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Master of Journalism (New Ventures)

Master of Journalism (New Ventures)

University of King's College

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

For most of our applicants, the Master of Journalism is a two-year program. The first year is an intensive introduction to reporting practices across platforms. The second year is a deeper dive into multimedia journalism with a focus on developing a new journalism venture.

Students receive a Bachelor of Journalism degree upon successful completion of the first year. They receive a Master of Journalism degree for the following 10 months of study. 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. This accelerated path is open to students who have completed a Bachelor of  Journalism degree, or equivalent. It is also open to working journalists  who have an undergraduate degree, in a discipline other than journalism, and a  minimum of five years full-time 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

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Curriculum

Students will either enter the masters program having completed the one-year Bachelor of Journalism, or having requisite education or experience in journalism practice.

The 10-month masters program runs from June to April with 12 of 30 credits in the summer term, and 9 in each of the fall and winter terms. In summer and fall terms, students will stay in residence while in the winter term their capstone professional project may be done off campus.

SUMMER & FALL TERMS

The first two terms prime students for a career in the ever-changing world of journalism in the digital age. They will learn storytelling from a multi-platform approach. Students then learn the fundamentals of creating a new enterprise including market identification and raising start-up funds, in preparation for embarking on their professional project.

 

Explore courses
Summer

Audience and Content Strategies

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

Digital Journalism I

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

Mobile Reporting

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

Business Fundamentals for Journalists

JOUR6900.03
Summer
Arts & Administration - Computer Lab
T 0935-1225
R 0935-1225
Fall

Digital Journalism II

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

New Venture Creation

JOUR6903.03
Fall
Rowe Management Building - Room 1011
Lecture: T 1435-1725
Tutorial: W 1235-1425

Emerging Business Models in Journalism

JOUR7001.03
Fall
New Academic Building - Frazee Room
M 1005-1125
W 1005-1125

Winter Term

In the winter term, students develop their capstone project, a business or business model, under the guidance of a faculty mentor and a professional in the field. New Ventures students can take their projects to the Halifax Startup competition, and can conclude the program with a pitch for feedback from a panel of business professionals.

"The King’s MJ program gave me up-to-date digital journalism skills and the solid entrepreneurship fundamentals I needed to launch a business."

Angela Mombourquette
Angela Mombourquette

Founder, LifeAfterGluten.com, Master of Journalism (New Ventures), 2015

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Alternatively, you might be interested in the Master of Journalism (Data & Investigative) program.


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