Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

Bachelor of Journalism (Honours)

University of King's College

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Become an accomplished storyteller at one of Canada’s leading journalism schools

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.

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)

KING 1000.24
Lecture: MWRF 935-1125
Tutorial: MWRF 1135-1225 or
Tutorial: MWRF 1235-1325 or
Tutorial: MWRF 1335-1425

Foundations of Journalism I

KTS Lecture Hall
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025; AND
T 1435-1525 (KTS Lecture Hall) 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

KTS Lecture Hall
Lecture: T 0935-1125 & 1335-1425 OR
T 0935-1125 & R 0935-1025; AND
Tutorial: T 1435-1525 (KTS Lecture Hall) 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 21 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.

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Second Year - Required Courses

Introduction to Reporting

Computer Lab 1
MW 1505-1625
MW 1305-1425

Intermediate Reporting

Computer Lab 1
MW 1305-1425

Introduction to Visual Storytelling

Computer Lab 1
R 1435-1725
Third Year - Required Courses

Advanced Reporting 1

Computer Lab 1
T 1505-1725

Advanced Reporting 2

Classroom 3
F 1435-1725

Ethics & Law for Journalists

Computer Lab 1; Online / Synchronous
T 1235-1425 (Computer Lab 1)
T 1235-1425 (Online / Synchronous Session)
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’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.

Students are required to complete at least six credit hours in Canadian history or Canadian political institutions. This requirement may be satisfied by selecting six credit hours in a single subject or two 3 credit hour courses selected from History, Political Science 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, provided they propose a coherent alternative academic program of study.

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?


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, 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

To be a good journalist, you should know Canadian history and Canadian politics. To obtain your degree, you need to complete at least six credit hours in Canadian history or Canadian political institutions. You can do this by selecting six credit hours in a single subject or by earning three credit hours in two of any History, Political Science or Canadian Studies courses.

You’re going to read a lot of articles. You’re going to read a lot of books. You’re going to write a ton…I’ll learn how to be on camera and on air, and I just can’t wait for that to happen.

Ilyas Kurbanov
Ilyas Kurbanov

2nd year student, Bachelor of Journalism (Honours),

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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