Those who document historical moments, people and current events become just as important as the events that they are covering. The field of journalism puts you right in the pages of history as you document everything from press conferences with politicians and groundbreaking developments to outrageous celebrities and sporting events. Not only is journalism one of the most exciting professions, it also allows for many career paths including: magazine, newspaper or TV reporting (in a variety of areas), online journalism, radio broadcasting, and editing. However, before you can think of embarking on an exciting and fast-paced career in this field, you must obtain a degree or diploma from one of Canada’s respected Journalism Programs.
Whether your preference is the speedy online world where updates are added to articles right as they happen or the magazine platform, which requires more of a literary style of writing or perhaps the action of live radio or TV broadcasting, training starts with the same basics. First and foremost, students begin journalism school by taking reporting, research and editing courses, which allow you to understand journalistic structure and theory. In addition, at Centennial College, journalism students also receive extensive hands-on training, which, in this field, is just as important as theory. You will apply your research, interview and writing skills by being an active journalist for a community newspaper and an online publication. These experiences guarantee that you understand the inner workings of a newsroom and the procedures taken to ensure that stories are factually accurate, concise, consistent and conversational so the public may easily relate. Centennial’s Journalism School also does an amazing job of helping students to develop new multi-platform and online skills, as much of today’s news is being produced for online avenues. Another important aspect of the journalism program is its field placement, which puts students into the newsrooms of some of the most respected newspapers, magazines or news stations. The real-life experience allows you to build your portfolio, which is essential to any journalist seeking employment.
To apply for Centennial’s journalism program, students must present at minimum an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. There is also a compulsory English 12C or U or skills assessment, or equivalent requirement. During the admission process, students must complete an editing test and a current affairs questionnaire and write a short essay (topic provided). English will also be considered in the admissions process for journalism school.
Upon graduation, journalism jobs are available across Canada, whether in small town newspapers or big city radio and TV stations. Journalists must be willing to move where the job takes them, as many journalism positions are temporary with a possibility of leading to full time. Some journalists choose to freelance for a variety of publications. This allows them to build their portfolios and gain experience in a variety of areas such as local and international news, crime briefs, lifestyle and entertainment, arts and culture and much more. Those who choose the broadcasting option often start out as “chase producers”, setting up interviews for the reporters and eventually moving into the reporter or anchor roles themselves. With Canada’s respected and objective view of today’s current events, journalism is a great industry in which to find a long-lasting career.
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