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School of Journalism

University of King's College

The world needs storytellers dedicated to pursuing and sharing truth in trustworthy and meaningful ways.

King’s invites you to join the vanguard of the journalism revolution. Graduate with the skills to join a traditional newsroom, documentary house, or to take on a range of roles in new media. King’s offers undergraduate, advanced and graduate programs specializing in Journalism.

Undergraduate

Establish an outstanding base for a range of careers — including law, public service, education, advocacy, arts and journalism — in our four-year Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) program. Learn to think and write quickly and clearly. Become an adept storyteller in digital and traditional formats. Cultivate your curiosity about the contemporary world.

Strengthen your writing and research skills – and understand the role of journalism in society – by taking a Minor in Journalism Studies.

Advanced and Graduate

Leverage your undergraduate degree with our post-baccalaureate one-year Bachelor of Journalism. Graduate with the skills to join a traditional newsroom, documentary house, or to take on a range of roles in new media.

Our graduate programs are unique, specialized and professionally oriented.

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

Challenge your world.

This degree will guide you to become a more capable person – and a stronger citizen. Well-trained and passionate, our graduates are ready to hunt truth and reveal nuance.

A dedicated and experienced faculty teaches you to do deep research, analyze complicated information, stand up to power, and manage your time. You will learn to think critically and write clearly, and to tell stories in multiple formats. Businesses, environmental groups, government departments, NGOs, political parties and other organizations all seek people with these skills.

In first year lectures and tutorials you explore the Western world’s rich intellectual tradition. Why is our society as it is? How can it change? Our broad academic approach gives you profound understanding.

From there you go on to improve your listening, interviewing, reporting and multimedia skills. You learn research techniques in second year, and ethics in third year. The intense final year includes one Honours Project, three workshops of your choice, and an internship at a professional media organization.

Are you curious? Like to express yourself? Want to make the world a better place? Then the King’s Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree is made for you.

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1st Year

Foundation Year Programme (4-Credit)

KING 1000X/Y.24
Fall
Winter
Lectures: MWRF 9:35 - 11:25
Tutorials: MWF at 11:35-12:25 or 12:35-1:25 or 1:35-2:25
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Foundations of Journalism

JOUR 1001.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall / KTS Lecture Hall
T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125
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2nd Year

Introduction to Reporting

JOUR2700.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1835-1955 AND
W 1835-1955; OR
M 1335-1455 AND
W 1335-1455
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Intermediate Reporting

JOUR2701.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1335-1625
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Introduction to Video Reporting

JOUR 3003.03
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3rd Year - Required

Advanced Reporting 1

JOUR3004.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 1535-1725
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Advanced Reporting 2

JOUR3005.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
F 1235-1525
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Ethics of Journalism

JOUR3122.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Shatford Room
T 0935-1125
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3rd Year - Electives - Two of the following:
4th Year - Required
4th Year - Workshops - One of the following:
4th Year - Workshops - Two of the following:

Minor in Journalism Studies

Curiosity, a willingness to ask questions, and a desire to find and tell stories–these are the building blocks for those who want to study journalism.

For students who are interested in journalism as a complement to another field of study, the School of Journalism offers the option of a minor in journalism studies.

Students learn about story-telling based on factual evidence, reporting, journalistic style, interviewing, and copy editing. They learn how to gather information and to craft that information into a compelling story.

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Required Courses

Foundations of Journalism

JOUR 1001.06X/Y
Fall
Winter
New Academic Building - Alumni Hall / KTS Lecture Hall
T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125
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Introduction to Reporting

JOUR2700.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1835-1955 AND
W 1835-1955; OR
M 1335-1455 AND
W 1335-1455
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Required Course Bachelor of Science students

Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1735-2025
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Electives - Five of the following (Bachelor of Science students choose four):

Introduction to Radio

JOUR3002.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 7
R 1835-2025
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Science and the Media

HSTC2400.03 / JOUR2400.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Archibald Room
M 1735-2025
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Intermediate Reporting

JOUR2701.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 1335-1625
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Advanced Reporting 2

JOUR3005.03
Winter
New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
F 1235-1525
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Ethics of Journalism

JOUR3122.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Shatford Room
T 0935-1125
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Through Her Eyes: Women and the Documentary Tradition

JOUR 3304.03
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News Media & Courts in Canada

JOUR3333.03
Winter
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1835-2025
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Creative Nonfiction

