Journalism

Faculty List


  • M. Mahtani, B.A. (Dalhousie), Ph.D. (London), Associate Professor
  • J. Dvorkin, B.A. Hon. (Alberta), M.A.(Toronto), M. Phil. (London), Lecturer

Journalism Programs


SPECIALIST (JOINT) PROGRAM IN JOURNALISM (ARTS)

Program Director:  J. Dvorkin (416-287-7163) Email: journalism@utsc.utoronto.ca

This program may be taken in fulfillment of the requirements of a four-year (20.0 credit) Honours B.A. Degree and requires four to five years to complete. In addition to completing the requirements for the degree, students who intend to qualify for the Advanced College Diploma from Centennial College must complete a short non-credit course on journalism career management at Centennial.
Courses are taught at both U of T Scarborough and at Centennial College (The Centre for Creative Communications in East York). Centennial courses are taken during three consecutive college semesters starting in the third year of the program. Students must be registered on a full-time basis while at Centennial College. The course work may include evenings and weekends.

Students must maintain a Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of 2.0 or higher to remain in the program.

Guidelines for 1st year course selection
Students intending to complete the program should include the following in their first year course selection:
MDSA02H3 and JOUA01H3 & JOUA02H3 and ACMA01H3 & other courses of interest.

Guidelines for computer and software selection
Students accepted in the Joint Program in Journalism are advised to purchase an industry standard laptop and obtain designated software and hardware.

Computer: 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro or laptop wiht Windows 7 or higher operating system which is capable of running the current version of Adobe software.

Software: Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint), 2010 or more recent version, and Adobe Photoshop (most recent version).

For questions regarding camera equipment, please contact the Centennial College Program Coordinator.

The Journalism Study Guide is available at:  www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~humdiv/prg_jo.html

Note:  Many of the new media courses codes have changed from MDS to JOU.  See course descriptions.

Program Admission
Limited enrolment. Applicants must fill out a joint program application form, which is available online at www.utsc.utoronto.ca/jtprogs

Program Requirements
This program requires the completion of at least 13.5 credits, as indicated below:

1.  2.0 credits as follows:
MDSA02H3 History of Media and Technology
JOUA01H3 Introduction to Journalism I
JOUA02H3 Introduction to Journalism II
ACMA01H3 Exploring Key Questions in Humanities

2.  2.5 credits as follows:
JOUB24H3 Journalism in the Age of New Media
JOUB01H3 Covering Immigration and Transnational Issues
JOUB02H3 Critical Journalism
JOUB39H3 Fundamentals of Journalistic Writing
ACMA02H3 Inquiry and Reasoning in the Humanities

3.  1.5 credits at the C- or D-level, of which at least 0.5 credit must be at the D-level. Selection of these courses may be made only after prior consultation with the Program Director.

4. Courses that satisfy the requirements of one Minor Program. Note: Courses used to meet this requirement may also be applied to Requirements 1) through 3).

5.  2.0 credits as follows (Journalism Group I):
[Note: students will be eligible to enrol in these courses after successfully completing at least 10.0 credits at the University of Toronto Scarborough (or obtaining permission of the Program Director), including MDSA02H3, JOUA01H3, JOUA02H3, JOUB24H3, JOUB01H3, JOUB02H3, JOUB39H3, ACMA01H3, ACMA02H3.]
*JOUA06H3 Journalism Law and Ethics
*JOUB11H3 News Reporting
*JOUB14H3 Journalism Design
*JOUB18H3 Imaging: Photography for Journalists

6. 2.5 credits as follows (Journalism Group II):
[Note: students will be eligible to enrol in these courses after successfully completing the courses from Journalism Group I above.]
*JOUB03H3 Magazine/Freelance Journalism
*JOUB05H3 Advanced Interviewing Techniques
*JOUB10H3 News Laboratory I
*JOUB17H3 Radio News
*JOUB20H3 Multiplatform Journalism

7. 2.0 credits as follows (Journalism Group III )
[Note: students will be eligible to enrol in these courses after successfully completing the courses from Journalism Group II above.]
*JOUC13H3 Beat Reporting
*JOUC16Y3 News Laboratory II
*JOUC17H3 Television News

8. *JOUC25H3 Field Placement
[Note: students will be eligible to enrol in this course after successfully completing Journalism Group III above.

