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Program Code: 04751 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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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

Semester 5

JRNL 326: Professional Practice
Select 2 from the following courses
JRNL: Journalism Elective

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

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

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

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

  • 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.

  • Develop strategies for personal and professional development.

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

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

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

  • 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 (Nes 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, 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 Dennis Show.

The Humber Advantage

Communication Platform

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


Expert Faculty

Our professors are working professionals who have gained experience at some of Canada's leading media outlets.


storyLAB

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.


96.9fm Radio Humber

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.

Live Labs

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The Humber HD TV Mobile Unit

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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Explore the Radio Humber

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Explore the Mobile Broadcast Truck

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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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Program Availability

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Virtual Information Session: Bachelor of Public Relations

Virtual Information Session: Bachelor of Public Relations

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Wed, December 02, 2020
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With skills-based training in planning, consulting, researching, and writing, Humber's Bachelor of Public Relations program prepares you for public relations roles in all sectors. Meet the program co-ordinator and get your questions answered! Register here.

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Which Media & Creative Arts program is for you?

Which Media & Creative Arts program is for you?

Thu, November 19, 2020

Find out at an upcoming program information session!

From Monday, November 23, 2020, to Friday, January 29, 2021, the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts is hosting one-hour virtual information sessions at various times. Connect with our professors to hear how you'll get hands-on experience through Live Labs, performances, and ongoing work-integrated learning, and learn the industry-specific business skills needed wherever your career and your story take you. Your professional future starts here.

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Journalism students premiere documentary at LA film festival

Journalism students premiere documentary at LA film festival

Wed, October 14, 2020

Pearl Under Pressure, a documentary short by Lucy Lau and Harmony Multani, had its public premiere at the Los Angeles Lift Off Film Festival.

The 12-minute film, the pair's capstone project for the Journalism graduate certificate program, highlights efforts to combat child abuse in Uganda. The film grew out of a health and social change intiative led by Denmark's University College Absalon with partial funding from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union. 

Read more about Lau and Multani's film and their experience documenting the stories of women and children in Uganda.

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Emmy Award-winning grad shares secret to her success

Emmy Award-winning grad shares secret to her success

Tue, October 06, 2020

Film & Television Production grad Katie Halliday is a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award winner for sound editing the season three finale of Stranger Things.

She spoke to Humber Today about her work, what it's like to collaborate with the Duffer Brothers, and how she went from Humber Film to Hollywood sound editor. Read her full interview.

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Humber to light up the night during virtual Nuit Blanche Toronto

Humber to light up the night during virtual Nuit Blanche Toronto

Fri, October 02, 2020

Humber College and Humber Galleries are hosting five projects for Nuit Blanche Toronto Online on Saturday, October 3.

Humber is the only participating postsecondary institution and the five projects--available for online viewing for 12 hours starting at 7 pm--are the most by any participating institution.

Learn more about Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020, or find out more about the Humber-sponsored projects, including a short film by students in the College's Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship and a composition by a Bachelor of Music graduate.

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Public Relations prof, senior fellow honoured for mentorship pilot

Public Relations prof, senior fellow honoured for mentorship pilot

Mon, September 28, 2020

Bachelor of Public Relations program co-ordinator Anne Marie Males and Eileen Tobey were recognized by the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS).

The two were honoured for their work on the Bachelor of Public Relations Senior Fellow in Residence program, which brought Tobey, who runs her own agency, to Humber as the CPRS Senior Fellow in Residence. Males received the 2020 Award of Attainment and Tobey was named the CPRS Mentor of the Year. Read more about their innovative collaboration and the residency program.

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News

Maria Saba Wins 2020 Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

Maria Saba Wins 2020 Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

School for Writers

Mon, October 26, 2020

Meet thethe recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship, Maria Saba.

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Industry Insights – Three Questions for Three Leaders

Industry Insights – Three Questions for Three Leaders

Tue, October 20, 2020

We spoke with three industry professionals and heard their thoughts on how the industry is changing and what students can do to keep up and stand out.

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Media & Creative Arts Anti-Racism Action Plan

Media & Creative Arts Anti-Racism Action Plan

Thu, June 25, 2020

In being accountable to our communities and to ourselves, our Action Plan will ensure transparency and collaboration around the work we need to do.

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It’s hard, I know. But, you’ll get there.

It’s hard, I know. But, you’ll get there.

Mon, May 11, 2020

To those students who are worried, stressed, confused, and lost, I understand.

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Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists

Thu, June 13, 2019

96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.

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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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    or

    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 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,740.64
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

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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.

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Arts (BA) - Professional Communication

Royal Roads University and Humber College have agreed to facilitate the block transfer of graduates of the following Humber diploma programs:

  • Broadcasting-Radio
  • Broadcasting - Television/Videography
  • Journalism
  • Media Communications

into the third year of Royal Roads University's Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication. Humber graduates applying for such transfer credit must have met all entrance criteria to the BA in Professional Communication program. Entrance to all programs at Royal Roads University is on a competitive basis.

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 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.

Bachelor of Media - 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  the Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing or the Bachelor Media - Media Studies or the Bachelor of Media - Radio, Digital, Audio and Broadcast Production at Macquarie University.

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

Bachelor of Media - Media Studies

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  the Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing or the Bachelor Media - Media Studies or the Bachelor of Media - Radio, Digital, Audio and Broadcast Production at Macquarie University.

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

Bachelor of Media - Radio - Digital - Audio and Broadcast Production

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  the Bachelor of Media - Journalism and Nonfiction Writing or the Bachelor Media - Media Studies or the Bachelor of Media - Radio, Digital, Audio and Broadcast Production at Macquarie University.

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

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.

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.

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.

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

For those students who complete a 3 year diploma at Humber, Davenport University will grant the student 90 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program. You will need to complete a minimum of 30 credit hours (approximately one year of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 3 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

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

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Lara King, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4513
lara.king@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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.

Admissions Road Map

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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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