May 30, 2023
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Contemporary journalism is an exciting field that offers many opportunities for those seeking to build a career. This program’s primary focus is news writing and photojournalism, and includes other specialties such as advertising and public relations, publication design, and online journalism. At the mid-point of the program, learners will branch into either the print and online, or, photojournalism major.
Photojournalism: Students study advanced lighting, feature, sports, advertising, lifestyle, portraiture, studio, location, and staff photography techniques. Students will also explore portfolio strategies as they apply to digital photography systems and applications required by print media publications. This major also includes a work experience internship that is secured by the student and approved by the program.
Print & Online Journalism: Students study professional techniques for writing, editing, designing, and laying out newspapers and magazines using desktop publishing techniques. Students will also practice special photo techniques. This major includes practicum experience that is typically completed with a newspaper or magazine publishing organization.
Print & Online Journalism graduates may find employment as reporters or technical writers with newspapers and magazines, public affairs, advertising agencies, and other information and entertainment media.
Photojournalism graduates may find employment with newspapers and magazines, wire services agencies, public relations and advertising agencies, and other information and entertainment media, as independent photojournalists, photographers, photographic editors, or page designers.
Students who experience success in this program and profession:
- Have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
- Make their education a priority by demonstrating excellent working habits and focus
- Possess a genuine interest towards exploring and documenting our world through various mediums
Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will be awarded a SAIT Journalism diploma, with their selected major designation.
There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.
The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.
- At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
- All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.
Co-op Work Term (Optional)
- Contribute individual skills within a team environment to produce a collaborative project.
- Use common sense safety practices in a journalistic environment.
- Demonstrate respect for diverse cultures and political views in the journalism environment.
- Create video and print content to meet the journalistic requirements in publication (print and online).
- Use the news gathering process to assess, validate, and create content.
- Employ hands-on technical skills to produce quality communications-media content.
- Use sales and marketing strategies to produce advertising revenue.
- Apply business skills within a freelance and entrepreneurial environment.
- Demonstrate media-specific employability skills and work behaviours to meet industry expectations.
- Practice ethical behaviours and comply with legal standards in print and online journalism.
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