Journalism - 297

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
Master the evolving field of journalism through experience in print, radio, TV and the ever expanding opportunities on the web

Mohawk's Journalism program has the highest overall student satisfaction rate of any 3 year Journalism program in Ontario.

Mohawk's Journalism program gives you the practical skills and knowledge to succeed as a journalist or communications professional in today's multimedia news environment.

Whether you want to be a print or television reporter, on-air host, or work behind the scenes, you'll receive the hands-on training and experience you need to enter the exciting world of journalism.

You will practice the craft of reporting with state-of-the-art digital equipment, under the guidance of industry professionals.

Program Highlights

  • Learn from professional journalists and broadcasters
  • Discover the principles and practices of professional journalism
  • Learn to communicate professionally
  • Explore entry-level reporting and newscasting
  • Develop your ability to research and evaluate data
  • Experience a working newsroom using the latest technology
  • Report on real-world stories in the local communityLearn how to use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to engage an audience
  • Learn how to use social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook to engage an audience

Ignite News

Ignite News (opens new window) is the brand of the Mohawk College Journalism Program. Students produce content on a variety of platforms, including, YouTube, the campus radio station (101.5 The Hawk), Cable 14, and our weekly print newsmagazine.

The Agency

The Agency provides student involvement on campaigns for predominantly not-for-profit organizations. Student teams from allied programs, working together under the guidance of Mohawk College faculty, collaborate in a multi-disciplinary framework.

To find out more, visit The Agency's website.

Students will:

Produce television newscasts:
Ignite News Canada Youtube Channel (opens new window)

Write, report and anchor for a radio newsmagazine on our campus station:
Ignite News Today Tumblr (opens new window)

Produce and edit content on a multimedia web site:
Ignite News Website (opens new window)

And publish a news magazine:
ISSUU Ignite News (opens new window)

Two-year fast-track option available to university graduates

Students with a university degree are eligible to enter directly into the second year of the program after taking a seven-week intensive journalism fundamentals course in the spring semester. Other candidates applying for entry into the fast-track option will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Program Coordinator

Minimum requirements for admission to the Journalism Advanced Diploma program

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Excellent reading and writing skills
  • Strong interest in news and current affairs
  • Basic computer literacy
  • Volunteer experience at a media outlet is an asset
  • Students will be recommended to purchase a Mac laptop through the College and pay a digital print fee. See Laptop Recommendations.
  • Students will require an external hard drive

Note: this is a Competitive Program

Apply before the application end date. Read more about Competitive Programs.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Additional or Technical Recommendations

Journalism Laptop Program

A laptop purchase is recommended, but not required for the Journalism program. Having access to a laptop with program related software allows students to work on audio video, and other projects at home, and in the field. This reflects a trend in the industry and dovetails with Mohawk’s emphasis on anytime/anywhere blended learning.

Mohawk College currently has a partnership agreement with Apple® Canada. If you decide to purchase a laptop we recommend that you wait until late spring/early summer so you can take advantage of educational discounts online at Mohawk's Custom Online Apple Store.

To Access Mohawk's Custom Online Store

Log into your MOCOmotion account. Click on the Resources tab and navigate down the left hand side to the Computer Store Channel. Once you arrive to our Mohawk College custom Apple® Online store, select the "Recommended Systems" link at the top right corner to view a list of the MacBook Pro laptops we recommend for this program.

Provided below are our recommended minimum laptop and software requirements, should you choose to purchase one

  • 13-inch
  • 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 or higher, Turbo Boost up to 3.1 GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB
  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
  • Backlit Keyboard (English) & User's Guide (English)
  • Accessory Kit

Approximate Cost: $1,500

You should also purchase an USB 3.0 external hard drive with at least 1 TB capacity. Here are a couple of examples:

  1. Costco Portable Hard Drive (opens in a new tab)
  2. Tiger Direct Portable Hard Drive (opens in a new tab)

Recommended Software

If you choose to buy a laptop, here are the recommended software applications:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: This suite includes Photoshop, InDesign, Audition and Premiere, for roughly $22 per month.
  • Final Cut Pro X: for Mac users

Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

Career Opportunities

The Journalism Advanced Diploma program trains students for a wide variety of journalism and media careers. Journalism careers may involve the following:

Industries of Employment

  • CDigital Media
  • Newspapers, magazines and trade publications
  • Television and radio stations: Report on-air or work behind the scenes as an editor, writer or producer
  • Multimedia production
  • Social Media
  • Public Relations

Graduate Opportunities

  • Graduates are eligible for membership into the Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators
  • For degree transfer/completion opportunities, visit Pathways and Credit Transfer

Graduate Pathways

Mohawk College's journalism graduates can qualify for:

  • A one-year honours degree in Journalism from Glamorgan University in Cardiff, Wales.
  • A two-year degree in either Journalism or Communications at Griffith University in Australia.
  • Advanced credit transfer at Brock University toward several honours degrees, including Popular Culture, Business Communication, or Media and Communication Studies.
  • Public Relations Graduate Certificate

Course Overview & Descriptions

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Fennell Campus
Sep 2016
Jan 2017

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