JOUR 3440.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
W 1335-1525
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Advanced Creative Nonfiction

JOUR3441.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
W 1335-1525
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Feature Writing

JOUR3540.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
M 1335-1525
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Business Reporting for Journalists

JOUR 3542.03
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Copy Editing

JOUR3550.03
Winter
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1335-1525
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Introduction to Online Journalism

JOUR 3557.03
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Great Journalists

JOUR 3560.03
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Photojournalism

JOUR3660.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Haliburton Room / Seminar 7; New Academic Building - Scotiabank Room
M 1835-2025 OR
T 1835-2025 OR
R 1835-2025 OR
W 1835-2025 OR
F 1535-1725
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The Journalist as Documentarian

JOUR3662.03
Fall
New Academic Building - KTS Lecture Hall
T 1735-2025
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One-Year Bachelor of Journalism

Learn It. Do It. Share It.

You are driven to tell stories. You are curious about the world around you. You want to share your passion and explore issues that matter.

Turn your interest into a journalism career.

This degree builds upon the broad undergraduate education you already have to give you the skills to become a working journalist in just one year. You’ll gain the practical, ethical and technical knowledge to thrive in the digital news environment. You’ll participate in hands-on workshops to tell stories in specific media such as radio, television, newspaper, magazine and mobile. No experience in journalism is required.

Investigate a trend using a spreadsheet. Shoot high-quality video. Engage your audience.

Join the strong network of King’s grads working as journalists across Canada and around the globe.

Take the one-year Bachelor of Journalism as a standalone program or as the first year of a two-year Master of Journalism with streams in Data Journalism or New Ventures.

Master of Journalism - Data & Investigative

Where will Journalism be in five years? Following you.

Do systematic research, crunch large data sets to discover hidden patterns, and put the results to work in evidence-driven stories. Discover the latest storytelling techniques, and learn how to write computer programs to mine data from the web. Want a sharp advantage in the digital world? Welcome to King’s.

You will work with award-winning journalists in a series of small production workshops and intimate seminar classes over two years.  Hone your fundamental storytelling skills on multiple media platforms in year one. Dive deeply into digital and data techniques in year two and finish with an investigative data project published on your own interactive website.

Push the boundaries of where journalism can go and what journalism can be.

Admissions and advanced standing

You are eligible to apply for the two-year program if you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline. If you already have a strong foundation in journalism, you may enter the program in the second year with advanced standing. The accelerated path is open to students who have completed a Bachelor of Journalism degree, or equivalent, and to working journalists who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the field.

The investigative and data stream is led by Fred Vallance-Jones, a multiple-award winning journalist whose work has been recognized by the National Newspaper Awards, the IRE Awards, the Michener Awards, and the Canadian Association of Journalists Awards. Fred’s students have also been recognized multiple times for their investigative work. He is co-author of the widely used texts Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide and Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer, and a contributor to several other journalism and communications texts.

Offered in partnership with

01 DAL FullMark-Blk

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Summer

Audience and Content Strategies

JOUR6002.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
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Digital Journalism I

JOUR6001.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 0935-1225
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
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Mobile Reporting

JOUR7003.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
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Public Records Research

JOUR 6700.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
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Fall

Digital Journalism II

JOUR6003.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1335-1625
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Methods of Investigative Journalism

JOUR6701.06
Fall
New Academic Building - Seminar Room
W 1435-1725
R 0935-1225
F 1435-1725
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Winter

Master of Journalism - New Ventures

Own your journalism career — build your own journalism business.

The future of journalism depends on innovation, entrepreneurship and new forms of storytelling. Develop the digital skills and business acumen required to spot the opportunity in creative turmoil.

You will work with award-winning journalists in a series of small production workshops and intimate seminar classes in this unique two-year program. Hone your fundamental storytelling skills on multiple media platforms in year one. Dive deeper into digital, mobile and social journalism and learn principles of entrepreneurship in year two.

  • Work one-on-one with expert mentors who are professionals in the field
  • Study alongside MBA student in the Dalhousie University Faculty of Management
  • Graduate with a prototype and business plan for a new journalism business ready to launch.

This is not business journalism – it’s the study of how the journalism business works, and how you can make it work for you.

Admissions and advanced standing

You are eligible to apply for the two-year program if you have an undergraduate degree in any discipline. If you already have a strong foundation in journalism, you may enter the program in the second year with advanced standing. The accelerated path is open to students who have completed a Bachelor of Journalism degree, or equivalent, and to working journalists who have a minimum of five years’ experience in the field.

