Journalism - Broadcast

  • Program Information
  • Learning Outcomes
  • Courses
  • Career Opportunities
  • Admission Requirements

Get direct, hands-on training in current and emerging media platforms.

Effective 2015, Sheridan's Journalism - Print and Journalism - Broadcast programs will merge into a new, comprehensive two-year diploma program known simply as Journalism.

Broadcast journalism is changing so rapidly it’s hard to keep pace. But Sheridan’s Journalism-Broadcast diploma program is already wired for the job market of the 21st century. You’ll get direct, hands-on training in current and emerging media platforms, producing:

  • Live newscasts aired on Sheridan's closed-circuit TV channel and streamed in real time on the Eye on Sheridan website.
  • Podcasts, vodcasts and blogs posted on a website you design.
  • Written web content.
  • Newsmagazine segments and short documentaries.

"The Journalism Broadcast program at Sheridan is the best out there.  I thought I knew what I was capable of before I went back to school, but the knowledge and understanding I gained through the experience and guidance of my teachers made me a fearless, driven, and hardworking member of CTV." --Denise Anderacchi - Class of 2011
Host, CTV

Learn by Doing

In our broadcast journalism courses, students learn by doing. You’ll be shooting news footage within the first few weeks of your first semester, and throughout Year 1 you’ll gain experience in:

  • Reporting and writing
  • Researching and pitching a story
  • Producing
  • Working in a television/webcasting studio
  • Editing
  • Camera and sound

It’s About the Story

Sheridan’s broadcast journalism program focuses on a skill you can translate to any news medium, using any technology: storytelling. You’ll venture off campus to attend press conferences and cover breaking news across the Greater Toronto region; you’ll cover politics, sports, pop culture, human interest and more.

Every broadcast journalism course at Sheridan is taught by a professional broadcast journalist with years of experience. During Year 2 you’ll spend several weeks interning at a professional media outlet. At graduation, you’ll have the training you need to move directly into a broadcast journalism job or launch a freelance career.

Broadcast journalism courses are taught at the Trafalgar Road Campus in Oakville, Ontario.

Check out this YouTube video and see what other students have to say about the Journalism-Broadcast program:

A graduate of the Journalism Broadcast program will have demonstrated the ability to:
  • Complete a variety of journalistic activities through the application of appropriate analytical, writing, editing, creative production and storytelling skills.
  • Report, in a way appropriate to the medium, a wide range of stories,in a manner that is accurate, detailed, balanced, fair, timely, compelling and entertaining.
  • Prepare and deliver broadcast news, current, current affairs and lifestyle content in formats that are well organized, on time and on budget in a variety of platforms.
  • Prepare and deliver an effective story that reflects and understanding of the story process, procedure, and subject matter, from conception to completion, through news gathering, production and presentation.
  • Use broadcast equipment in the preparation of broadcast content.
  • Complete a variety of functions in a broadcast news environment using effective computers skills and a wide range of media technology.
  • Function as part of a team.
  • Apply a broad knowledge of current events, global affairs, history, politics and economics in order to provide appropriate contexts for broadcast journalism
  • Develop a realistic view of the career paths in the journalism field and develop strategies for personal and professional development to manage job stress, enhance work performance, and maximize professional opportunities including self-employment.
  • Adhere to the relevant laws, principles, standards, and practices of journalism in the completion of all work.
  • Make decisions that reflect sound news judgment.

CODE TITLE CREDITS
 

TERM 1

JOUR 15738 Fundamentals of Storytelling 3
COMM 17028 Introduction to Broadcast News Writing 3
JOUR 18081 News Shooting/Editing/Audio 3
JOUR 10001 The Art of Research 3

Essential Communication
3
GNED
General Education Elective
3
 

Total:
18
 

TERM 2

JOUR 10036 Introduction to Reporting 3
JOUR 26048 Media Law, Ethics and Culture 3
JOUR 10261 News Editing/Shooting/Writing 3
JOUR 14049 Program Production for Broadcast News 3
COMM 20918 Convergent Media Writing 3
GNED General Education Elective 3
 

Total:
18
 

TERM 3

Electives: Students select 1
JOUR 25586 On Air Skills 3
JOUR 29599 Broadcast Producing

3

JOUR 28634 Advanced Camera and Editing
Plus

JOUR 27198 Introduction to Long Format Stories 3
JOUR 24579 Daily News Lab Show Prep 3
JOUR 27545 Broadcast Magazine Show Preparation 3
JOUR 20082 Online News Lab Production 3
GNED General Education Elective 3
 

Total:
18
 

TERM 4

Electives: Students select 1
JOUR 29207 Current Affairs Documentary 3
JOUR28823
Sports Broadcasting
3
JOUR 24717 Radio Broadcasting
Plus

JOUR 20000 Broadcast Beats 3
JOUR 20172 Daily News Lab Production 6
JOUR 23314 Broadcast Magazine Production 6
FLPL 20004 Field Placement 2
 

Total:

Note: Courses subject to change.


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"Sheridan's Journalism – Broadcast program changed my life. I went from working a dead-end retail job and not even knowing how to turn a camera on, to working as a member of the CityNews camera team in just over two years. With the tireless help of all the industry-trained instructors, and the volunteer opportunities they made available to me, I have found my calling and couldn't be happier – great teachers, awesome school, top-notch program."
--James Morrison-Collalto, Journalism – Broadcast 2008
ENG Camera
CityNews

Read more testimonials from Journalism Broadcast grads.

Because of the Internet’s impact on news media, the range of career possibilities in broadcast journalism is wide open. There’s heavy demand for broadcast journalists who can create content for news and information websites, and employment prospects remain strong in the traditional areas of television and radio.

Sheridan’s broadcast journalism program prepares you for a career as a freelance journalist or for full-time work as a:

  • News writer
  • News production assistant
  • News reporter
  • News anchor
  • News producer
  • Online writer
  • Web producer
  • Web journalist
  • News editor
  • ENG camera
  • Researcher/Chase producer
  • Media librarian/archivist

Program Eligibility

Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:

  • One English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U)

plus one of:

  • Media Arts, Grade 11 or 12 (O) or
  • Communications Technology, Grade 11 or 12 (M) or
  • Communications in the World of Business and Technology, Grade 12 (O) or
  • Canadian and World Studies, Grade 11 or 12 (C, M or U) or
  • Social Science and Humanities, Grade 11 or 12 (C,M or U)

or

Mature student status. (See "Admissions" section for details.)

Applicant Selection

Eligible applicants will be selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and a questionnaire. An assessment fee will be applied for the review of this material.

Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

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