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Program Code:JRN
Duration:4 Semesters (2 Years)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Diploma

Program Description

The Journalism program will provide you with training in television, radio, digital journalism and documentary skills. You’ll gain a higher degree of competency and knowledge and be prepared to obtain entry level positions in television, radio, digital journalism and information programming.

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

Field Placement

As a student in Journalism, 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.

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.

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).

Additional Requirements:

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will be invited to attend an orientation where they will complete the Pre-Admissions English test and submit an applicant profile.
  • Applicants will be ranked based on the strength of their Pre-Admissions English test and applicant profile.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.

If you are applying to this program for Fall 2015:

  • Applicants who have completed English Grade 12 C or U with an acceptable grade will be exempt from the $55 pre-admissions test.
  • Applicants who are enrolled in a Grade 12 C or U course and who achieved an acceptable grade 11 mark are also exempt.
  • Mature applicants who have not submitted transcripts will be advised of where and how to book the pre-admission test.

All applicants will still be required to attend a program orientation and complete a program-related assignment. Orientation dates and locations will be mailed.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • Basic computer skills (PC and Macintosh) including office software.


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Your Career

Your career in television, radio and digital journalism starts now. Earn a diploma in Journalism and you’ll find exciting career opportunities in news, sports, public affairs, entertainment and weather as a reporter, videographer, sportscaster, researcher, digital journalist, documentary maker, video/ audio recorder or editor. Our graduates also find employment in corporate and public settings such as media and public relations.


  • Broadcast Educators Association of Canada (BEAC)
  • Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
  • Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)

Transfer Pathways

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


University/CollegeDegrees Available
York University• Any relevant degree or major


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Laurentian University• Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus• Honours Bachelor of Arts


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Athabasca University• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies
Royal Roads University• Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Griffith University• Bachelor of Journalism
Monash University• Bachelor of Arts with Journalism or Communications Major (Caulfield or Clayton Campus), or Bachelor of Journalism (Caulfield Campus)

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Currently under review.

2014/2015 Academic Year
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

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
College English
Fundamentals of Journalism
Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism
Television News I
Radio News I
Introduction to News Writing
Digital Journalism I
News Announcing I
Semester 2
Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism
Digital Journalism II
Digital Audio
Radio News II
Introduction to TV Current Affairs
Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits
News Announcing II
General Education Option
Semester 3
Writing for Visual Media
Television News III
Radio News III
Digital Journalism III
The Radio Documentary
News Announcing III
General Education Option
Semester 4
Television News IV
Radio News IV
News Announcing IV
The Television Documentary
Digital Journalism IV
General Education Option

General Education:

One of the general education courses must be a literature course (from any category) for which College English is a prerequisite.

Contact Us

For more information, please visit:
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Thomas Hein
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 Chair: Michelle Grimes
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33440
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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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