9.  JOUD10H3 Senior Seminar in Journalism

* A minimum grade of C- is required in these particular courses to pass and maintain standing in the program.

Completion of a three-week Career Management course is required to qualify for the Advanced College Diploma from Centennial College.

Journalism Courses


JOUA01H3    Introduction to Journalism I

An introduction to the social, historical, philosophical, and practical contexts of the media.  The course will examine various types of media and the role of the journalist.  Students will be introduced to story forms and journalistic skills.  Media coverage of current issues will be discussed.
Exclusion: (MDSA21H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUA02H3    Introduction to Journalism II

A continuation of JOUA01H3.
Prerequisite: (MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3
Exclusion: (MDSA22H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUA06H3    Journalism Law and Ethics

An examination of the key legal and ethical issues facing Canadian journalists, with an emphasis on the practical: what a journalist needs to know to avoid legal problems and develop strategies for handling ethical challenges. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 10 credits including [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3], [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3], [(MDSB26H3) or JOUB01H3], [(MDSB27H3) or JOUB02H3], (HUMB11H3).
Corequisite: JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Exclusion: (MDSB04H3)
Breadth Requirement: History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies


JOUB01H3    Covering Immigration and Transnational Issues

An examination of Canadian coverage of immigration and transnational issues.  With the shift in Canada's demographics, media outlets are struggling to adapt to new realities.  We will explore how media frame the public policy debate on immigration, multiculturalism, diaspora communities, and transnational issues which link Canada to the developing world.  This course is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: (HUMA01H3) & (MDSA21H) or JOUA01H3 & (MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3
Exclusion: (MDSB26H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB02H3    Critical Journalism

The course examines the representation of race, gender, class and power in the media, traditional journalistic practices and newsroom culture. It will prepare students who wish to work in a media-related industry with a critical perspective towards understanding the marginalization of particular groups in the media.  The course is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 4.0 credits including (HUMA01H3) & [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3] & [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3].
Exclusion: (MDSB27H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB03H3    Magazine/Freelance Journalism

An introduction to developing and selling quality magazine stories for multiplatform publication. Students learn techniques for both successful freelancing and magazine staff work. Students learn the importance of finding market niches, winning assignments, and carrying them out professionally. Assignments include producing source materials, a query letter and a feature-length story.  This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Corequisite: JOUB05H3 & JOUB10H3 & JOUB17H3 & JOUB20H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB05H3    Advanced Interviewing Techniques

Students analyze professional interviews, critique student interviews, conduct research and interview newsmakers. This is as much a "people" skills course as it is a course in learning how to ask the right questions. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Corequisite: JOUB03H3 & JOUB10H3 & JOUB17H3 & JOUB20H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB10H3    News Laboratory I

Practical experience on "The Observer", an online and printed community news publication serving East York and Scarborough. The work includes reporting, photography, page design, website and multimedia production and social media. The work might include evenings and weekends. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Corequisite: JOUB03H3 & JOUB05H3 & JOUB17H3 & JOUB20H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB11H3    News Reporting

Practice in reporting, from a news story to feature and profile writing and coverage of the police, courts, sports, politics and Toronto City Hall. Students learn how to blog, tweet, shoot video and edit simple audio and TV news stories. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 10 credits including [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3], [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3], [(MDSB26H3) or JOUB01H3], [(MDSB27H3) or JOUB02H3], (HUMB11H3).
Corequisite: JOUA06H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB14H3    Journalism Design

Students develop skills to produce multiplatform layouts, including broadsheet, tabloid and website formats, in preparation for experience on the print and online "Observer". Students will use InDesign to produce attractively designed journalistic layouts that reflect sound news judgment. This course is at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 10 credits including [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3], [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3], [(MDSB26H3) or JOUB01H3], [(MDSB27H3) or JOUB02H3], (HUMB11H3).
Corequisite: JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB18H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB17H3    Radio News

