2014/15 Program

Journalism - Print and Broadcast

Our Program

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

At Humber, you learn journalism hands-on. We are at the forefront of what’s happening in journalism, constantly updating our curriculum to reflect the new reality on the ground and online. You’ll learn the latest skills in story creation and story curation, creating broadcast items, writing feature newspaper and magazine stories, and capturing compelling images. Tight deadlines match industry standards. You will go on field trips to places such as Toronto City Hall, downtown courts, Queen’s Park and Kensington Market. Guest speakers visit, including industry experts, local politicians and media personalities.

The Journalism – Print and Broadcast advanced diploma program has features to prepare you for work with magazines, newspapers, radio, television or online:

  • 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 the online news site, Humber News, the Humber Et Cetera student newspaper, 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.

Our student newspaper Humber Et Cetera was judged the 2012 Outstanding Campus Newspaper by the Canadian Community Newspaper Association. Our students and graduates have also won industry-respected awards such as Columbia School of Journalism awards and APPLE awards from College Media Advisors. Humber students won more than 60 awards in the last two years.

“The program exceeded all of my expectations. From the hands-on experience I’ve gained, I have no doubt that I have graduated with every tool I need to be a successful journalist.”

Samantha, graduate (June 2013)

“I enjoyed this program because of all the hands-on experience I have gained. To say that this program has prepared me for a career in this industry is an understatement. Humber has such a great reputation that it makes it easy to make professional contacts in the industry.”

Marco, graduate (June 2013)

Your Career

Everywhere you look, people are communicating – tweeting, posting, sharing, writing, shooting video, creating audio projects and more. Everyone can tell stories and express themselves.

But how can you tell what’s right, what has merit and what is important? The need for News+Expertise – the hallmark of Humber Journalism – has never been greater.

The Humber Journalism 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 our graduates are just as likely to see their career develop in digital communications, either working for an enterprise or developing their 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 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.

For further information, refer to mediastudies.humber.ca/journalism.

Work Placement

Humber Journalism students work with leading media companies in Toronto and across Canada. Students gain valuable first-hand experience through an assigned 30-day work placement, usually unpaid, in the final year of their studies. This is an exciting opportunity for students to apply everything they’ve learned in school in a work place. Internships are a great way for students to enhance their resumés, 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, students have the opportunity to work with some of the most dynamic and diverse media organizations in Canada.

Our Industry Partnerships

Humber Journalism is proud of its extensive industry partners, which include CBC, CTV, Global TV, 680News, TSN, TVO, Citytv, 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.

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 11U-level Mathematics or equivalent.

Qualified graduates of this program may be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study at many postsecondary institutions. For detailed information, visit humber.ca/transferguide.

Admission Requirements

• Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status

• Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U). If English is not your first language, refer to the English Language Proficiency Policy

• Three Grade 11 or Grade 12C, U or M courses in addition to those listed above

  • Attendance at an information/assessment session, which includes:
    • completion of an essay (topic assigned at session), which will be assessed for English proficiency and content
    • general knowledge questionnaire
    • grammar assessment

Note: For more information, refer to Selection Procedures.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. 


The 2013/2014 fee for two semesters was

  • domestic $3,770.08
  • international $12,950.

Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2013/2014 academic year. Fees are subject to change. For more information, refer to Fees and Financial Assistance.

Alternative Course of Study

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name
COMM 201 College Reading and Writing Skills: Journalism
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
HUMA 024 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

Semester 2

Course Code Course Name
COMM 301 Professional Writing Skills: Journalism
JRNL 115 Broadcast Writing
JRNL 205 Newspaper Reporting 1
JRNL 214 Photojournalism
JRNL 219 Introduction to Online Journalism
JRNL 220 Beat Reporting
JRNL 222 Computer-Assisted Reporting

Semester 3

Course Code Course Name
COMM 400 Literature and Composition 1: Journalism
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
JRNL 315 Page Design for Journalism
JRNL 316 Online Web Writing and Design
JRNL 317 Magazine Writing and Research
JRNL 318 News Reporting
JRNL 319 Radio News 1
JRNL 325 Newspaper Reporting 2

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name
COMM 401 Literature and Composition 2: Journalism
GNEDG000 General Education Electives
JRNL 400 Magazine Editing and Production
JRNL 413 Multi-platform Community Reporting
JRNL 414 TV News and Video Production
JRNL 415 Digital Production
JRNL 416 Opinion Writing
JRNL 417 Radio News 2

Semester 5

Course Code Course Name
JRNL 520 Advanced Radio News
JRNL 523 Multimedia Management
JRNL 541 Journalism Internship

Semester 6

Course Code Course Name
JRNL 521 Advanced Tv News
JRNL 641 Advanced Online Journalism