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Journalism (Graduate Certificate)

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Program Code: JR511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personCurrent Students can view program delivery details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Details

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. You will also have the opportunity to pursue discipline-specific reporting in areas such as science, business, sports and the arts.

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

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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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, 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

Provincial Election Day Coverage Video

Provincial Election Day Coverage

Watch this video of Humber students covering the 2018 Provincial Election.

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.

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

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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 the program coordinator for Humber's Graduate Certificate in Journalism. He comes to Humber College after a 32-year career with CBC Toronto as an award-winning reporter and TV anchor. While at Canada's public broadcaster, he covered everything from provincial politics to technology to local arts for TV, radio and online platforms. Most recently, he hosted CBC's 11:00 local newscast for almost a decade. Mike started working at CBC as a high-school intern. One of his first responsibilities was to work on the 1988 federal election broadcast, even though he wasn't legally old enough to vote. Mike holds an Honours degree in Political Studies from Queen’s University. He 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.

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Program Availability

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Program Events

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Mon, April 19, 2021 to Thu, June 03, 2021
Online

Current is a festival of arts, media and design showcasing the work of graduating students from the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.

Featuring live and recorded performances, screenings, exhibits, networking events, and portfolio shows, Current celebrates the ingenuity and professionalism of an electric group of storytellers. Connect with them at humbercurrent.ca starting April 19, or visit the website now to reserve your free ticket to a live event!

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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 4 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 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.

  • Essay

  • Applicants must complete a 400-word essay. The topic will be general in nature relating to the field of journalism. 

    Submission Instructions

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 three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,831.98
  • international: $17,467.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit 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:

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Master of Arts (MA) - Professional Communication

Royal Roads University agrees that students admitted to the Master of Arts in Professional Communication, who have previously completed a Graduate Certificate at Humber College will receive transfer credit for successfully completed courses as follows:

  • Public Relations Ontario Graduate Certificate - transfer credit for PCOM 633 Strategic Communication (3 credits)
  • Journalism Ontario Graduate Certificate - transfer credit for PCOM 631 Video Production and Distribution (3 credits)

Humber graduates applying for such transfer credit must have met all entrance criteria to the Master of Arts in Professional Communication and space must remain available in the program.  Entrance to all programs at RRU in on a competitive basis.  

Please note: 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.

For more information, see:  http://www.royalroads.ca/prospective-students/master-arts-professional-communication

MA Journalism

Humber Graduates who have successfully completed the Humber College Journalism (Graduate Certificate) and who have achieved an overall Grade Point Average of 2.3 or 64%, will be granted Advanced Standing into the Sunderland Programme MA Journalism.  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.

MA Broadcast Journalism

Humber College and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have entered into an agreement to facilitate the progression of Humber's Graduate Certificate in Journalism students to enter one of the following NTU School of Arts and Humanities programmes:

Entry is for:

  • Candidates that hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Candidates that do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism with an overall Grade Point Average of 65%

See Application Form and related Guidance Notes.

Humber graduates going to NTU benefit from:

  • an automatic £2500 discount on fees
  • the ability to apply to other NTU scholarships*

To find out more about NTU please see our International Student Guide – and check out our Virtual Events page for live chats and Q&A sessions. 

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

* If a student is successfully awarded a scholarship, only the greater of the two fee reductions will be awarded (i.e. either the scholarship, or the £2,500 discount)

For further information, please contact Tee Dymond, Sr Global Partnerships Manager:

NTUGlobal@ntu.ac.uk / teresa.dymond02@ntu.ac.uk

MA Documentary Journalism

Humber College and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have entered into an agreement to facilitate the progression of Humber's Graduate Certificate in Journalism students to enter one of the following NTU School of Arts and Humanities programmes:

Entry is for:

  • Candidates that hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Candidates that do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism with an overall Grade Point Average of 65%

See Application Form and related Guidance Notes.

Humber graduates going to NTU benefit from:

  • an automatic £2500 discount on fees
  • the ability to apply to other NTU scholarships*

To find out more about NTU please see our International Student Guide – and check out our Virtual Events page for live chats and Q&A sessions. 

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

* If a student is successfully awarded a scholarship, only the greater of the two fee reductions will be awarded (i.e. either the scholarship, or the £2,500 discount)

For further information, please contact Tee Dymond, Sr Global Partnerships Manager:

NTUGlobal@ntu.ac.uk / teresa.dymond02@ntu.ac.uk

MA Magazine Journalism

Humber College and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have entered into an agreement to facilitate the progression of Humber's Graduate Certificate in Journalism students to enter one of the following NTU School of Arts and Humanities programmes:

Entry is for:

  • Candidates that hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Candidates that do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism with an overall Grade Point Average of 65%

See Application Form and related Guidance Notes.

Humber graduates going to NTU benefit from:

  • an automatic £2500 discount on fees
  • the ability to apply to other NTU scholarships*

To find out more about NTU please see our International Student Guide – and check out our Virtual Events page for live chats and Q&A sessions. 

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

* If a student is successfully awarded a scholarship, only the greater of the two fee reductions will be awarded (i.e. either the scholarship, or the £2,500 discount)

For further information, please contact Tee Dymond, Sr Global Partnerships Manager:

NTUGlobal@ntu.ac.uk / teresa.dymond02@ntu.ac.uk

MA News Journalism

Humber College and Nottingham Trent University (NTU) have entered into an agreement to facilitate the progression of Humber's Graduate Certificate in Journalism students to enter one of the following NTU School of Arts and Humanities programmes:

Entry is for:

  • Candidates that hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism
  • Candidates that do not hold a Bachelor’s Degree and successfully complete the Humber College Graduate Certificate in Journalism with an overall Grade Point Average of 65%

See Application Form and related Guidance Notes.

Humber graduates going to NTU benefit from:

  • an automatic £2500 discount on fees
  • the ability to apply to other NTU scholarships*

To find out more about NTU please see our International Student Guide – and check out our Virtual Events page for live chats and Q&A sessions. 

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

* If a student is successfully awarded a scholarship, only the greater of the two fee reductions will be awarded (i.e. either the scholarship, or the £2,500 discount)

For further information, please contact Tee Dymond, Sr Global Partnerships Manager:

NTUGlobal@ntu.ac.uk / teresa.dymond02@ntu.ac.uk

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Mike Wise, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5529
mike.wise@humber.ca

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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