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Program Code: 04751 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Journalism advanced diploma program is designed to produce dynamic storytellers who are immediately ready to work in a variety of media platforms as reporters, broadcasters, editors, producers and digital content managers. Our program is also ideal for those looking to go into communications or public relations.

As a journalism student, you’ll be given training in hands-on skills that are at the forefront of what’s happening in the industry today including reporting the news, creating broadcast stories, writing feature articles, capturing high quality images and creating compelling digital presentations. Our tight deadlines match industry standards. You will work individually and in teams in the classroom and in the field, and you will learn from industry experts and media personalities. As well, you will get a solid grounding in media law and ethics.

We are constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the new reality of journalism in the digital age.

Our program features:

  • courses with a focus on digital media, online publishing and developing web content including social media
  • hands-on technical and production training including broadcast equipment, digital prepress, TV production and multimedia management
  • entrepreneurial skills advice for today’s highly competitive media communications market
  • real-life experience working on our online news site humbernews.ca, Humber Et Cetera campus news online, Radio Humber 96.9 FM, Humber TV and magazine productions
  • valuable industry exposure and contacts through work placements that help you build your network and resumé
  • experienced faculty working in industry bringing extensive and exclusive media connections
Courses Program Standards

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Report on a range of stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional, and timely manner.

  2. Apply computer and technical skills to a range of production and research functions in journalism.

  3. Provide leadership within editorial and production teams, while valuing independence and fostering collaboration.

  4. Analyze knowledge from communities, current events and public affairs, and history to interpret and express the context for a range of journalism publications and/or productions.

  5. Develop strategies for personal and professional development.

  6. Comply with and promote adherence to relevant Canadian legislation, standards, and the principles and practices of journalism.

  7. Write and edit complex content for a range of media platforms.

  8. Publish and broadcast content for a range of media platforms.

  9. Apply production skills and use production equipment in the preparation and distribution of content for a range of media platforms.


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Work Placement

You’ll gain valuable first-hand experience through a mandatory work placement, usually unpaid, in the final semester of your studies. 

Industry partners include but are not limited to: CBC (TV News, Radio News, Talk Radio, Online and Podcasts), CTV (News Channel, Toronto Bureau, Ottawa Bureau, CTVNews.ca), CP24, Global TV News, TV Ontario, CityNews, 680 News, Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Postmedia, the Canadian Press, local and regional newspapers, Canadian Geographic, The Hockey News, TSN, Sportsnet, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Rogers M-School, Toronto Life Magazine, Entertainment One, Cineflix, ET Canada, etalk, The Social, CityLine and the Marilyn Denis Show.

The Humber Advantage

Radio Humber is a community/campus radio station that serves the "Humber Community" - namely: Humber College, its' schools, students and faculty at all three campuses, as well as their surrounding geographical communities.

Radio Humber broadcasts live from the campus of the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Toronto Canada. Play by plays with the Humber Hawks - a consolidated project in cooperation with Humber BRTV are also broadcasted by Radio Humber. New broadcasters are provided with a "best of class" radio training facility and have a long list of well-known Alumni who got their start with Radio Humber.

Radio Humber is Canada's first "All Canadian" radio station introducing and breaking new Canadian artists of all types of musical stylings. This includes a massive instrumental catalogue that is performed, recorded and supplied by students and faculty at the Lakeshore campus.

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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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Humber College’s storyLAB and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting are collaborating to sponsor the storyLAB Data Journalism Grant. The grant supports data-driven journalism projects related to essential and underserved topics affecting Canadians.

This program has a common platform with 1 common semester, giving you 5 choices.

Expert Faculty

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Cobi Ladner

Cobi Ladner had her eye on a career in television after graduating from Ryerson’s Radio & Television Arts program; however, the writing was on the wall for her to work in print. She landed her first job at Chatelaine magazine, then moved on to Canadian Living and eventually House & Home magazine where she enjoyed a special connection with Canadian homeowners through her role as editor-in-chief for 15 years. Cobi was a key contributor to building the H&H brand in all areas from product with The Bay, to television with HGTV and daily morning shows, to an online presence, books, and special interest publications.

