Become a compelling storyteller with this top journalism program - 2019/2020
In this journalism program, you will learn how to capture live news and sports events, conduct interviews, write and edit news stories and broadcast live on Fanshawe's 106.9 The X - the largest news station in the city of London, run entirely by students.
Learn from the best in this broadcast journalism program
Fanshawe's broadcast journalism program will allow you to hone your skills at Fanshawe's Broadcast Centre—Canada's first-ever CRTC-licensed college radio station and the country's premier broadcasting educational tool. And you'll get hands-on experience as a content producer for www.1069theX.com creating stories and video and connecting through social media professionally @XFMNews. Our journalism faculty know the broadcast radio and journalism industry inside-out and will share their real-world experience, so you'll graduate with the training you need to make an impact in the highly competitive journalism field.
Western University Articulation Agreement
Fanshawe College and Western University have developed an articulation agreement to allow qualified students to obtain both a two-year Journalism – Broadcast diploma and a four-year Bachelor of Arts honours degree with a major in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT). Students who meet the requirements of the agreement can apply to transfer directly into the third year of the MIT program, and complete both credentials in four years. Visit our Pathways Database for more information.
Winner, 2019 President's Distinguished Achievement Program Award
Winner, 2013 RTDNA Bill Hutton Award of Excellence (first and only College to win)
As soon as (the prospective employer) saw I was from Fanshawe's journalism program, they were immediately interested in me. My diploma in journalism from Fanshawe is really the most valuable piece of paper I own!
Admission Requirements - 2019/2020OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream WITH:
- Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U)
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
Completion of a Supplemental Form
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
- A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 550 for the paper-based test (PBT), or 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
- Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
- Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
- A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
- An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
- Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
- Grade 11 The Individual and the Economy (M) OR
Grade 12 Analysing Current Economic Issues (U) OR
any Grade 11 or Grade 12 Politics (U) or (O)
- Grade 11 Visual Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Visual Arts (M) OR Grade 12 Media Arts (M)
- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M)
- Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
Recommended Personal Preparation
- Experience in radio or television newsrooms or student radio station or community cable television
- The applicant should develop voice and poise through public speaking activities, drama workshops, etc., as well as being an aware consumer of news and information programs
- Maturity and a sense of responsibility are a decided asset for a potential Broadcast Journalist
- To function successfully in this program, students must possess above average written and spoken English language skills
- Industry research to develop a clear understanding of industry work ethic, deadlines and competitions
Applicant Selection CriteriaWhere the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
- Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
- Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
- Achievement in the Admission Requirements
- Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Supplemental Form
Journalism - Broadcast-2019/2020
Level 1 WRIT-1037 Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media 3 This course will introduce contemporary media students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking. BRJR-1014 News/Sports/Voice On-Air 3 An introduction to news/sports announcing and lineup skills. Attention will be paid to use of audio, story selection in news and sportscasts as well as play by play sports broadcast. On air performance is stressed using voice development techniques. Professor will identify strengths and weaknesses and assign exercises for correction or improvement. BRJR-1015 Interview/Research/Feature Reporting 3 This course is designed to assist the student in the methods and skills of gathering news for newscasts and production of radio documentaries. The course examines the definition of news with emphasis on research, writing and creative presentation. The craft of interviewing will be studied to provide the students with an ability to ask proper questions according to industry standards. BRJR-1016 Newsroom Operations/Audio Production 3 Students will be instructed in the use of basic news production equipment enabling them to perform day to day duties of a news reporter, newscaster, news producer and news editor. Students will also learn policies and procedures of a working newsroom and be introduced to methods of following current events. BRJR-1032 Broadcast Newswriting 2 An introduction to broadcast news writing with attention paid to storytelling with objectivity, balance, simplicity and brevity. Students write stories based on news value, with attention paid to content, simple language, the 5 W's (Who, What, Where, When and Why) and writing in the active form. ECON-1004 Canadian Economy 3 This course is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the operation of the Canadian economy. Basic economic theories will be studied and then used to examine current economic issues that students will be reporting on. POLI-1015 Canadian Politics 1 3 This course will introduce students to the ideas and concepts that are crucial to understanding politics. Students will learn to employ the correct terminology and identify