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Algonquin College
2 years
Diploma / certificate
Algonquin College

Program description


The two-year Journalism Ontario College Diploma program prepares you to report on all news delivery platforms, and helps you develop the online skills that have become vital in the industry.

Gain hands-on experience and expand your portfolio almost immediately upon starting the program, working for the award-winning Algonquin Times - named Canada`s top campus newspaper in 2017, 2018 and 2019 - as well as contributing to local music, sports and news titles.

Learn the core journalism skills to succeed in the industry. Study how to write factually, conduct interviews and filter information. Examine aspects of photo journalism, video production, audio storytelling, page layout, social media and reporting/editing.

Your learning is expanded with workshops, guest speakers and field trips, offering exposure to a diversity of information and skills necessary for the modern journalist.

To ensure you are comfortable with all journalistic platforms, you create photo and video journalism and produce newscasts for CKDJ 107.9 FM, Algonquin College`s radio station.

Expand your real-world experience with a six-week internship at a media outlet, and learn to operate as a freelance journalist. You have the choice to work at a local company or agency, or complete the placement out of the region or country.

Admission requirements

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have solid writing skills.
  • Possess a keen curiosity about news happening locally, nationally and globally.
  • Are willing to interact with people.
  • Enjoy reading and studying news.
  • Engage in social media.
  • Are keen to serve the community through fair and accurate storytelling.

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent) with a grade of 70% or higher.
  • Applicants with international transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above and may be required to provide proof of language proficiency. Domestic applicants with international transcripts must be evaluated through the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS) or World Education Services (WES).
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service (Academic) Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band; OR TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each component: Reading 22; Listening 22; Speaking 22; Writing 22.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Level: 01

  • Communications I
  • Multiplatform Storytelling
  • Introduction to Photojournalism
  • Media Literacy
  • Audio Storytelling I
  • Journalism I
  • Local Government

Level: 02

  • Interpersonal Skills for Personal and Career Success
  • Photojournalism
  • News Design
  • Narrative Writing
  • Journalism II
  • Audio Storytelling II
  • Editing 1

Level: 03

  • Design Thinking
  • Story Lab I
  • Data Journalism
  • Editing II
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Broadcast Journalism I
  • Journalism III

Level: 04

  • Field Work
  • Journalism IV
  • Field Work Preparation
  • Journalism for Communications
  • Broadcast Journalism II
  • Business Journalism
  • Story Lab II

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the college website. 


Credential: Ontario College Diploma

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Report on stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional and timely manner.
  • Apply computer and technical skills to designated production and research functions in journalism.
  • Function both independently and as a member of editorial and/or production teams.
  • Analyze knowledge from communities, current events and public affairs and history, to interpret and express the context for designated journalism publications and/or productions.
  • Develop strategies for personal and professional development.
  • Comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards and the principles and practices of journalism.
  • Write and edit content for the designated media platforms.
  • Publish and/or broadcast content for the designated media platforms.
  • Apply production skills and use production equipment in the preparation and distribution of content for the designated media platforms.
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility, economic commitment and environmental stewardship.

Career opportunities

Graduates may find employment with news organizations, such as community and daily-news outlets, radio stations and specialty news and lifestyle brands. Employers with government, private sector and not-for-profit communications departments, magazine brands and social media departments may also hire graduates.

Opportunities may also exist for graduates wishing to freelance. Positions in podcasting, web design, photography and video production may also be career options.

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Algonquin College

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Algonquin College

1385 Woodroffe Avenue
K2G 1V8 Ottawa Ontario

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