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Faculty List

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



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 will also qualify for the Advanced College Diploma from Centennial College.

Courses are taught at both U of T Scarborough and at Centennial College (The Story Arts Centre 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. A final semester prior to graduation is on the UTSC campus where a "capstone course" is required along with a work placement of 15 weeks.

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:
MDSA01H3 and JOUA01H3 and JOUA02H3 and ACMB01H3 and 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 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, Prof. Tim Doyle TDoyle@centennialcollege.ca

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

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.  First Year (2.5 credits):
Introductory Journalism Courses (1.0 credit)
JOUA01H3 Introduction to Journalism I
JOUA02H3 Introduction to Journalism II

Introductory Media Studies Courses (0.5 credit)
MDSA01H3 Introduction to Media Studies

Introductory Humanities Courses (1.0 credit)
ACMB01H3 Critical Reading, Thinking and Writing for ACM Programs
ACMB02H3 Methods of Inquiry and Investigation for ACM Programs

2.  Second Year (2.0 credits):
Journalism Core Courses
JOUB01H3 Covering Immigration and Transnational Issues
JOUB02H3 Critical Journalism
JOUB24H3 Journalism in the Age of New Media
JOUB39H3 Fundamentals of Journalistic Writing

3.  Third Year (4.5 credits):
Journalism Application Courses

(a) Centennial College Group 1 (2.0 credits)
*JOUA06H3 Journalism Law and Ethics
*JOUB11H3 News Reporting
*JOUB14H3 Multiplatform Design
*JOUB18H3 Imaging: Photography for Journalists
*A minimum grade of 60% is required in these courses to pass and maintain standing in the program.
Note: students will be eligible to enrol in Centennial College Group 1 courses after successfully completing at least 10.0 credits at the University of Toronto Scarborough (or obtaining permission of the Program Director), including JOUA01H3, JOUA02H3, MDSA01H3, JOUB01H3, JOUB02H3, JOUB24H3, JOUB39H3, ACMB01H3, and ACMB02H3.

(b) Centennial College Group 2 (2.5 credits)
*JOUB03H3 Magazine/Freelance Journalism
*JOUB05H3 Advanced Interviewing Techniques
*JOUB10H3 News Laboratory I
*JOUB17H3 Radio News
*JOUB20H3 Interactive Journalism
*A minimum grade of 60% is required in these courses to pass and maintain standing in the program.
Note: students will be eligible to enrol in Centennial College Group 2 courses after successfully completing the courses from Centennial College Group 1 above.

4. Third/Fourth Year:
(a) 1.5 credits at the C- or D-level in JOU courses, 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.
(b) Courses that satisfy the requirements of one Minor Program. Note: Courses used to meet this requirement may also be applied to requirements 1, 2 and 4(a).

5. Fourth Year (3.0 credits):
Advanced Journalism Application Courses

Centennial College Group 3 (2.0 credits)
*JOUC13H3 Entrepreneurial Reporting
*JOUC16Y3 News Laboratory II
*JOUC17H3 Television News
*A minimum grade of 60% is required in these courses to pass and maintain standing in the program.
Note: students will be eligible to enrol in Centennial College Group 3 courses after successfully completing the courses from Centennial College Group 2 above.

D-level Journalism Courses (0.5 credit)
JOUD10H3 Senior Seminar in Journalism
Note: this course is held on the UTSC campus

Journalism Field Placement (0.5 credit)
*JOUC25H3 Field Placement
* A minimum grade of 60% is required in this course to pass and maintain standing in the program. Students are also required to have completed a non-credit Career Management course prior to starting their field placement. No academic credit is given for the Career Management course and no fee is charged. Students must contact their Program Coordinator at Centennial College to enroll in the Career Management course, they cannot enroll in this course via ACORN.
Note: students will be eligible to enrol in this course after successfully completing the courses from Centennial College Group 3 above.

