, to name a few.