In 2008, Cobi struck out on her own to create a home decor and media brand embodying her personal style and spirit. In five short years, cobistyle grew to be a nationally recognized brand with products available in over 1,000 stores across Canada. She authored a best-selling children’s book called Why is an Orange called an Orange? A firm believer in lifelong learning, Cobi completed her master of ducation in 2020 with a focus on adult education.

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Rob Lamberti

An awarding-winning newspaper and multi-media journalist in Ontario with 30 years of experience in writing news, photography, videography, editing, and assigning. Holds Journalism Diploma, Humber College; B.A. Political Science, York University; and Master of Communication Management, McMaster University.

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Kelly Roche

Kelly Roche is a multimedia storyteller who specializes in digital journalism and social media.

She's the first Humber College instructor to use Instagram in the classroom and empowers students by teaching the latest technology, including artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning.

Her broadcasting career began with (hoop) dreams of covering the NBA as a sideline reporter, soon realizing she prefers crime scene tape to rebounds. Kelly became a daily news reporter and videographer at CTV Windsor and the Ottawa Sun.

The $100 Startup inspired Kelly to channel her newsroom hustle into an entrepreneurial venture. She created QEW South Post, an innovative hyperlocal news site, less than 24 hours after reading the book. Kelly worked seven days a week as a reporter/editor/publisher covering two city wards in Mississauga, Ont., while building a brand and strategic relationships.

Kelly's disruption was embraced by the community. She was recruited by Quickbite News as a senior editor for another startup, successfully launching InHalton.com, a content marketing blog covering the suburbs further west of Toronto. The site blends traditional news and lifestyle with viral content; she played a huge role in effectively packaging items for social, mobile and video. By creating strategic partnerships and leveraging data, Kelly was instrumental in garnering nearly 14,000 organic Facebook likes in its first 365 days.

Her freelance work currently focuses on business, sustainability, and news in the Greater Toronto Area.

Kelly is best described by a former newspaper editor as ""fearless.""

Find her on Twitter and IG: @kellyroche6"

Your Career

Everywhere you look, people are tweeting, posting, sharing, writing, shooting video, creating audio projects and more. But how can you tell what’s accurate, what has merit and what is important? The need for news and expertise – the hallmark of journalism at Humber – has never been greater.

While, historically, many graduates have found work as a reporter for a newspaper, a radio or TV station or as a magazine feature writer, today you may be just as likely to see your career develop in digital communications, either working for an enterprise or developing your own independent entrepreneurial brand.

As media organizations change to meet the needs of the public, there are more opportunities for people with modern communication skillsets to begin their careers. These skills are transferable to all industries and sectors – wherever there are organizations looking to communicate their message, build their brand and tell their stories.

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 3 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

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    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,705.14
  • international: $16,414.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

WITHIN HUMBER

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Graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent or more may be considered for admission. Graduates may then complete the degree with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study plus a work term. Successful applicants must also possess:

  • ENG4U or Humber’s WRIT 100 or 200 level course, or equivalent, with a minimum grade of 65 per cent.

Admission will be based on availability in the program.

*The advanced standing outlined is a general guideline. Diploma graduates may be required to take courses in lower semesters in order to meet the overall degree learning outcomes.

 

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$2500.00 Diploma to Degree Transfer Student Scholarship

All students who have achieved a cumulative program grade point average (GPA) of 80% or better upon graduation of their Ontario college diploma will be automatically awarded a one-time scholarship of $2,500 in recognition of their academic achievement at the diploma level.

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Consecutive Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Technological Education

The consecutive BEd (Technological Education) Program at York University is open to Humber graduates who have successfully completed the Journalism Advanced Diploma program. Consistent with all other BEd programs at York, the Technological Education option requires completion of 60 credits offered in two consecutive Fall/Winter sessions in addition to the requirements of the student’s program at the sending institution.

Individuals who successfully complete the Consecutive BEd (Technological Education) program and who have successfully completed an approved applied degree or advanced diploma and a minimum of 2 years (24 months) of work experience related to the areas of Technological Education selected as options in the program of professional education will be eligible for recommendation by York University to receive a Certificate of Qualification in Technological Education from the Ontario College of Teachers so they may teach Technological Education in an Ontario Secondary School. Agreement covers admission up to F/W 2021 session. Candidates must apply to York University.  

 Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

BA (Hons) Journalism

Humber Graduates who have successfully completed the Humber College Journalism Advanced Diploma and who have achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 2.3 or 64%, will be granted Advanced Standing into the Sunderland Programme BA (Hons) Journalism (Year 3).  Any Humber student wishing to apply to a Sunderland Programme must apply for the Sunderland Programme through UCAS or directly to the University via online.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Journalism (Digital Video and Writing), Gold Coast and Nathan

Applicants from Humber College who meet the requirements will be eligible for admission to Griffith University (Nathan and Gold Coast) with full block transfer credit, provided all other entrance criteria are met and space remains available in the related program of study.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Media and Communications - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing

Humber students who have successfully completed the Journalism Advanced Diploma with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (62.5%) or 4.5 out of 7.0 and who meet all other admission requirements will be granted 36 credit points (1.5 years) towards either the Bachelor of Media and Communications - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing, or the Bachelor Media and Communications - Online Media, Podcasting and Radio at Macquarie University.  Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Bachelor of Media and Communications - Online Media, Podcasting and Radio

Humber students who have successfully completed the Journalism Advanced Diploma with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (62.5%) or 4.5 out of 7.0 and who meet all other admission requirements will be granted 36 credit points (1.5 years) towards either the Bachelor of Media and Communications - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing, or the Bachelor Media and Communications - Online Media, Podcasting and Radio at Macquarie University.  Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who complete a 3 year diploma at Humber: Davenport University will grant the student 90 credit hours towards the completion of a bachelor degree program.  You will need to complete a minium of 30 credit hours (approximately one year of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements.  Students must complete a minimum total of 120 credit hours to earn a bachelors degree.  

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution.

If you still have questions, reach out to the transfer admissions team at info@davenport.edu or 1.800.686.1600.

BA in Communication, Radio/Television

Humber and Centenary University have entered into an agreement to facilitate the transfer of Humber graduates with appropriate prerequisite qualifications and grades for advanced standing into Centenary University.  

Graduates with a GPA of B- or 80-82% in Humber's Journalism Advanced Diploma may receive up to 64 credits towards the BA in Communication, Radio/Television program.  Sixty-four (64) remaining credits may be required for program completion.  Final advanced standing granted to an applicant requires an assessment of transcripts and electives taken.

Humber applicants are required to submit the following to Centenary:

  • a completed application form (with essay where applicable) along with the application fee
  • official Humber transcript sent directly to Centenary from Humber
  • verification of high school graduation
  • Letter of Recommendation from a Humber Program Coordinator, specifying why the student is a good candidate for the program.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Coordinator of Study Abroad and International Student Admissions
Patricia.Mahaffey@CentenaryUniversity.edu

Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Humber and Seneca Colleges have entered into an agreement that increases student opportunities for degree completion at both institutions.  Humber graduates may transfer into Seneca’s Honours Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies with entry into Semester 5, Year 3 of the program.    

Admissions:

All applicants to Seneca degree programs are required to have successfully completed the related Humber program with a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 (70%).

All applicants may apply through the Ontario College Application Service and must submit an official academic transcript for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.  The application must be received no later than the stated deadline for the given term being applied for in order to qualify for admission.

For further information, please contact:  academic.pathways@senecacollege.ca

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Law LLB

Humber students who have successfully completed a Diploma or Advanced Diploma in any field at Humber College and meet the requirements, will be considered for admission into the University of Gloucestershire's Bachelor of Law LLB program. 

International students should demonstrate and must provide evidence that they have attained a level of English equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in writing. Alternative acceptable English Language qualifications can be found at: https://www.glos.ac.uk/international/

Students will be expected to attend an Academic Induction preceding entry to the program. Students admitted to the UoG program will pay the appropriate annual tuition fee rate. The definitive fees will be those published here: https://www.glos.ac.uk/international/

Students admitted to UoG from Humber will be eligible to receive the international bursary. This award, and its ruling terms and conditions, is subject to change on an annual basis. For September 2020/January 2021 entry, the applicable bursary is £3,000, and will be automatically applied against tuition for successful applicants from Humber. Please note that the bursary is only available to students who are studying full-time at the UoG on campus in the UK, and completing a full degree (not available for distance learning or master's stage students).

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact us for more information:

Shandin Rickard-Hughes
International Marketing & Student Recruitment Manager, Americas
srickardhughes@glos.ac.uk

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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

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How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

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