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Journalism - Broadcast

Become a compelling storyteller and journalist with Fanshawe’s Journalism - Broadcast program, where you will learn 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 London, run entirely by students. If you are interested in a career in private and public broadcasting, this two year diploma program is for you!

Make an impact in the field of journalism - 2022/2023

Our industry-trained and experienced journalism faculty know the broadcast radio and journalism industry inside and out, and share their industry connections through guest lectures and mentorships. 

You’ll 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. You’ll also get hands-on experience as a content producer for 106.9K The X, creating stories and videos and connecting professionally through social media @XFMNews. View all Fanshawe radio stations

Graduate ready for a career 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.

For students interested in studying further, Western University and Fanshawe College have developed an articulation agreement, which gives you the opportunity to obtain an honours degree in Bachelor of Arts with a major in Media, Information and Technoculture (MIT), as well as a diploma in Journalism - Broadcast. Students may start at Fanshawe, transferring into the third year of the MIT program, and complete both credentials in only four years.

Program Overview

Journalism - Broadcast students learn skills to develop a career as a Broadcast Journalist in electronic media, radio, television and webmedia.  Develop storytelling skills as a reporter using broadcast news gathering equipment, audio and visual, news writing, newscasting, news editing, interviewing, researching, documentary/current affairs production, sportscasting, news beats, news management, media law and media ethics. 

Students should be prepared to learn during additional hours in the X-FM Newsroom and travel in the community gathering news stories. As well, students will be assigned to work on the Radio Fanshawe Inc. broadcast properties during holidays and weekends on a rotational basis.

Note that we recommend students purchase a laptop computer for the program, once the College publishes the recommended configuration, models, software titles and version for the academic year. Additionally, a CONNECT lab fee is included in the Additional Program Fees stated in the Fee Schedule. This fee helps to cover the costs associated with the CONNECT mobile computing program, in which members are given access to Newsroom Remote software and various Microsoft programs. If you have any questions concerning software or hardware, contact the IT Service Desk.

 

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? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Journalism - Broadcast program:

Reporter/Editor
Work in a local newsroom covering politics and crime. A good sense of newsworthiness is essential.

Traffic Coordinator
Responsible for creating and maintaining program templates within a system including available space for commercials, promotions, billboards and events.

Editorial Coordinator
Responsible for writing compelling marketing copy and working with an editorial team to creatively construct a social media presence.

 

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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!

Jessica Gray
Graduate 2008
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.

 

Program Availability

Canadian Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

International Students

Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London
Open

Program Details

Program Code
BRJ1

Journalism Program Coordinator:

Jim Van Horne

Delivery
Day Time
Full-Time
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks

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)
OR
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
OR
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
OR
Mature Applicant with standing in the required course stated above
AND
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
  • 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

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

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

Tuition Summary

London

Canadian Costs
$12,540.52
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$34,199.60
Total Cost of Program

*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.

 

Courses

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
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-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 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-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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