Program Overview

Fanshawe’s award-winning Journalism-Broadcast program prepares you to be a multimedia journalist on all news platforms. What’s learned in the classroom is put into practice in the XFM Newsroom. You will be reporting on live events, producing broadcast and digital news stories, podcasting, and newscasting live on Fanshawe’s 106.9 The X. If you’re interested in making a difference as a journalist, this two-year diploma program is for you!

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Diploma
Day Time
60 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September

Your Learning Experience

Journalism – Broadcast students get hands-on experience as a storyteller and newscaster on the country’s first-ever CRTC-licenced college radio station. You learn and develop the skills to cover and gather stories in the community, create multimedia articles on and share news on social media, including @XFMNews.


Curriculum includes how to pitch a story, interviewing and reporting, audio production and video skills, digital and social media, Almost 107 podcasting, research, journalism law and ethics, writing for on-air and online, newscasting and sportscasting, and voice development. The faculty have extensive journalism experience, and the broadcast industry connections to help you get started in a meaningful news career.


You’ll apply your skills through an internship within the final term to gain additional media experience, make professional contacts, and have the chance to get hired on full-time. Graduates of this program work across the country and around the world in radio, television and digital news. Skills gained in this program also cross over for communications work and entrepreneurial opportunities.


Fanshawe College is the first, and only, educational institution to receive the RTDNA Bill Hutton Award of Excellence for the betterment of broadcast journalism in Canada. Our journalism students have won over 75 RTDNF scholarships and have gone on to achieve success in the industry.


For students interested in further studies, Western University and Fanshawe College have an articulation agreement. You can obtain a Bachelor of Arts - Honours degree with a major in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT) after completing your Journalism-Broadcast diploma at Fanshawe. Both credentials are completed in just four years. There are many learning pathways Fanshawe provides to achieve your BA, even abroad.


Career Information

Fanshawe’s Journalism - Broadcast program prepares students for an exciting and ever-changing career working for radio or television news gathering services in roles such as:

  • newscasters 
  • on-air reporters
  • news editors
  • news writers
  • sportscasters
  • researchers
  • current affairs producers
  • news directors

Graduates also find employment with news gathering businesses.

Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

As a graduate of Fanshawe’s Journalism – Broadcast program, you will be prepared for career opportunities such as:

Work in local, national or international newsrooms covering everything from politics and crime to sports and entertainment. Live and produced broadcast news coverage with stories shared on multiple platforms.

News Anchor/Writer
Anchor newscasts in an informative and entertaining way for radio, TV and digital platforms. Editorial judgement in writing, story choices, and line-up with attention to legal and ethics for credibility.

Digital Content Producer
Prepare news articles and deliver breaking news quickly to digital and social news platforms. Create and leverage multimedia including video, audio, photos, and social media.


Alessio Donnini

Every single thing I learned from Fanshawe's Broadcast Journalism program has been used in practice. I was exposed to so many unique and exciting learning experiences while working as a journalist for XFM News. From reporting in the field, broadcasting live, and producing content, I got all the real-world experience I needed to make me a competent and confident journalist.

Alessio Donnini
CBC Reporter/Editor
Learning Outcomes

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.


Journalism Program Coordinator:

Gina Lorentz

Admission Requirements

OSSD 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

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 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
  • 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

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • 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

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 Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. 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)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on a Supplemental Form


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
WRIT-1037Reason & Writing 1-Contemporary Media3
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-1014News/Sports/Voice On-Air3
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-1015Interview/Research/Feature Reporting3
Learn and apply critical thinking and interview skills to become a credible and creative storyteller with editorial judgment. Pitch, gather, produce news stories and longer form audio interviews and produced features.
BRJR-1016Newsroom Operations/Audio Production3
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-1032Broadcast Newswriting2
An introduction to broadcast news writing with attention paid to storytelling that's clear, concise, accurate and legally fair. Students write stories and newscasts with emphasis on focused story set-up, and a conversational style of writing with depth of content.
ECON-1004Canadian Economy3
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-1015Canadian Politics 13
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.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.