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Program Code:JRN
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Start Dates:Summer, Fall,
Start dates are subject to change
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The JRN program will provide you with pre– professional training in radio, television and new media journalism, and documentary skills. You’ll gain a high degree of competency and knowledge, and be prepared to obtain entry– level positions in a broad spectrum of radio and television information programming.

You are best suited for this program if you have a great desire for storytelling and disseminating information about news, public affairs, entertainment and sports. Over the course of the program, you’ll learn important research, critical thinking, media analysis, writing and on– camera & on–microphone performance skills.

Program Learning Outcomes:

This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate 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.

Essential Employability Skills:

Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Applicant Selection:

  • As this is an oversubscribed program applicants will be required to attend an orientation session and complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test. Please click here for a practice test. Applicants will also be required to complete program–related assignments. A pamphlet with your testing information is available here.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
    • Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U);
    • Basic computer skills including Windows or Macintosh operating system, word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), and spreadsheet software (Excel).

The Importance of Learning Skills:

Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.


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Your Career

Your career in journalism for radio, television and new media starts now. Earn a diploma in Journalism and you’ll find exciting career opportunities in news, public affairs, weather, entertainment and sports anchoring, reporting, researching, broadcast and web writing, documentary production, video/audio recording and editing. Our graduates also find employment in corporate and public settings such as media and public relations.

Joint Program with York University

Program Code: JRNY

Seneca College and York University offer a joint program which enables students to earn a Seneca diploma in Journalism and a York University Bachelor of Arts Degree. This program is for students who have completed two years of a B.A. program, or three years of an honours B.A. program at York University. Information on the joint program may be obtained from the Advising Centre, Faculty of Arts, York University, or from the Admissions Office, Seneca College.

Affiliations and Associations

  • Broadcast Education Association, Canada (BEAC)
  • BURLI Software
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
  • Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)

Field Placement

As a student in JRN, you’ll benefit from one hundred hours of field placement in a professional broadcast setting. This component is critical to your career success and a requirement for graduation.

General Education

One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.

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Diploma to Degree... and Beyond

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):

Important Academic Dates

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Currently under review.

Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
EAC150 College English 3
JRN100 Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism 3
JRN101 Fundamentals of Journalism 2
JRN141 Introduction to News Writing 3
JRN170 Digital Journalism I 2
RTV113 Television News I 3
RTV114 Radio News I 2
RTV336 News Announcing I 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN172 Digital Journalism II 2
JRN200 Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism 3
JRN270 Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits 2
RTV212 Digital Audio 2
RTV214 Radio News II 3
RTV233 Introduction to TV Current Affairs 4
RTV436 News Announcing II 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 3 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN142 Writing for Visual Media 3
JRN370 Digital Journalism II 2
RTV333 Television News III 4
RTV334 Radio News III 3
RTV371 The Radio Documentary 2
RTV456 News Announcing III 2
XXXXXX General Education Option 3
Semester 4 Course Name Hrs/Wk
JRN475 Digital Journalism IV 4
RTV343 Television News IV 4
RTV344 Radio News IV 3
RTV466 News Announcing IV 2
RTV470 The Television Documentary 3
XXXXXX General Education Option 3

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Margita Petersons
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22804
International Admissions Advisor: Julie Leong
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Tina Tuzi
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Barbara Caines
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33299
Program Acting Chair: Michael Maynard
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33335
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Graduate Success

Each week, almost four million television viewers across the GTA welcome Seneca grad Melissa Grelo into their homes.


"As a graduate of Seneca's Broadcast Journalism program, I entered the workforce with great confidence, knowing that I was "current" and "ready" to join the field I was pursuing. Learning from successful industry professionals motivated me to take risks and to work hard in order to obtain a solid career in the media."

Caroline Chopra
Business Analyst, (TV Unit, Telefilm Canada)

"My time at Seneca gave me the tools and experience to not only break into the television world but to succeed in it and build a career. The faculty, equipment and focus of the program are second to none in preparing students for the working world."

David Thomas
Writer/Editor, TSN

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