Journalism (2015/16 Program)

Program Code: 
Program Length: 

Six semesters, beginning in September

Contact Information: 

Hedy Korbee
Program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5529

Admission Requirements

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


Mature student status


College or university transfer status

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

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Applicants will receive further instructions for the submission of secondary requirements following application. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Secondary Admission Requirements: 

The 2015/2016 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $3,960.82
– international $14,200.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2015/2016 academic year. Fees are subject to change. Refer to our detailed fee information.

Our Program

Humber’s Journalism advanced diploma program has trained two generations of reporters, broadcasters, editors, producers and managers in media. Our program is also ideal for those looking to go into communications or public relations.

As a journalism student, you’ll learn hands-on skills that are at the forefront of what’s happening in the industry, from creating broadcast stories and writing feature articles to capturing compelling images and curating online content packages. Our tight deadlines match industry standards. You will go on field trips to places such as Toronto City Hall, the downtown courts, Queen’s Park and Kensington Market, and learn from guest speakers, including industry experts, local politicians and media personalities.

We’re constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the new reality of journalism both on the ground and online. The Journalism advanced diploma program features:

– up-to-date 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, Humber News, Humber Et Cetera campus news, Radio Humber 96.9 FM, Humber TV and magazine productions
– valuable industry exposure and contacts through internships, which help you build your network and resumé
– experienced faculty working in industry bringing extensive and exclusive media connections.

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.

Our program is designed to give you the tools you need to seek opportunities in all aspects of the digital workplace. We’ll get you ready to work in a wide variety of communications-based enterprises, including traditional journalism and the vast and fast-developing world of digital journalism.

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.

There are hundreds of media companies across Canada and thousands of potential openings are forecast by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada over the next decade. As media organizations change to meet the needs of the public, there are more opportunities for people with modern communication skill sets 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.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber Journalism is proud of its extensive industry partners, which include CBC, CTV, Global TV, 680News, TSN, TVO, City TV, Toronto Star, National Post, Toronto Sun, The Globe and Mail, MSN, Yahoo, Sportsnet 590 THE FAN, CHTV, Rogers TV, CTV Barrie, Transcontinental Magazines, Metroland Newspapers, Business Information Group, the Ontario Community Newspaper Association, The Canadian Daily Newspaper Association, The Discovery Network, HGTV, The Weather Network, The Hamilton Spectator, MTV Canada, etalk and ET Canada.

Our Faculty

Our faculty members come from a variety of journalism backgrounds, with many working in the industry side by side with Humber Journalism graduates. Our faculty members take part in international conferences, speak at conventions and corporate functions, and judge industry competitions. This helps keep our program current and connected.

Work Placement

You’ll gain valuable first-hand experience through an assigned 30-day work placement, usually unpaid, in the final year of your studies. You’ll work with leading media companies in Toronto and across Canada. Internships are a great way for you to enhance your resumé, form lasting industry connections and, in some cases, be hired immediately upon graduating or even before school ends.

Since Humber is located in Toronto, home to dozens of traditional and new media companies, and has a strong reputation among journalists, you’ll have the opportunity to work with some of the most dynamic and diverse media organizations in Canada.

Alternative Course of Study

Humber also offers the Bachelor of Journalism degree program 22241.

Your Future Study Options

Journalism graduates with an overall grade point average (GPA) of 70 per cent or more will be considered for admission to Humber’s Bachelor of Journalism degree program. Graduates may then complete the degree program with the equivalent of four semesters of full-time study, plus a work term. Graduates must also possess ENG4U, Humber’s COMM 200/WRIT 100 or COMM 300/WRIT 200 with a grade of 70 per cent or more, plus a Grade 11 U-level Mathematics or equivalent.

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. Visit for detailed information.

List of Courses
Semester 1
Course Code Course Name
GNED 101 An Introduction to Arts and Sciences
JRNL 100 Fundamentals of Reporting
JRNL 106 The Art of the Interview
JRNL 114 Basic Photography
JRNL 130 Media Law and Ethics
WRIT 101 College Reading and Writing Skills: Journalism
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 3
Course Code Course Name
JRNL 316 Online Web Writing and Design
JRNL 317 Magazine Writing and Research
JRNL 318 TV News Reporting
JRNL 319 Radio News 1
JRNL 321 Page Design for Journalism
JRNL 324 Newspaper Reporting 2
WRIT 300 Literature and Composition 1: Journalism
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 4
Course Code Course Name
JRNL 259 Digital Production
JRNL 400 Magazine Editing and Production
JRNL 413 Multi-Platform Community Reporting
JRNL 414 TV News and Video Production
JRNL 416 Opinion Writing
JRNL 417 Radio News 2
WRIT 400 Literature and Composition 2: Journalism
Select 1 of the following courses
GNED General Elective
Semester 5
Course Code Course Name
JRNL 326 Multimedia Management
JRNL 327 Journalism Internship
JRNL 520 Advanced Radio News
Semester 6
Course Code Course Name
JRNL 350 Advanced Online Journalism
JRNL 521 Advanced TV News