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Bachelor of Journalism

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Program Code: 22241
Credential: Honours Degree
Program Length: 8 semesters
Start Dates: N/A

Program Overview

The truth-telling role of journalism has never been more important than it is today. Humber’s Bachelor of Journalism degree program helps you develop all of the skills you will need to report on the biggest and most compelling stories in your community and around the world. Journalism is the perfect field for students with a desire to inform and engage the public. In addition to traditional skills like critical thinking, researching, reporting and interviewing, you will also learn how to use audio, text, video, and photos to create compelling online stories for a wide range of digital platforms.

You will study both the theoretical and practical aspects of journalism, and you’ll do it using the latest industry-standard hardware and software in Humber’s Newsroom. You will have access to and learn from instructors with deep and varied journalism experience. You will have the chance to pursue your interests with journalism classes that will teach you to cover sports, arts, politics, lifestyle and more. Breadth education electives will help you expand your knowledge in a variety of areas.

Our program has been designed with input from journalists and media professionals ensuring that it provides the skills required for a wide variety of journalism careers.

Note: This program will be relocating to the North Campus in September 2025. Students who begin the program in Fall 2022 or later will complete the latter part of the program at the North Campus.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Semester 4

JOUR 2001: Audio Reporting
JOUR 2100: Digital Journalism: Theory and Practice
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BEAT : Journalism BA - BEAT Electives
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DEGE : Degree Breadth Elective
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THRY : Journalism BA-Theory Electives

Semester 6

JOUR 3001: News Now 1
JOUR 4001: Investigative Reporting
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BEAT : Journalism BA - BEAT Electives
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DEGE : Degree Breadth Elective
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THRY : Journalism BA-Theory Electives

Work Experience - SEM 6C

JOUR 3600: Work Term


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Analyze media theory, social systems, and current and historic perspectives to inform judgments of news value and interpret the context for a range of digital journalism products.
  2. Investigate diverse forms of and approaches to journalism, to identify the advantages and limitations of various media practices and products.
  3. Critique pieces of journalism to identify how they function as interpretation, analysis, assessment and advocacy while maintaining accuracy and fairness.
  4. Integrate professional research and writing skills to produce original research applicable to the field of journalism.
  5. Gather and synthesize complex information to report on a range of stories in an accurate, detailed, proportional, professional, and timely manner.
  6. Strategically use advanced methods and computer and technical skills for researching, collecting, organizing, analyzing, presenting and evaluating information and data in various media forms.
  7. Apply creative thinking and production and project management skills in the preparation and distribution of images and content to produce news items for distribution across digital media platforms from pitch to outline to final form while meeting deadlines.
  8. Write and edit complex content for a range of media platforms that meets professional industry standards and contributes to the understanding of the topic or situation under investigation.
  9. Apply professional communication skills to interviewing, reporting, and delivery of news that adheres to industry standards and contributes to the understanding of the topic or situation under investigation.
  10. Evaluate journalistic choices with consideration for one’s ability to access information, news judgment, awareness of audience, technical and logistical constraints, and alternative approaches.
  11. Self-assess to develop a portfolio of journalistic projects and to inform a plan for professional development and promoting oneself as a journalist.
  12. Comply with and promote adherence to professional and ethical codes of conduct, guidelines and legal requirements.
  13. Establish a professional media identity based on an analysis of personal interests, opportunities, benefits, risks, marketing, strategies and audience.
  14. Collaborate in journalistic teams to achieve desired goals and respond to varying points of view.


Work Placement

You will complete a 14-week work placement in the summer between Years 3 and 4. This placement provides an opportunity to gain experience in your chosen field and to meet professionals in journalism and digital communications settings. Many of the placements are offered in the Greater Toronto Area, a hub for Canada’s media industry. The work settings and the work itself support your professional development and will provide you with both the knowledge and skills required to enter the profession, as well as the confidence to perform the work required.

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Tell, Share, and Shape Your Stories

In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before to tell stories, share images, and shape opinions. As media organizations change to meet the demands of the public, there are opportunities for people with modern skill sets to begin their careers. Use your digital and social media skills to succeed in the evolving fields of journalism and communications. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada forecasts that media and communications job openings will increase over the next decade.

The Newsroom features new and improved workspaces for students working on individual projects and collaborating to cover breaking news stories.

It also houses a series of fully equipped video and audio edit suites. Students will also be able to use a Dejero, allowing them to stream video live from virtually any location. The technology also allows multiple classes to be taught at the same time.

The Newsroom reinforces the digital journalism focus of the program, it adds to the technical proficiency of our students, keeping them at the cutting edge of the industry.

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Newsroom equipment

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StoryLab is commited to data-driven storytelling. It fosters multidisciplinary opportunities for Humber staff, students, and industry partners, including Data-Driven--a data journalism symposium for coders, investigative reporters, developers and data advocates--and collaborative journalism projects such as Surviving Hate.

The Faculty of Media & Creative Arts HD TV Mobile is a multi-camera television facility used for remote broadcast television production. The mobile contains all the high definition broadcast television equipment found in a television studio, but has the ability to travel to an event to cover it live.

