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Program Details

Our Journalism program will prepare you for the exciting challenges that await you as a journalist, storyteller or communication professional skilled in all of the media formats, from digital to audio and video. At Carleton, we believe that the best preparation for someone seeking a career in the media is a solid, broad-based education. That’s why you will study Canadian history in addition to required journalism courses. You will also pursue other subjects, with the option of acquiring a Combined Honours degree in a wide range of disciplines such as history, legal studies, sociology, political science, communication and media studies or English literature.

In your first year, you will take a set of two introductory courses that give you a clear understanding of journalism’s role in modern Canadian society, how the media industry developed through the years and how it is shifting rapidly today. You’ll also be introduced to basic journalistic principles and professional practices.

In your second year, you’ll do more hands-on work in a basic digital course, where you’ll learn how to use tools such as social media and photography. Small class sizes allow for intensive instruction in your year-long reporting workshop, which will teach you how to gather, organize, write and report information—the fundamental elements of any form of journalism. Your other second-year journalism course will focus on the laws connected to your work in the media, from freedom of speech to rules governing such things as privacy and libel.

Third- and fourth-year study includes a range of advanced professional workshops in audio and video journalism, newspaper and online journalism, and the latest digital journalism skills. Specialized reporting courses offer you a selection of subject areas, such as business, science, health, politics and international affairs. You’ll be involved in classes producing student-led professional publications: a community newspaper and website, digital projects or radio or television current affairs programs. A rotating menu of journalism electives is offered each year, from conflict reporting to sports journalism.

Our professional apprenticeships during the academic year allow you to put your skills to practical use in news organizations, public relations and communications firms or non-governmental organizations across Canada.

What students are saying about Journalism

The resources at Carleton’s School of Journalism are incredible. From the rows of soundproof video editing suites, to the faculty that teaches powerful techniques to write poignantly, this school provides every tool and technique necessary to become a world-class journalist. Professors impart the science and art of good writing, the theory and practice of journalism, and the rush of piecing together a perfect story under a strict deadline. The future of media will be redefined by the upcoming generation of journalists; Carleton graduates will most certainly be at the forefront of this new era of news.
Brett Ruskin, Journalism student