the key players in their coverage of the Canadian political scene. Level 2 COMM-3075 Communications for Media 3 This course, designed for students who plan to work in the field of media, focuses on professional written and verbal communication skills. Students learn to prepare a variety of work-related documents. In addition, students learn about research methods and documentation formats. The principles of effective writing - organization, grammar, style, clarity, and tone - are reinforced throughout the course. The goal of the course is to prepare students for the communication tasks and considerations they will encounter in the media workplace in order to meet the needs of employers and/or the communities they will serve. BRJR-1036 News/News Beat/Journalism Law 4 This course is designed to provide the Broadcast Journalism student with knowledge of the various newsbeats and the methods employed by a reporter assigned to one of the newsbeats. We will also discuss the specific of beat reporting including how the various news 'beats' differ, the role of the reporter and the assignment editor, municipal government, police, fire and emergency services, covering organized labour, reporting on the courts, covering the senior levels of politics, medical and science reporting, education, business, entertainment. This course has also been designed to give the Broadcast Journalism student an opportunity to continue developing and improving his/her voice for on-air presentation. This course will also stress the on-going development of news/sports/weather announcing skills and techniques. We will discuss new techniques such as writing your own material, criteria for selecting a story line-up, including demographical information, the use of tape, both locally produced and CanadianPress audio. This course also covers aspects of law relating directly to the needs of journalists including an analysis of the Canadian Legal System, laws relating to libel, contempt of court, journalists privilege, freedom of the media, freedom of information and law surrounding the election act. BRJR-1019 Newsroom Operations/Audio Production 3 Students are instructed in the use of advanced level news audio production equipment and techniques to enable them to perform day-to-day duties of a News reporter/Newscaster/Documentary producer. Student will also learn how to keep a daily log of duties for future use. Students will also work as a team member on a half hour news program. Course also includes a current events component as well as a guest speaker series to connect the student with important industry partners. Student will be familiar with the equipment used by the broadcast journalist in the field and in the newsroom through hands on application. BRJR-3016 Interview/Feature Reporting 2 The course provides the Broadcast Journalismstudent with advanced knowledge of journalisticresearch to assist in writing and producingnewscasts, news stories and public affairsprogramming. The craft of interviewing will beemphasized along with production techniques fornews stories and radio documentaries. Studentsare introduced to industry standards in allaspects of news. BRJR-2002 Broadcast Newswriting 2 Advanced introductory storytelling. Writing news stories for the ear and writing news in broadcast style and for web content with attention paid to objectivity, balance and simplicity. Students are required to select and recognize news stories on the basis of news value with attention paid to content. BRJR-1037 Multi-Media Journalism 3 An introduction to the combined use of audio, visual and text content for online storytelling and audience interaction. The student studies cross-platform journalism and learns practical skills used in a converged newsroom. Level 3 BRJR-3006 News/Sports/Weather On-Air 5.4 This course will enable the Broadcast Journalism student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in other Broadcast Journalism courses to a working broadcast newsroom and Broadcast stations as an on-air newscaster/sportscaster or weather presenter, leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-3007 Broadcast News Reporting 5.4 This course will enable the Broadcast Journalism student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in other Broadcast Journalism courses to a working broadcast newsroom as a Broadcast News Reporter, leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-3008 Newsroom Operations 5.4 This course will enable the Broadcast Journalism student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in other Broadcast Journalism courses to a working broadcast newsroom as newscaster, reporter, sportscaster and reporter leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-3022 Multi-Media Journalism 2 5.4 This course teaches students to write/produce stories for the web (including video/photos), as well as radio documentaries and expanded news programs. This course is team taught. Students produce news stories for www1069thex.ca including text, photos and video. Students will be able to tell stories across a number of media platforms. Students are also part of a team producing midday and weekend programming. Students will be selected on a rotating basis to anchor midday current affairs show as part of the noon newscast. BRJR-3010 Broadcast Newswriting 4.4 Students continue learning broadcast newswriting techniques with an emphasis on individual needs. Attention is paid to storytelling with objectivity, balance, simplicity the 5 W's, active language and clarity. Students are required to produce stories for broadcast on 106.9, The 'X' /Stellar Internet Radio/Video and websites. Continued emphasis will be placed on active writing for broadcast, proper grammar, and taking further steps towards an industry standard in newswriting. Level 4 BRJR-3017 News/Sports/Weather On-Air 3.6 This course will enable the Broadcast Journalism student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in other Broadcast Journalism courses to a working broadcast newsroom and Broadcast stations as an on-air newscaster/sportscaster or weather