Reporters, editors, publishers and owners understand that in order to maintain a reputable voice in today’s changing media landscape, they must remain committed to telling factual narratives that inspire positive social change. Journalists need to honour members of the public by providing them with credible information to better their lives and communities. Now more than ever, we need motivated storytellers interested in the truth to dedicate themselves to the highest standards of this editorial profession.
The Graduate Diploma in Journalism provides an opportunity for you to acquire practical, hands-on experience across multiple platforms, including print, radio, television and online reporting. Offered over an 11-month period that begins in June and finishes the following April, our program is focussed, intense and supplies you with the skills required to practice journalism and cover timely news events as well as current affairs on deadline.
With the support of acclaimed faculty members, recipients of prestigious honours like the Pulitzer Prize and the Radio Television Digital News Association Lifetime Achievement Award, you will be challenged to be a professional journalist on day one and pursue fieldwork as you explore the theoretical and analytical dimensions of journalism. Benefit from Montreal’s strong media environment where you can network with working journalists and report on stories related to politics, culture, science, the arts and much more.
Credits. A fully-qualified candidate is required to complete a minimum of 33 credits.
Courses. All students are required to complete 33 credits in the following sequence:
Summer Term (9 credits) JOUR 501 Research Methods for Journalism
JOUR 502 Introduction to Reporting
JOUR 511 Introduction to Multimedia
Fall Term (12 credits) JOUR 500 Critical Approaches to Journalism
JOUR 504 Intermediate Reporting
JOUR 530 Advanced Radio News
JOUR 536 Advanced Video Journalism
Winter Term (12 credits) JOUR 510 Web Editing and Page Design
JOUR 513 Journalism Ethics and the Law
And two of the following courses: JOUR 505 Advanced Reporting
JOUR 508 Research Project
JOUR 528 The Digital Magazine
JOUR 532 Documentary Video and Radio
JOUR 542 International Journalism JOUR 566 Photojournalism
Admission Requirements. Entry into the program requires a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a field other than journalism from a recognized university with a minimum GPA of 3.00. However, students who have graduated with a Journalism degree in a language other than English may also be considered. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent together with the application which should be about 600 words outlining the student’s background, academic and work experience, and aspirations in journalism. Qualified applicants may be interviewed. Students should be aware that written assignments in workshops are in English.
Although it does not determine acceptance, applicants are advised that a working knowledge of French is important. Normally the program is taken full-time and completed in one year (three terms).
Proficiency in English. Applicants whose primary language is not English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English is sufficient to pursue graduate studies in their chosen field. Please refer to the Graduate Admission page for further information on the Language Proficiency requirements and exemptions.
State-of-the-art facilities provide you a vibrant digital news environment with access to radio newsrooms, a television studio and editing labs.
Students work with the latest digital equipment and software. The Equipment Depot houses professional grade equipment where you can reserve production equipment, such as Canon XA25 TV camera kits, kits for Canon 5D camera kits for photography and GoPro cameras, as well as Jn Roland 09 recorders for audio and written assignments.
The Learning Center also has numerous resources available, including:
a dubbing room for the duplication of multiple media formats
Faculty members are former or currently working journalists. They bring practical experience into the classrooms and are dedicated to producing professional journalists trained to ask important and critical questions about our world.
Opportunities for paid and unpaid internships are usually available on a competitive basis. Our internship coordinator facilitates opportunities for interested students whenever possible and organizes summer and fall internships. Former students have interned at a plethora of sites, including:
Many students have also won the prestigious CBC News Joan Donaldson Scholarship, an intensive four-month paid internship at one or more locations within CBC News and Centres.
Our graduates are nationally recognized journalists striving to fight injustice in world awash with misinformation. They are known for their intelligence and rigour.
Alumni find great success as reporters, press secretaries, editors, general managers, documentary filmmakers, creative directors, producers, broadcasters, communications officers, and digital content directors in news and media outlets around the world.
Recent graduates can be found working at:
Business News Network
CTV National News
Former students also hold prominent positions in government, health care, and research and development.