Practical Training Offered by Centennial College’s Journalism Program
Those who attend Journalism programs or Journalism schools enter a field that is concerned with the
investigation and reporting of events, issues and trends. Though there are many variations to journalism,
the ideal is to inform the intended audience about topics ranging from government and business
organizations to cultural aspects of society such as arts and entertainment.
Mature students who have already completed a college or university program and have an interest in
attending one of Canada’s journalism programs or journalism schools should consider Centennial College’s
fast-track Journalism program. That’s because this undertaking not only offers an ideal balance between
practical and theoretical knowledge but also allows university and college graduates to enter in the third
semester of the six-semester Journalism program.
As such, they are thrust right into learning to write and tell stories in an energetic, dynamic and hands-on
environment, led by a faculty of seasoned professionals and educators. This is achieved through a variety
First and foremost, students of this Journalism program partake in courses such as: News Reporting (core
reporting course in the fast-track journalism program that is designed to help the student develop a basic
proficiency level in journalistic reporting and writing techniques); Beat Reporting (working in teams under
faculty supervision, students select a topic for their beat, conduct preliminary research to prepare a
proposal, present the proposal orally and in writing, research and write a series of five stories each on
their beat, and produce all content for a final project — a publication in tabloid newspaper or magazine
format); Magazine/ Freelance Journalism (emphasis is placed on finding market niches, winning
assignments and carrying them out professionally). In addition to such dynamic and practical courses,
students have access to extensive publishing, broadcast and interactive facilities at The Centre for
Creative Communications campus. This allows them to practice in their own time.
This is all great preparation for the Journalism program students’ participation in the production of a
community paper called The East Toronto Observer and its online edition, The Toronto Observer. The
program also preps Journalism program students for a field placement. In their final semester, students
spend 15 weeks in a full-time placement, working alongside professional staff in a commercial media
outlet or communications agency. To qualify for placement, students must pass every course required in
previous semesters. In arranging placement matches, faculty will take into account the student’s aptitudes
and career goals.
Applicants to one of Centennial College’s most respected Journalism programs are required to have a
college diploma or university degree in any discipline. Applicants with partial post-secondary education
(minimum two years) and relevant work experience will also be considered. In addition, students are
required to submit a portfolio of journalism-related work along with a resume and references (this should
include six to 10 samples); or attend a program admission session where they will: complete a two-part
writing test; submit a portfolio of six to eight pieces that may include academic essay extracts or creative
writing; and submit an up-to-date resumé.