Master of Journalism

University of King's College

Gain the skills to inquire deeply into topics that matter to you. And the ability to tell those important, evidence-based stories to others.

Are you passionate about something? Eager to inquire more deeply and tell the world what you’ve found? Are you wondering how to do that with your existing undergraduate degree?

The two-year Master of Journalism (MJ) program is for you. Gain valuable research and storytelling skills, and begin building your portfolio of published stories soon after you start. Dive into public records and data, and learn to ask good questions. Tell the stories that inspire change in innovative ways.

As part of the Master of Journalism program, you will complete a professional project you will be proud to share with the public. Recent students in the program have told the story of parents in rural areas facing costly access to hospital care for their children, and used data to probe quality of life in Canadian communities.

You will join the strong network of King’s Master of Journalism alumni working as journalists across Canada and around the globe, such as Sofia Ortega, who reported from Mexico on the migrant caravan for the Associated Press, and Alexander Quon, who investigated seven years of food inspection records in Nova Scotia for a Global News series.

Gold Award
Best Student Journalism
Atlantic Journalism Awards 2018
Terms of Service

Gold Award
Best Publication (Academic)
Best Video Content (Academic)
Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2018

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“I’m so excited to be part of something that’s so large, on a national scale. It’s different than anything I’ve done before.”

— Lyndsay Armstrong, current MJ student who’s part of the National Student Investigative Reporting Network, pictured here far left with fellow MJ student Megan O’Toole and Assistant Professor Pauline Dakin.

The Master of Journalism takes roughly two years to complete, spanning five academic semesters. Most students begin in the fall (September) by taking introductory reporting courses alongside Bachelor of Journalism students and gaining experience as part of a working newsroom.

Deeper instruction begins in the winter term of year one—including advanced research skills, visual storytelling techniques, and examinations of industry practice. If your undergraduate degree is in journalism or you have deep experience as a working journalist, you can join the MJ program at this point.

You have the option of studying away from campus for two of the semesters—the summer semester between years one and two, and the winter semester of year two.

Build a program that suits your interests and professional goals, with two electives at King’s, Dalhousie University or another institution, related to the topic-area of your professional project.

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Curriculum

Year One

Explore courses
Fall

Journalism Research

JOUR6151.03
Fall
Computer Lab 1
MW 1705-1855

Reporting Fundamentals

JOUR6153.03
Fall
Computer Lab 1
WF 0935-1155

Writing and Reporting for Audio and Video

JOUR6156.03
Fall

Journalism & Society

JOUR6709.03
Fall
Computer Lab 1; Online / Synchronous
F 1305-1355 (Online Synchronous Session)

News Workshop

JOUR6857.09
Fall
Winter

Year Two

Professional Project

The capstone project of your degree is a deeply researched, long-form inquiry under the supervision of faculty and other experts. You will work over three terms to complete it. In the first term, you will pitch and plan your project. You will research and report it in the second term. In the third term, you will complete it—incorporating images and multimedia—with the aim of publishing it and monitoring its impact before graduation.

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Summer

Professional Project

JOUR6800.03
Fall
Summer
Winter
TF 1035-1155 (Online Synchronous Sessions)
Fall

The Evolving Business of Journalism

JOUR6706.03
Fall
Online / Synchronous
T 1405-1655 (Online Synchronous Session)

Professional Project

JOUR6800.03
Fall
Summer
Winter
TF 1035-1155 (Online Synchronous Sessions)

Visual Storytelling

JOUR6704.03
Fall
Online / Synchronous
W 1405-1655 (Online Synchronous Session)
Winter

Professional Project

JOUR6800.03
Fall
Summer
Winter
TF 1035-1155 (Online Synchronous Sessions)

Elective requirements

Two electives at the 6xxx.03 level must be completed. These can be from the following King’s courses, from Dalhousie University, or with approval, courses from other institutions, and can be completed in the Winter term of either your first or second year.

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King's elective offerings

Advanced Data Journalism Methods

JOUR6801.03
Winter
Online / Synchronous
W 1405-1655 (Online Synchronous Session)

Journalism Entrepreneurship

JOUR6802.03
Winter

"At King’s I learned how to behave ethically as a journalist. I learned that for me journalism is not a craft, it is a profession."

Sofia Ortega
Sofia Ortega

Freelance Video Journalist with Associated Press, Mexico, Master of Journalism, 2018

In addition to the Master of Journalism program, King’s also offers a one-year Bachelor of Journalism. You can compare the programs which one is right for you.

Get more information about graduate and advanced Journalism programs


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