|Duration:||4 Semesters (2 Years)|
|Start Dates:||Summer, Fall, |
Start dates are subject to change
|Credential Awarded:||Ontario College Diploma|
The JRN program will provide you with pre– professional training in radio, television and new media journalism, and documentary skills. You’ll gain a high degree of competency and knowledge, and be prepared to obtain entry– level positions in a broad spectrum of radio and television information programming.
You are best suited for this program if you have a great desire for storytelling and disseminating information about news, public affairs, entertainment and sports. Over the course of the program, you’ll learn important research, critical thinking, media analysis, writing and on– camera & on–microphone performance skills.
Program Learning Outcomes:
This Seneca College program meets the system-wide standards as set by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.
As a graduate, you will be prepared to reliably demonstrate the ability to:
- Report on stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional, and timely manner.
- Apply computer and technical skills to designated production and research functions in journalism.
- Function both independently and as a member of editorial and/or production teams.
- Analyze knowledge from communities, current events and public affairs, and history to interpret and express the context for designated journalism publications and/or productions.
- Develop strategies for personal and professional development.
- Comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards, and the principles and practices of journalism.
- Write and edit content for the designated media platforms.
- Publish and/or broadcast content for the designated media platforms.
- Apply production skills and use production equipment in the preparation and distribution of content for the designated media platforms.
Essential Employability Skills:
Graduates of this program are also expected to demonstrate the essential employability skills learning outcomes as outlined on the Ministry of Training, College and Universities website.
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
- Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
- OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with the above prerequisite course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).
- As this is an oversubscribed program applicants will be required to attend an orientation session and complete a mandatory $55 pre-admissions screening test. Please click here for a practice test. Applicants will also be required to complete program–related assignments. A pamphlet with your testing information is available here.
- Although not required for admission, the following are considered assets:
- Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U);
- Basic computer skills including Windows or Macintosh operating system, word processing (preferably Microsoft Word), and spreadsheet software (Excel).
The Importance of Learning Skills:
Student success in college requires well developed learning skills (such as being able to work independently, participate in a team, be well–organized, develop good work habits, and show initiative). These skills are as important as prior academic achievement. While it is expected that applicants would have developed these skills through previous education and life experiences, Seneca offers support to assist students with further development of these important skills. Seminars, workshops and tutoring are available at Seneca's Learning Centres.
Your career in journalism for radio, television and new media starts now. Earn a diploma in Journalism and you’ll find exciting career opportunities in news, public affairs, weather, entertainment and sports anchoring, reporting, researching, broadcast and web writing, documentary production, video/audio recording and editing. Our graduates also find employment in corporate and public settings such as media and public relations.
Joint Program with York University
Program Code: JRNY
Seneca College and York University offer a joint program which enables students to earn a Seneca diploma in Journalism and a York University Bachelor of Arts Degree. This program is for students who have completed two years of a B.A. program, or three years of an honours B.A. program at York University. Information on the joint program may be obtained from the Advising Centre, Faculty of Arts, York University, or from the Admissions Office, Seneca College.
Affiliations and Associations
- Broadcast Education Association, Canada (BEAC)
- BURLI Software
- Canadian Association of Broadcasters (CAB)
- Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA)
As a student in JRN, you’ll benefit from one hundred hours of field placement in a professional broadcast setting. This component is critical to your career success and a requirement for graduation.
One of the general education courses must be a literature course for which EAC150 is the pre-requisite.
For more information, please visit: els.senecac.on.ca.
Diploma to Degree... and Beyond
Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):
|York University||• Any relevant degree or major|
|Laurentian University||• Honours Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies|
|Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus||• Honours Bachelor of Arts|
|Athabasca University||• Bachelor of Professional Arts in Communication Studies|
|Royal Roads University||• Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication|
|Griffith University||• Bachelor of Journalism|
|Monash University||• Bachelor of Arts with Journalism or Communications Major (Caulfield or Clayton Campus), or Bachelor of Journalism (Caulfield Campus)|
Important Academic Dates
Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant semester.
Currently under review.
|Semester 1||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|JRN100||Introductory Visual Skills for Journalism||3|
|JRN101||Fundamentals of Journalism||2|
|JRN141||Introduction to News Writing||3|
|JRN170||Digital Journalism I||2|
|RTV113||Television News I||3|
|RTV114||Radio News I||2|
|RTV336||News Announcing I||2|
|Semester 2||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|JRN172||Digital Journalism II||2|
|JRN200||Advanced Visual Skills for Journalism||3|
|JRN270||Improv Skills for Journalists Performing Live Hits||2|
|RTV214||Radio News II||3|
|RTV233||Introduction to TV Current Affairs||4|
|RTV436||News Announcing II||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 3||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|JRN142||Writing for Visual Media||3|
|JRN370||Digital Journalism II||2|
|RTV333||Television News III||4|
|RTV334||Radio News III||3|
|RTV371||The Radio Documentary||2|
|RTV456||News Announcing III||2|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|Semester 4||Course Name||Hrs/Wk|
|JRN475||Digital Journalism IV||4|
|RTV343||Television News IV||4|
|RTV344||Radio News IV||3|
|RTV466||News Announcing IV||2|
|RTV470||The Television Documentary||3|
|XXXXXX||General Education Option||3|
|For more information, please visit: http://sca.senecac.on.ca.|
|Domestic Admissions Advisor:||Margita Petersons
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22804
|International Admissions Advisor:||Julie Leong
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
|Registration & Records Advisor:|
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33001
|Program Coordinator:||Barbara Caines
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33299
|Program Chair:||Kim O'Hare
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33440
Each week, almost four million television viewers across the GTA welcome Seneca grad Melissa Grelo into their homes.
"As a graduate of Seneca's Broadcast Journalism program, I entered the workforce with great confidence, knowing that I was "current" and "ready" to join the field I was pursuing. Learning from successful industry professionals motivated me to take risks and to work hard in order to obtain a solid career in the media."
Business Analyst, (TV Unit, Telefilm Canada)
"My time at Seneca gave me the tools and experience to not only break into the television world but to succeed in it and build a career. The faculty, equipment and focus of the program are second to none in preparing students for the working world."