The program is led by Kelly Toughill, MBA (Queen’s), an award-winning journalist and former senior editor with the Toronto Star.

Offered in partnership with

01 DAL FullMark-Blk

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Summer

Audience and Content Strategies

JOUR6002.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
View Course

Digital Journalism I

JOUR6001.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 0935-1225
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
View Course

Mobile Reporting

JOUR7003.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
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Business Fundamentals for Journalists

JOUR 6900.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
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Fall

Digital Journalism II

JOUR6003.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1335-1625
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New Venture Creation

JOUR 6903.03
Fall
Rowe Management Building - Room 1011
Lecture: T 1435-1725
Tutorial: W 1235-1425
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Emerging Business Models in Journalism

JOUR 7001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 1005-1125
W 1005-1125
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Winter

Master of Journalism / Juris Doctor

Be the best journalist on the justice beat or the most media-savvy lawyer in your law firm by graduating with Canada’s first combined Master of Journalism / Juris Doctor degree. This collaboration between the King’s School of Journalism and Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law allows you to earn this degree in as little as three years.

You will join the Master of Journalism (New Ventures) program, which focuses on digital and business skills. Options allow each student to fashion the journalism curriculum to suit their needs.

Most will work on journalism in summer sessions, and have their second and third years focus mainly on law. The journalism portion of the degree ends with a project that considers some intersection of journalism and the law.

Students with an undergraduate degree in journalism or experience as a journalist can earn this degree in three years. Students without a journalism background can do the program in four years. Students apply separately to the journalism MJ program and to the Schulich School of Law JD program. They can pursue this combined degree upon gaining admission to both programs.

For more information contact graduate coordinator Tim Currie at 902-422-1271 x187, tim.currie@ukings.ca.

 

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Year 1 - Summer

Audience and Content Strategies

JOUR6002.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Seminar 2
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
View Course

Business Fundamentals for Journalists

JOUR 6900.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
View Course
Year 2 - Summer

Digital Journalism I

JOUR6001.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
M 0935-1225
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
View Course

Mobile Reporting

JOUR7003.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
W 0935-1225
F 0935-1225
View Course
Year 2 - Fall

Digital Journalism II

JOUR6003.03
Fall
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
R 1335-1625
View Course
Year 3 - Fall

Emerging Business Models in Journalism

JOUR 7001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 1005-1125
W 1005-1125
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Year 3 - Winter

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction

We’ve got your book.

Whether you are a mid-career writer, a journalist, or an aspiring author, King’s MFA is designed for you. Bring us your idea for a narrative nonfiction book, a collection of essays, or a biography or memoir and we can help you turn it into a manuscript that’s on the road to publication.

We’ll help you learn the craft and practice of being an author as you hone your skills under the mentorship of award-winning nonfiction writers. With the additional help of top publishing professionals in Canada and the United States, you’ll do all this and more in just two years. The bonus, of course, is that you earn a prestigious MFA degree along the way.

The MFA is a two-year limited-residency program consisting of two summer residences in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and a winter residency that alternates between New York and Toronto. In the summer residency, students solidify their book proposals, learn structure and research skills through lectures and mentorships, and work with other students to fine-tune their prose. During the winter residencies in Toronto and New York, they meet with agents and editors, acquire the tools to be a professional writer, and learn about the business of writing.

Students work long-distance with their mentors in between these residences in order to move their manuscript to the next stage. This low-residency feature, and the exclusive focus on creative nonfiction, make the King’s MFA the only program of its kind in Canada.

It’s also one of the premier degree programs in North America for authors writing in this genre. Don Sedgwick, the Executive Director of the King’s MFA, has a 35-year career as a writer, editor, publisher, literary agent and educator. His teaching colleagues at King’s – Stephen Kimber and Dean Jobb – along with the stellar group of writing mentors, are all published authors, award-winning journalists, and highly successful writing instructors. Together they have written or edited more than fifty books and been nominated for at least a hundred national magazine or newspaper awards.

We invite you to take the challenge. Join other talented writers and our award-winning faculty and turn your great idea into an equally great book.

Offered in partnership with

01 DAL FullMark-Blk

"King's is the place that has shaped me and continues to shape me. I credit King's for all that I am."

Barb Stegeman
Barb Stegeman

Author and Social Business Innovator, One-Year Bachelor of Journalism, '99


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