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    Multiplatform Design

This course provides an introduction to the principles of design and aims to help students develop the skills they will need to package and present news and feature content across print and digital platforms. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

Prerequisite: 10 credits including [(MDSA21H3) or JOUA01H3] and [(MDSA22H3) or JOUA02H3] and [(MDSB26H3) or JOUB01H3] and [(MDSB27H3) or JOUB02H3]; students must have a minimum 2.0 CGPA to take this course.
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    Interactive Journalism

Newsgathering today requires journalists to be able to file to a number of different media platforms. This course builds on JOUB11H3 and introduces students to new production protocols appropriate for digital news media. It focuses on orienting students to the multiplatform and web-focused environment by refining reporting/writing/production skills already acquired for the special needs of digital news operations. Using a multiplatform, newsroom-in-action format, the course includes instruction in skills related to gathering, editing and uploading custom interactive content and data presentations and will outline protocols for audience interaction. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

Prerequisite: 12 credits, including JOUA06H3, JOUB11H3, JOUB14H3 & JOUB18H3; students must have a minimum 2.0 CGPA to take this course.
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)
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

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    Entrepreneurial Reporting

This is an advanced, multimedia content-driven course where students, working in groups and under faculty supervision, select a narrow topic and conduct preliminary research to prepare and present a proposal. After the approval of their proposal, students will research, write, shoot and produce a series of stories, including at least one documentary-style video, and for a final project, a website and a magazine. Students will be graded on their individual work as well as their teamwork and professionalism. This course is taught at Centennial College and is open only to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

Prerequisite: 14.5 credits, including JOUB03H3, JOUB05H3, JOUB10H3, JOUB17H3 & [(JOUB09H3) or JOUB20H3]; students must have a minimum 2.0 CGPA to take this course.
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: Students must be in good standing and have successfully completed groups 1, 2, and 3 of the Centennial College phase of the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism. In addition, students are required to have completed a non-credit Career Management course prior to starting their field placement.
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: No academic credit is given for the Career Management course and no fee charged. Students must contact their Program Coordinator at Centennial College to arrange for enrolment in the course. 

JOUC30H3    Critical Approaches to Style, Form and Narrative

The forms of Journalism are being challenged as reporting styles diverge and change overtime, across genres and media. New forms of narrative experimentation are opened up by the Internet and multimedia platforms. How do participatory cultures challenge journalists to experiment with media and language to create new audience experiences?

Prerequisite: ACMB01H3 and MDSB05H3 and JOUB39H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

JOUC31H3    Journalism, Information Sharing and Technological Change

The nexus between journalism, civic engagement and changing technologies presents opportunities and challenges for the way information is produced, consumed and shared. Topics range from citizen and networked journalism, mobile online cultures of social movements and everyday life, to the complicated promises of the internet’s democratizing potential and data-based problem solving.

Prerequisite: ACMB01H3 and JOUB24H3
Exclusion: MDSB25H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

JOUC62H3    Media and the World of Work

The course explores the relationships between journalism and the labour movement in Canada's present media environment. It examines how labour is perceived as a media issue and how labour stories are framed in mainstream media - what is reported, how it is reported, what isn't reported, and why. It also examines significant issues in Canadian labour history within a media studies context.

Same as MDSC62H3

Prerequisite: ACMB01H3 and [[MDSA01H3 and MDSB05H3] or [JOUA01H3 and JOUA02H3]]
Exclusion: MDSC62H3
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language

JOUC63H3    Media Ethics

Introduces students to ethical issues in media. Students learn theoretical aspects of ethics and apply them to media industries and practices in the context of advertising, public relations, journalism, mass media entertainment, and online culture.

Same as MDSC63H3

Prerequisite: ACMB01H3 and [[MDSA01H3 and MDSB05H3] or [JOUA01H3 and JOUA02H3]]
Exclusion: MDSC63H3
Breadth Requirement: History, Philosophy & Cultural Studies

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

JOUD11H3    Senior Research Seminar in Journalism

Focusing on independent research, this course requires students to demonstrate the necessary analysis, research and writing skills required for advanced study. This seminar course provides the essential research skills for graduate work and other research-intensive contexts.  Students will design and undertake unique and independent research about the state of journalism.

Prerequisite: [1.0 credit from the following: JOUB02H3, JOUC30H3, JOUC31H3]
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.

JOUD12H3    Journalism at the Intersection of Politics, Economics and Ethics

Journalism is a field that influences – and is influenced by – politics, finance, and civil society.  This course raises contentious questions about power and responsibility at the core of journalism’s role in society.  Challenges to the obligations of responsible journalism are examined through changing economic pressures and ties to political cultures.

Prerequisite: [1.0 credit from the following: JOUC30H3, JOUC31H3, JOUC62H3, JOUC63H3]
Breadth Requirement: Arts, Literature & Language
NOTE: Priority will be given to students in the Specialist (Joint) program in Journalism.
Media Studies

MDSA02H3 History of Media

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


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