presenter, leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-3018 Broadcast News Reporting 3.6 This course advances the practical reporting experience of a Broadcast Journalism student in a working newsroom to meet deadlines and create content for use on-air and online, leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-3019 Newsroom Operations 4.8 This course will enable the Broadcast Journalism student to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in other Broadcast Journalism courses to a working broadcast newsroom as a newscaster/reporter/sportscaster/reporter leading to job skills judged employable. BRJR-5002 Multi-Media Journalism 3 4.2 This course expands on the knowledge and course expectations to produce stories for online, as well as radio documentaries and expanded news programs. This course is team taught. Students produce news stories for www.1069theX.com including text, photos and video and other appropriate multimedia. Students will be able to tell stories across a number of media platforms. Students are also part of a team producing midday and weekend programming. Students will be selected on a rotating basis to anchor midday current affairs shows as part of the noon newscast. BRJR-5001 Broadcast News Internship 5 A minimum one week, maximum three week internship in a Radio newsroom.Internship arrangements are completed in partnership with the radio station,student and Program Coordinator BRJR-3021 Broadcast Newswriting 2.6 Student continues learning broadcast news writing techniques with emphasis on individual needs. Attention is paid to storytelling with objectivity, the five W's, active language and clarity. Students are required to produce stories for broadcast on 106.9, The 'X' and file them to the 'LOCAL'wire as well as a personal archive for evaluation. The student continues to learn how to write news for websites with emphasis on readability, headlines, leading with the latest, attribution, legally safe and correct facts, spelling, grammar, punctuation. These combined skills lead to achieving an industry standard in news writing
Careers - 2019/2020
Career OpportunitiesThe program will prepare students for a career and employment in private and public broadcasting including radio and television news gathering services as Newscasters, On-Air Reporters, News Editors, News Writers, Sportscasters, Researchers, Current Affairs Producers and News Directors. Graduates also find employment with news gathering businesses.
More Information - 2019/2020A Mandatory Mobile Computing (Laptop) Program
A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma ProgramProgram Code: BRJ1
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
ContactSchool of Contemporary Media: 519-452-4227
Journalism - Broadcast students learn skills to develop a career as a Broadcast Journalist in electronic media, radio, television and webmedia. Develop story telling skills as a reporter using broadcast news gathering equipment, audio and visual, news writing, newscasting, news editing, interviewing, researching, documentary/current affairs production, sportscasting, newsbeats, news management, media law and media ethics.
Students operate four broadcast properties in Fanshawe College's School of Contemporary Media building, which is equipped with the latest in broadcast facilities.
The program offers practical, hands-on training with live on-air performances on the College broadcast properties (e.g., Listen live at CIXX-FM, The X 106.9FM www.1069thex.ca, The Falcon at www.thefalcon.ca, CFRL Radio at www.cfrlradio.ca, and the new Stellar Radio, live video and audio at http://original.livestream.com/stellar_radio
- Students should be prepared to learn during additional hours in the X-FM Newsroom and travel in the community gathering news stories. Fanshawe College has an agreement with Radio Fanshawe Inc. (X-FM) to provide "student staff" and services 24 hours a day from the beginning of September to May, continuously. Students will be assigned to work on the broadcast properties during holidays and weekends on a rotational basis.
- Graduates of this program may apply for admission to the one-year Broadcast Journalism - Television News Ontario College Graduate Certificate program offered by Fanshawe College.
- A laptop computer is to be purchased by the student, approximately $800.00. The cost of the laptop is included in the General Expenses stated in the Fee Schedule.
- A CONNECT lab fee of $175.00 per academic term is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. The CONNECT fee is to help cover the costs associated with the delivery of the CONNECT mobile computing program.
- Students should not purchase a laptop computer or software until the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and versions for that academic year.
- As a member of the CONNECT program, the College will provide to you Newsroom Remote software and various Microsoft software programs.
- Students seeking information and help with software or hardware will find the answers to their questions, and solutions by accessing The IT Service Desk, Room E2030; via e-mail; firstname.lastname@example.org; telephone at 519-452-4430, ext. 4357 (H-E-L-P); or walk-in.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
1. report on stories in an accurate, detailed, balanced, professional, and timely manner.
2. apply computer and technical skills to designated production and research functions in journalism.
3. function both independently and as a member of editorial and/or production teams.
4. analyze knowledge from communities, current events and public affairs, and history to interpret and express the context for designated journalism publications and/or productions.
5. develop strategies for personal and professional development.
6. comply with relevant Canadian legislation, standards, and the principles and practices of journalism.
7. write and edit content for the designated media platforms.
8. publish and/or broadcast content for the designated media platforms.
9. apply production skills and use production equipment in the preparation and distribution of content for the designated media platforms.