Journalism - 297

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Master the skills of effective, fact-based communication through experience in print, radio, television, and the ever-expanding opportunities on the web.

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Program Highlights

  • Canada's first journalism program to incorporate accessible media production as part of the core curriculum.
  • Cutting-edge multimedia tools and skills that will uniquely position you in the content creation job market after graduation.

What you'll learn

  • Principles and practices of professional journalism.
  • Professional storytelling and communication skills.
  • Research and data evaluation techniques.
  • Effective use of social media tools such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to engage audiences.
  • Content production for real organizations.

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, an 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.

Journalism is ...
Produced by Mohawk College Journalism students


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Program Length

3 academic years (period of 8 months) includes a 7 week field placement

University graduates fast track option

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


 

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Admission

Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • 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 pay a digital print fee
  • Students will require an external hard drive
  • Students will be required to purchase a laptop and pay a digital print fee (please see Laptop Requirements under Additional Information)

Options are available for mature applicants.

Language Requirements for Applicants with English as a Second Language

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

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Tuition and Fees

2023 - 2024 Domestic Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2

Compulsory Ancillary Fees

$864.60$758.46
Co-op FeesN/AN/A

Compulsory Program Fees

$0.00$0.00
Domestic Tuition$1,354.04$1,354.04
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester$2,218.64$2,112.50
Total 1st Year Fees$4,331.14

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.


2023 - 2024 International Tuition and Fees

DescriptionSemester 1Semester 2

Total Tuition & Ancillary Fees

$8,355.00$8,355.00
Co-op FeesN/AN/A

Program Compulsory Fees

$0.00$0.00
International Tax Recovery$450.00$375.00
Total International Charges Per Semester$8,805.00$8,730.00
Total 1st Year Fees$17,535.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Scholarships and Bursaries Application every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

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Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

Field Placement


The Agency

the agency

The Agency is an experiential learning facility operating within the McKeil School of Business at Mohawk College. Students from a variety of programs including Advertising, Public Relations, Marketing, Graphics, Journalism and Broadcast Media collaborate in developing real-world marketing and communications solutions for selected non-profit organizations and start-up companies in the greater Hamilton area.

All projects with our clients/partners are integrated into the curriculum and students are marked on what they do. They work under close faculty supervision as they develop effective marketing communications solutions relevant to meeting clear client objectives.

Learn more about The Agency

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 Colleges and Universities (MCU) 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.

Career Opportunities

Your future career options

  • Reporter
  • Writer
  • Editor
  • Content Creator/Developer
  • Multimedia Journalist
  • Public Relations/Corporate Communications
  • Social Media Manager
  • Copywriter
  • Researcher
  • Producer/Director

Where you could work includes:

  • Digital Media Outlets
  • Newspapers, Magazines and Trade Publications
  • Television and Radio Stations: Report on the air or work behind the scenes as an Editor, Writer or Producer
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Corporate settings both large and small
  • As an independent content creator

Communications Media Practices Graduate Certificate

Mohawk’s Communications Media Practices Graduate Certificate offers hands-on experience creating content for different platforms, including multimedia, video, online, audio and print. This program will appeal to students who are interested in learning the fundamentals of media production to complement their degree or diploma. Read more about Communications Media Practices - 266

Educational Pathways

 

Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.
 

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.

Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See ontransfer.ca for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Tech requirements

The Journalism program has a mandatory laptop requirement. All students are required to have a laptop that is capable of effectively running the software packages that we use for instruction. This provides our students with 24/7 access to industry-relevant production tools and learning resources.

The requirement of an approved media capable laptop is foundational to our learning structure and is necessary upon program entry. We have updated our policy to include laptops capable of meeting our required software specifications.

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:

  • Login to your MyMohawk account with your MohawkID and password.
  • Click on the Technology Solutions tab.
  • Navigate to the Computer Store and click “Online Dell Store.”
  • Once you arrive at the Mohawk College Discount Store webpage, select “Shop Your Standard Configuration” to see the list of laptops we recommend for this program. 

Minimum (Better) and Recommended (Best) Workstation Laptop configurations:

  • Windows Workstation
    • OS: Windows 10 or 11 (64-bit)
    • CPU: Intel 12th Gen i7 or better
    • GPU: Nvidia RTX 3050 or better
    • RAM: 16GB or greater (32GB recommended)
    • Internal storage: 500GB or greater SSD
    • Recommended machine: Dell Inspiron 16 Plus (7630) or Dell XPS (9530)

Note: Basic PC laptops and Chromebook devices will not be able to run the required professional media-industry software that our students will use regularly during each semester of the Journalism program. Apple laptops are not recommended, but will work if it can run the required software.

Software Requirements

  • Adobe Creative Cloud: A monthly subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud can be purchased from the Adobe Creative Cloud website.
  • Microsoft Office: Available with your Microsoft 365 account.

Hardware

  • Personal External Storage:
    • Minimum capacity: 1TB
    • Technology: solid-state drive (SSD)
    • Read/Write Speeds: approximately 500MB/second or greater (USB 3.1 or better)
    • Connector: USB-A or USB-C connector as required to interface with your laptop
  • SD Card:
    • Minimum capacity: 32GB

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Domestic Canadian Students

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Contact Admissions
Phone: 1-844-767-6871

International Students

Contact International Student Recruitment
Contact our International Student Recruitment team for information on programs, how to apply, and student life.
Contact International
Email: intl.representatives@mohawkcollege.ca
Phone: 1-905-575-2254
Toll free phone numbers:
For general questions: 1-888-Mohawk9 (1-888-664-2959)
North China: 10-800-714-2521
South China: 10-800-140-2541
Brazil: 0800-022-7408
Philippines: 180011102544

Contact International Admissions
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Phone: 1-905-575-2254

*Not all programs are international eligible. Please see our programs available for international students.

Accessible Learning Services

Are you a student with a confirmed or suspected disability? Visit our Accessible Learning Services website to discover how we can help you.

Do you have a project for our students?

If you or your organization has a marketing communications project that might be suitable for our students, please apply below. We will respond to you as soon as we can. Please note that we do not accept applications made directly to faculty or program coordinators. If you have any questions please contact theagency@mohawkcollege.ca

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