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  • Objectives
    The Journalism-Print program allows students to develop skills that stretch across all news media. The first year of the Journalism-Print program emphasizes the fundamentals of reporting, research and interviewing, journalism law and ethics and the basics of news writing as the primary focus. Students will also take a course in News Photography, teaching the skills necessary to capture the picture that will help illustrate your story.
  • Practical experience
    In second year, the Journalism program makes the transition from writing stories as in-class assignments to writing stories as reporters for the college newspaper, SPOKE. In addition to experiencing first-hand the challenges and deadlines associated with the production of a weekly publication, students receive specialized training in opinion writing and feature and magazine writing.
  • Academic Title
    Journalism - Print Ontario College Diploma
  • Course description
    Level One
    COMM1030     Interpersonal And Group Dynamics

    Description: In this introductory level course, students learn to apply knowledge from interpersonal relations and group dynamics to working in a team. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing effective communication skills with individuals and groups. Group cohesiveness and group decision-making will be discussed.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    COMP1040     Desktop Publishing
    Description: In this course students are introduced to a desktop publishing program as it applies to the design and pagination of publications. Students expand their knowledge of the terminology, practices and techniques of newspaper and magazine layout.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    JRN1120     Broadcast Technology
    Description: Students are introduced to the tools and technologies used by radio and TV reporters including audio recording devices, video cameras, and digital editing suites for audio and video. Students are asked to demonstrate their technical skills through the production of basic radio and television news reports.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    JRN1130     Research and Interviewing
    Description: The first half of this course introduces students to the concepts of generating sources for stories, developing research strategies and conducting research using live, primary and secondary document sources, electronic databases and the Internet.

    In the second half of the course students apply their research skills to the planning and execution of successful interviews. Proper interviewing techniques for print, radio and television news stories are examined.
    Hours: 60
    Credits: 4

    JRN1200     Newswriting I
    Description: This is an introductory course in news writing. It covers the practical application of the fundamentals of news writing and introduces the student to a range of simple news stories.
    Hours: 120
    Credits: 8

    JRN1240     Journalism Law and Ethics
    Description: This is an introductory course about law and ethics as they pertain to journalism. It covers the principles and practices of journalism, as well as the legal restrictions that apply to the profession.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Two
    JRN1070     Newswriting II

    Description: Students are introduced to multi-source and more complex hard news stories.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: JRN1020 or JRN1200

    JRN1080     Broadcast Newswriting
    Description: In one half of the course students develop practical skills in the basics of radio newswriting. Students are introduced to Broadcast News (BN) writing style and conventions. Students learn to write all types of radio news stories including wraps, actualities, and straight reads.

    In the other half of the course students continue to hone their use of Broadcast News (BN) writing style and conventions as they learn to write all types of TV news stories including voice-overs, voice-over to clips, and packages. Students learn to write to visuals.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: JRN1020 or JRN1200

    JRN1090     Digital Prepress

    Description: A continuation of Desktop Publishing, this is a practical course in computerized design and pagination of publications. It incorporates desktop skills and techniques that will be applied in other courses in the program design.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3
    Pre-Requisites: COMP1040
    CoRequisites:
    JRN1100     Court and Council Reporting
    Description: This course teaches students about the structure and workings of municipal government bodies and the legal system in Canada. Students are required to attend sessions of court and municipal meetings and write news reports on the proceedings.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    JRN1110     Broadcast Performance
    Description: Students begin the course learning techniques to improve their on-air speaking style. Following instruction on vocal delivery, students receive training in on-camera delivery. Specifically, students are required to perform pre-recorded "stand-ups," live reports, and live interviews.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    PHOT1100     News Photography

    Description: This course is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to operate a digital camera and flash. Students will be provided with basic photojournalism skills, as well as photographic imaging.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Three
    JRN2060     Feature Writing

    Description: In this course students are introduced to writing to length in the form of newspaper features. Students will learn to develop story ideas and write a variety of feature-length articles.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    JRN2100     Careers In Journalism
    Description: This series of workshops prepares the student for a career in journalism by introducing the professional attitudes and behaviour that are appropriate in a newsroom setting. Students will learn interpersonal, communication, conflict resolution and problem solving skills as well as stress management techniques. They will create a professional portfolio to complement their cover letters and resumes. They will prepare to present themselves effectively during job interviews. They will also shadow professional journalists on the job.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    JRN2160     Newspaper Reporting and Production I
    Description: Students will be expected to function as editors to whom other students report. Students are responsible for the publication of the College newspaper Spoke and the online version of Spoke under the supervision of faculty. The practical lab portion of the course will stress photo and page layout skills employing computer skills and Web page production.
    Hours: 135
    Credits: 9

    JRN2190     Opinion Writing
    Description: This is an introductory course to opinion writing including editorials, columns and reviews.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2
    Pre-Requisites: JRN1070

    LIBS1180     Issues In World Affairs
    Description: This course is a study of the structures and framework around emerging forces in international relations. It is designed to increase the student's understanding of the political, economic, and social issues which constitute the 'new world order'.
    Hours: 45
    Credits: 3

    Level Four
    JRN2130     Business and Economics in the News

    Description: This course exposes students to key business and economic terms and concepts. Students are shown how to apply these terms and concepts to the writing of business and economic news stories.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    JRN2170     Newspaper Reporting and Production II

    Description: This is a continuation of Newspaper Reporting and Production I. Students will be expected to function as editors to whom other students report. Students are responsible for the publication of Spoke under the supervision of faculty. The practical lab portion of the course will stress photo and page layout skills employing computer skills and Web page production.
    Hours: 135
    Credits: 9
    Pre-Requisites: JRN2160

    JRN2180     Magazine Writing
    Description: Students will be introduced to magazine writing and be provided the opportunity to develop the skills required to write articles for a variety of publications. Students will also be introduced to the magazine publishing industry and develop their skills in researching, writing and selling magazine articles.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

    JRN2210     Work Placement
    Description: This course provides an opportunity for students to apply their journalism knowledge and skills in an off-campus work situation.
    With the help and direction of faculty, students must arrange their own work situation experience. The work-term venue must be approved by the faculty member in charge of work terms prior to the student beginning the placement. The student is also responsible for obtaining from the faculty member evaluation forms which must be completed by the student's work placement supervisor.

    The norm for the placement is at least 80 hours to be completed in the student's final year. Students can arrange placements to take place after school, on weekends, during the Christmas break and during the February reading week. A one-week placement will normally result in 40 hours being completed; therefore, a second week or a second placement will need to be arranged. All work placement hours must be completed by the end of the final semester of the program.
    Hours: 80
    Credits: 3

    PRLN2040     Public Relations

    Description: This course introduces the role of public relations practitioners and information officers. The student will develop an elementary proficiency in the mechanics of public relations practice as distinguished from direct news gathering and reporting.
    Hours: 30
    Credits: 2

          Electives: General Education
    Description: Student must pass 1 Course(s)
          

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