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
BRJ5
Credential:
Ontario College Diploma
Duration
60 weeks
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London
Open
2023 September
London
Closed
Start Dates
Locations
Availability

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
London
Open
2023 September
London
Closed

Your Learning Experience

Students in this broadcast journalism program get hands-on experience as a storyteller and newscaster on the country’s first-ever CRTC-licenced college radio station. You will learn and develop the skills to gather and cover stories in the community, create multimedia articles on 1069TheX.com and share news on social media, including @XFMNews.

 

Curriculum for this journalism program 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 broadcast journalism program work across the country and around the world in radio, television and digital news. The skills you will gain also cross over into 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:

Reporter/Editor
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

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Specially-trained Fanshawe staff and students will tour you around the campus viewing key student spaces to provide you with a better understanding of the full student experience.

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Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following course

- Grade 12 English (C or U)

- In addition to meeting the academic course requirements, applicants must submit a supplemental form. Applicants will be sent an email with instructions for completion.

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants missing the required courses may want to consider our one-year Pre-Media Preparatory Program. Upon graduation, applicants meet all the admission requirements and have had some exposure to most programs in the School of Contemporary Media.
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
TOEFL iBT 79
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95

 

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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

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-1046News/Sports/Voice3
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-1047Interview/Research/Storytelling3
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-1048Newsroom Lab/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-1049Newswriting2
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.
BRJR-1045Inclusive Journalism3
The course focuses on the role of journalists to cover racialized and marginalized communities in our diverse society. Students will be educated on the history and rights of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Unconscious bias is discussed, and how to have inclusive, diverse and equitable representation and perspectives in a range of stories.
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

London

Canadian Costs
$13,609.52
Total Cost of Program
International Costs
$35,186.20
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.

 

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