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Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

University of King's College

Become an accomplished storyteller in one of Canada’s leading journalism programs

At King’s, you aren’t a ‘student journalist’—you’re simply a journalist. You’re part of a working team, breaking news, streaming interviews and publishing multimedia features.

In our renowned Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) program, you gain experience telling engaging, fact-based stories. You learn to ask ethical and probing questions, research deeply and write with flair and precision. You become a clearer thinker who can discern fact from opinion, ambiguity or falsehood.

You tell stories with words, audio, and video, reaching audiences on multiple platforms. You also gain experience and build your professional network through a journalism internship.

And once you’ve finished your honours journalism degree, you have the skills you need to work for journalism outlets, businesses, environmental groups, government departments, NGOs or political parties.

Are you curious? Do you like to express yourself? Do you want to make the world a better place? Then the Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) degree is made for you. Watch our All About Journalism webinar to hear about what skills students learn in the program, what work they publish and what life can hold for you with a journalism degree.

First Year Curriculum

Gain a deeper understanding with a well-rounded mix of humanities and journalism courses

In your first year as a journalism student, you take Foundations of Journalism I and II. These courses offer an examination of the news media’s important role in democratic society, building on a strong grounding in the humanities you get in the Foundation Year Program. This pairing is both theoretical and practical—you learn how to read, listen to and watch the news critically. It gives you the historical and contemporary context you need to focus on specific topics in upper years and later in your career.

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Required Courses

Foundation Year Program (4-Credit)

KING1000.24
Fall
Winter
Lecture: MWRF 935-1125
Tutorial: MWRF 1135-1225 or
Tutorial: MWRF 1235-1325 or
Tutorial: MWRF 1335-1425

Foundations of Journalism I

JOUR1002.03
Fall
Alumni Hall
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025 (KTS); AND
T 1435-1525 (Seminar 7) OR
T 1435-1525 (Seminar Room) OR
T 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
T 1435-1525 (Shatford Room) OR
R 1035-1125 (Scotiabank Room) OR
R 1035-1125 (Seminar 7) OR
R 1035-1125 (Shatford Room)

Foundations of Journalism II

JOUR1003.03
Winter
Alumni Hall
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025; AND
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 (Seminar 7) OR
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 (Seminar Room) OR
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 (Classroom AA1) OR
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 (Shatford Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125 (Scotiabank Room) OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125 (Seminar 7) OR
Tutorial: R 1035-1125 (Shatford Room)

Second and Third Year

Work on the craft of reporting for the public

In upper years, you begin reporting for the public.

You improve your listening, interviewing, reporting and multimedia skills as you take an increasing number of journalism courses from King’s award-winning journalism professors.

You pair your core journalism classes with electives or another degree concentration.

In addition to the courses listed below, you will take 18 credit hours in arts or science electives (as approved) in second year, and 18 credit hours in arts or science electives (as approved) in third year.

The faculty offers a wide range of journalism electives from Documentary Journalism and Opinion Writing, to Feature Writing and Sports Journalism, and more. Not all electives are offered every year. Those listed below are available through 2022-23.

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Second Year - Required Courses

Introduction to Reporting

JOUR2700.03
Fall
Computer Lab 1
M 1435-1725 OR
W 1435-1725

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

JOUR2702.03
Fall
Computer Lab 1
R 1435-1725

Intermediate Reporting

JOUR2701.03
Winter
Computer Lab 1
W 1135-1425

Indigenous Peoples and Media

JOUR2704.03
Winter
KTS Lecture Hall
F 09:35-1125
Third Year - Required Courses
Third Year - Pick two of the following electives

Fourth Year

Become industry ready through projects, workshops and internships

In your final year, you complete an honours project and two workshops, typically chosen from News (required)/Audio/Video/Creative Nonfiction, and one workshop chosen from Investigative/Magazine/Audio Documentary/Video Documentary. Before graduating, you complete an internship at a media organization where you get hands-on, real-world experience.

The Signal

Produce award-winning work

The Signal is the School of Journalism, Writing & Publishing’s media outlet—the hub for your news stories, videos and current affairs podcasts.

In recent years, students have covered a murder trial from start to finish and reported on important moments in the city’s history. Student work published on The Signal regularly wins regional and national awards including Atlantic Journalism Awards, Emerge Media Awards and Canadian Online Publishing Awards.

 

Gold Award
Best Publication (Academic)
Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2018
The Signal

1st Place
Audio Storytelling
Emerge Media Awards 2018
What if the Halifax Explosion never happened?

JOURNALISM INTERNSHIPS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Get a foot in the door

In fourth year, you’ll do a month-long internship at an approved journalism outlet before graduation. Students have worked for newsrooms such as the Canadian Press, CBC, the Globe and Mail, National Post, Elle Magazine and Sportsnet, and also at smaller outlets such as alt-weeklies and video production houses.

Most students complete internships in Canada, but students have also completed internships in New York, Chile and Beirut.

Additional Requirements

Students are required to complete at least three credit hours in Canadian history or Canadian political institutions. This requirement may be satisfied by a 3 credit hour course from History, Political Science, Indigenous Studies or Canadian Studies courses. This is to be taken as one of the Arts & Science electives in either second or third year. Students who can demonstrate that they have an adequate knowledge of Canadian history or political institutions may be excused from this requirement with permission of the Director of Journalism, provided they propose a coherent alternative academic program of study.

Stay focused, no matter how emotionally charged an issue is. Stay focused on what the story is and what people need from you. Put yourself in their shoes.

Jonna Brewer
Jonna Brewer

Host of Information Morning, CBC Moncton, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours), 1987

More Opportunities

Students in their first year of study may be interested in First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs), interdisciplinary study groups that augment and expand your first-year curriculum.


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