The basics of radio journalism. Students use digital audio recorders and handheld microphones and operate the Observer Radio News control room to produce live-to-air (via Internet) newscasts and podcasts. Stories are edited using professional digital audio software. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Corequisite: JOUB03H3 & JOUB05H3 & JOUB10H3 & JOUB20H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB18H3    Imaging: Photography for Journalists

An introduction to the basic concepts of photography and a deeper examination of the principles of photojournalism. Students create photo stories using a range of equipment (portable, battery-operated flash equipment, digital cameras, etc.) and learn how to edit images for publication, either in print or in Web form.  This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 10 credits including [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3], [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3], [(MDSB26H3) or JOUB01H3], [(MDSB27H3) or JOUB02H3], (HUMB11H3).
Corequisite: JOUA06H3 & JOUB11H3 & JOUB14H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB20H3    Multiplatform Journalism

This course focuses on design and writing for multiplatform presentations of editorial content. Instruction includes gathering, editing and uploading text, audio and video for display on websites and mobile handheld devices. Students learn the mechanics of news website construction and maintenance and protocols for storytelling in a digital milieu.  This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3, JOUB11H3, JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3
Corequisite: JOUB03H3, JOUB05H3, JOUB10H3 & JOUB17H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUB24H3    Journalism in the Age of New Media

Journalism is undergoing a revolutionary change. Old trusted formats are falling away and young people are consuming, producing, exchanging, and absorbing news in a different way. The course will help students critically analyze new media models and give them the road map they will need to negotiate and work in New Media.  This course is open only to students in the Journalism Joint  Program.
Exclusion: (MDSB24H3)


JOUB39H3    Fundamentals of Journalistic Writing

An overview of the standard rules and techniques of journalistic writing. The course examines the basics of good writing style including words and structures most likely to cause problems for writers. Students will develop their writing skills through assignments designed to help them conceive, develop, and produce works of journalism.  This course is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3] & [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3] & (HUMA01H3).
Exclusion: (MDSB39H3)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUC13H3    Beat Reporting

Student teams conduct market research and prepare a business proposal. Each student writes five stories with audio and video elements.  Each team publishes the work in a new niche magazine and designs a website, using multi-media skills of writing, photography, audio and video. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the  Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 14.5 credits, including JOUB03H3, JOUB05H3, JOUB10H3, JOUB17H3 & [(JOUB09H3) or JOUB20H3]
Corequisite: JOUC16Y3 & JOUC17H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUC16Y3    News Laboratory II

Advanced experience on "The Observer", an online and printed news publication serving East York and Scarborough. The work includes research, field reporting, writing, photography, page design, website production and social media. The workload might include evenings and weekends. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 14.5 credits, including JOUB03H3 & JOUB05H3 & JOUB10H3 & JOUB17H3 & [(JOUB09H3) or JOUB20H3]
Corequisite: JOUC13H3 & JOUC17H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUC17H3    Television News

This course focuses on advanced multiplatform video journalism. Students learn how to shoot, edit and package editorial content. Students also staff live-to-air news programs where they anchor the news, sports, weather and entertainment. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: 14.5 credits, including JOUB03H3 & JOUB05H3 & JOUB10H3 & JOUB17H3 & [(JOUB09H3) or JOUB20H3]
Corequisite: JOUC13H3 & JOUC16Y3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUC25H3    Field Placement

In Field Placement, students use theoretical knowledge and applied skills in professional journalistic environments. Through individual work and as team members, students create editorial content on various platforms and undertake academic research and writing assignments that require them to reflect upon issues arising from their work placement experience. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: Successful completion of semesters 1 and 2 of the college phase of the Joint Journalism Program.
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language


JOUD10H3    Senior Seminar in Journalism

A project-oriented capstone course requiring students to demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary for contemporary journalism.  Students will create a project that will serve as part of a portfolio or as a scholarly exploration of the state of the mass media. This course is open only to students in the Journalism Joint Program.
Prerequisite: JOUC13H3 and JOUC16Y3 and JOUC17H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

Media Studies

MDSA02H3 History of Media and Technology

See the Media Studies section of this Calendar for full course descriptions.