It is a complete broadcast facility on wheels, with 6 HD broadcast television cameras, production switcher, audio console, camera control, digital recording and non-linear editing, slow motion replay and 3D graphic generator. It has the ability to record an event, or feed live to web stream, with satellite or terrestrial transmission.

The HD Television Mobile offers a “real-world” broadcast production experience for students, using “state-of-the-art” equipment found in similar industry facilities. Students learn and practice the exact skills that they will need after graduation.

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control room

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Expert Faculty


You'll learn from professors who have real-world experience and are active in the industry. Our professors are committed to providing you with practical, hands-on training to help you achieve the career you want.

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Angela Murphy

MA (Journalism) - Western University
BA (Honours) English and Political Science - University of Toronto

Dan Rowe

PhD – Syracuse University, NY, USA
MA (Journalism) - Western University
BA (History) - Queen’s University

Jeffrey Berman

BA (Honours) Political Science – Western University
MA (Journalism) - Western University

Mike Karapita

BA (Honours) English and Political Science – University of Toronto
MJ – Carleton University

Siobhan Moore

MA (Journalism) – University of Missouri

Steven James May

PhD (Communication and Culture) - York University & Ryerson University
MA (Media Production) - Ryerson University
BAA (Honours) Radio and Television Arts - Ryerson University
BAS (Honours) Administrative Studies - Trent University

Susan Grimbly

BA (English and Urban Geography) - University of Toronto
Graduate – Six-week Radcliffe Publishing Course at Harvard


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Matt Elliott

A Toronto-based writer with an interest in local politics, urban issues, mobility, technology and data visualization, Matt Elliott has contributed columns and analysis about Toronto city hall and urban affairs to outlets like the Toronto Star, CBC Toronto, Metro News and many others. He also founded and writes City Hall Watcher, a weekly independent newsletter covering municipal politics that has been cited internationally as an example of a local-news success story. Matt has been teaching part-time in the Bachelor of Journalism program since 2014.

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Shenaz Kermalli

Shenaz Kermalli is a freelance writer and journalism lecturer at Humber College, Ryerson University and University of Toronto. She is a former producer and writer with Al Jazeera English, BBC News, and CBC Television. Her writing has appeared in The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and The Ottawa Citizen, among others. Shenaz holds an MA degree in Near and Middle Eastern Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in the UK and a BA in Journalism Studies from the University of Sheffield.

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Steven May

Steven May is a Professor at Humber College's Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. May holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University and York University. His core research interest is television distribution in the digital age.

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Siobhan Moore

Siobhan Moore is a former newspaper journalist who worked in newsrooms in Nova Scotia and Toronto newsrooms until she decided she could contribute more by helping journalism students learn how to work in an industry beset by the tumult of the internet. Siobhan has an honours degree in English literature degree from Mount Allison University and a master of arts in journalism from the University of Missouri. Siobhan is a co-author and editor of the second Canadian edition of Reporting for the Media published by Oxford University Press.

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Dan Rowe

Dan Rowe is a professor, and the program coordinator of Humber College's Bachelor of Journalism program. His writing has been published by a range of Canadian publications and he is the author of a textbook on feature writing published by Oxford University Press Canada. Dan has a PhD in mass communications from Syracuse University's Newhouse School. He has also taught journalism courses at Ryerson, Laurier Brantford, and Syracuse.

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Richard Warnica

Richard Warnica teaches feature writing in the Bachelor of Journalism program. He is a business feature writer at the Toronto Star and a former reporter, feature writer and editor for, among others, the National Post, Maclean's, Canadian Business, the Edmonton Journal and the He has been a finalist of the National Newspaper Awards in column writing, feature writing and international reporting and the National Magazine Award in column writing. He has a graduate degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia, a bachelor of political science from the University of Victoria and was the 2018-19 Webster/McConnell Fellow at Massey College at the University of Toronto.

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Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Duffin Wolfe teaches interactive design and digital storytelling in the Digital Communications, Journalism, and Film degree programs at Humber’s Lakeshore campus. Before joining Humber, she completed a PhD in English, Book History, and Print Culture, and worked as a critic, magazine editor, and web developer. She’s taught previously at OCAD University and the University of Toronto, and is working to develop Humber’s immersive storytelling capacity. You can learn more about her writing and projects at her website:

Your Career

Technology, the internet and social media have forever changed how information is created and shared. In the digital age, journalists have far more reach than ever before, as news organizations experiment with innovative ways to tell stories and shape opinions using a range of media across multiple platforms. Our program puts you on the inside track to this challenging and fast-paced profession.

When you graduate, you will be ready to experience the thrill of reporting on important local, national and international news, as well as sports, entertainment and lifestyle stories with the reward of keeping audiences up-to-date with informative, compelling stories. You will reflect the world back to audiences across today’s multimedia spectrum where information can be accessed through print, broadcast, the web and mobile media. Reporting live from the scene of breaking news, you will learn to craft informative stories about current affairs and put issues and trends into context with insightful analysis.

In addition to journalism, you will have the skills to pursue a career as a web content producer, media relations manager, editor, communications specialist and researcher, as well as a variety of positions relating to digital media production.

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