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Journalism (Graduate Certificate)

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Program Code: JR511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Program Length: 3 semesters
Start Dates: September

Program Overview

Humber’s Journalism graduate certificate program will immerse you in advanced research, writing and interview practices, data mining techniques, and a range of storytelling approaches for work within a multiplatform journalistic or information-gathering environment.

Using the latest technologies, the program will focus on training graduates for the field of journalism with an emphasis on digital journalism. Graduates will be able to function in a digital/online environment including social media and data-based journalism. An emphasis will be placed on providing you with opportunities to practise and develop your journalism skills through coverage of live field events.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Select relevant content and credible sources to create complex news reports.

  2. Assess socio-political and historical context, platform requirements, and audience needs when producing news reports.

  3. Use data gathering, mining and visualization and presentation tools to identify and report stories hidden in big data.

  4. Assess industry trends to inform professional journalism decisions and develop implementation strategies.

  5. Conceptualize, produce and manage the implementation of multi-platform digital content using a variety of content management systems and industry-related technologies.

  6. Manage a project in collaboration with other media professionals as part of a news production process in an integrated, multi-platform digital environment.

  7. Comply with and support others to work in accordance with industry, professional, legal and ethical standards of practice.

  8. Develop, implement and evaluate strategies for personal, career and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency with industry.

  9. Establish and maintain strategic relationships with a diversity of stakeholders to achieve business goals and strategic objectives.


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Work Placement

Students will gain practical, hands-on experience in the industry by completing a mandatory work placement which takes place in the last semester of study. After completing a work placement preparation course, students will be supported in marketing themselves to prospective employers in order to find a work placement that aligns with their personal career goals.

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.

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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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Expert Faculty

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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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Mike Wise

Mike Wise is a journalism professor and program co-ordinator at Humber College in Toronto. Before joining Humber, Mike spent almost 32-years working for CBC Television, most recently as the anchor of the local 11:00 newscast in Toronto. Mike started working at CBC when he was just 17 and still in high school. One of his first behind-the-scenes responsibilities was to work on a federal election broadcast special, even though he wasn't legally old enough to vote.

Mike is married and has a teenage daughter. He holds an honours degree in Political Studies from Queen's. While at Queen's, he served as the executive producer of Studio-Q, the weekly student-produced campus TV show. Mike is currently working on his master's degree in communication and technology from the University of Alberta.

Your Career

Graduates will emerge with media business skills that can be directly applied to work within established news agencies or as media entrepreneurs and freelance journalists across both traditional media industries and in emerging multiplatform settings. 

 

Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2023 North Open

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General Enquiries

Call 416-675-3111 or email enquiry@humber.ca. If you have already applied, be sure to check your application status on myhumber.ca.

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mike.wise@humber.ca

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

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.

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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 four requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    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 all listed course requirements.

    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.

  • Essay

  • Applicants must complete a 400-word essay. We'd like to hear why you want to be a journalist and what skills you'll need to succeed. Tell us why you're interested in our program, and about any experience you may have (although that is not required to apply).

    Submission Instructions

  • 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.

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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 & Financial Aid

The 2022-2023 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,851.40
  • international: $18,058.00

Fees are subject to change.

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

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  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
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