Program Overview

Telling compelling stories and providing context to relevant issues is what a career in television news is all about. With Fanshawe's Broadcast Journalism – Television News program, you'll learn to find the heart of every story, and gain the technical knowledge to share it with your audience. Graduate from this 8-month graduate certificate program with the skills you need for a career as a journalist, videographer, producer, editor or writer.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Day Time
30 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September

Your Learning Experience

The television news business is constantly changing, requiring a diverse skill set. Our industry-trained and experienced faculty will teach you how to write effective news stories and shine in front of a camera, as well as how to operate cameras, edit footage, write captivating news copy and conduct compelling interviews. You’ll also gain comprehensive knowledge of television production, directing and research, graduating as a versatile videographer, capable of adapting to any situation and work environment.


Students have extensive access to Canada’s premiere broadcasting centre, an industry-leading live news studio and green screen facility. An ongoing newsroom placement as well as a two-month internship will give you the opportunity to make important industry connections. 


The program includes the use of broadcast news gathering equipment, audio and visual, news writing, newscasting, news editing, interviewing, researching, video editing, newscasting, production and practical Broadcast Journalism experience. The program includes an ongoing internship and a two-month internship program in March and April to be completed in newsrooms across Canada.


For students interested in studying further, Brock University and Fanshawe College have developed an articulation agreement, which gives you the opportunity to obtain a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, as well as a graduate certificate in Broadcast Journalism - Television News. Students may start at either institution and receive credit transfer, graduating with both a degree and graduate certificate in only four years.


Career Information

Broadcast Journalism – Television News 

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Broadcast Journalism - Television News program will Join the rapidly changing and ever-evolving world of broadcast journalism in roles as television journalists, videographers, producers, editors and writers.  

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 Broadcast Journalism – Television News program:

Write various news items and feature stories for print and online publications.

Dynamic Broadcast Host
Host a 15-minute, live-to-air broadcast facilitating an expert panel discussing technology problems and solutions.

Traffic Coordinator

Responsible for creating and maintaining program templates within a system including open availabilities for commercials, billboards, events and other promotions.


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Research, write and read prepared news stories ethically and independently, for delivery on multiple platforms.
  2. Write news scripts for broadcast by interpreting the credibility of facts and sources while assessing causes, consequences, and likely implications of the news to the audience.
  3. Perform all functions required of a team for the studio production of a news presentation.  
  4. Broadcast breaking news that originates outside the studio.
  5. Observe, evaluate, and broadcast weather and its local impact.
  6. Review and edit stories prepared by others for station presentation.
  7. Shoot and edit video news stories using industry standard hardware and software.
  8. Perform all journalistic duties in accordance with ethical requirements of the Radio Television Digital News Association Code of Ethics, Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, and federal copyright restrictions.  
  9. Evaluate news items of local, national, and international significance.
  10. Build contacts and relationships in local news communities (news ‘beats’) and with other journalism professionals.
  11. Create a portfolio of work that demonstrates a wide variety of skills.


Program coordinator:

Lisa Green

Admission Requirements

A College Diploma in:
    - Journalism - Broadcast OR
    - Broadcasting - Television
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
Professional background and experience judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

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 88 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 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 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 70 with no score less than 60 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 59, 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 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% 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 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
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. Preference will be given to graduates of the Fanshawe College Journalism - Broadcast program


  • Students applying for the Broadcast Journalism - Television News program with a two-year Journalism - Broadcast Ontario College Diploma should have obtained a 'B' average in all the BRJR courses in the second year of the program at Fanshawe College, or a 'B' average in the Journalism courses in second year from another institution or a 'B' average in the second year of the Broadcasting - Television program from Fanshawe College or another institution.  Applicants with less than a 'B' average will be considered only on the recommendation of the Academic Manager.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
NEWS-6010TV News Presentation 14.5
An application of newscast and reporting, on camera presentation skills, live and taped broadcasts, voice overs etc, interviews in studio and the field.
NEWS-6011TV News Reporting 14
The effective and ethical use of pictures and sound to tell stories for television newscast. Students will produce television news stories for Rogers Television as well as Fanshawe Television newscast using electronic news gathering and editing equipment.
NEWS-6012TV News Production 16.5
The emphasis of this course is to advance the student through intensive practical experience in television news and current affairs production. This course will concentrate on the industry practices required to produce News and Current Affairs programming out of Fanshawe's Television Broadcast Centre, and Rogers Television in London. Incorporating field reports, stories and interviews, the students will concentrate not only on the editorial requirements, but on the production elements required as well as.
NEWS-6021TV News Editing2.5
This course will introduce Television News students to basic post production, emphasizing Non-Linear Editing on industry standard program (Final Cut Pro). Focus will be on news editing styles and techniques. The primary component is to acquaint the student with industry editing concepts, procedures and styles. A secondary component includes exposure to basic graphics creation techniques for TV. Through practical based sessions, students will learn broadcast standards for post-production editing. Media and file management will also be covered.
NEWS-6018TV News Field Placement 12.4
This course is designed to have the student actively become involved in a field placement within a television newsroom. Depending on the location and the students' skill set, the student will participate in newsgathering, writing, reporting and television news productions for broadcast. The student must function effectively as part of the team when interacting with staff, crew, talent and other volunteers. They are also encouraged to use the experience to develop and enhance their personal professional development.
NEWS-6022TV News Videography3
This course will introduce Television News students to visual news gathering techniques. Shooting techniques used in contemporary visual storytelling will be taught. Student will learn the basics of composition, lighting, framing, all technical operations of industry standard equipment, ethical treatment of visuals in news gathering and storytelling.
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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.