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Curriculum

The curriculum includes rigorous and intensive studio-based courses in journalistic practice; advanced academic courses and seminars relating to journalism, including research methods; a professional internship; and the completion of a Major Project. Students will have the advantage of studying in Toronto, which is the centre of journalistic activity in Canada. Faculty members have extensive, high-level journalistic experience and a wide network of contacts among working journalists at all levels, which will substantially enrich graduates' educational experience and employment prospects. 

Year One

Fall Term

JN8101: Covering the City

JN8103: Reporting and Data Methods

JN8104: Urban Politics and Society 

JN8107: Law and Ethics

Winter Term

JN8201: Producing the News 

JN8203: Narrative Journalism

JN8202: Digital Journalism

JN8108: Journalism Innovation

Spring/Summer Term

JN8102: Internship

JN8501: MRP I: Story Development

 

 

Year Two

Fall Term

News Stream: On The Record (12 weeks)

JN8301 : Journalism Masthead - News

JN8502 : MRP II Storytelling Seminar (6weeks)

JN8111 : Essential Editing (6 Weeks)

plus a total of 3 electives (Specialization courses) either in Fall or Winter.

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Narrative Stream: Review of Journalism (full year)

JN8303 : Journalism Masthead - Narrative

JN8502 : MRP II Storytelling Seminar (6weeks)

JN8111 : Essential Editing (6 Weeks)

plus a minimum of 1 elective (Specialization courses) either in Fall or Winter.

Winter Term

News Stream: On The Record (12 weeks)

JN8503 : MRP III Branding Seminar

plus a total of 3 electives (Specialization courses) either in Fall or Winter.

Major Research Paper (MRP) 

-- OR --

Narrative Stream: Review of Journalism (full year)

JN8408 : Journalism Masthead - Narrative II

JN8503 : MRP III Branding Seminar

plus a minimum of 1 elective (Specialization courses) either in Fall or Winter.

Major Research Paper (MRP) 

 

Course Descriptions

 

JN8301 Journalism Masthead- News
This is the central professional course in the program's second year. In it, students will use everything they have learned so far to produce On The Record, a digital, broadcast and newspaper platform that covers the campus and the city. The focus will be on producing highly polished work and on meeting high standards of newsworthiness and thoroughness. Through detailed group and individual critiques, students will reach professional standards of achievement. Antirequisite: JRN903. 2 Credits

JN8303 Journalism Masthead- Narrative
This is the central professional course in the program's second year. In it, students will use everything they have learned so far, both practical and academic, to produce an issue of the Review of Journalism, an award- winning magazine with extensive digital outputs. The focus will be on producing highly polished work across multiple platforms. Through group and individual critiques, students will reach professional standards of achievement.
Antirequisite: JRN95 2 Credits

JN8310 Journalism Masthead
This lab course acquaints students with the challenges of producing daily news and current affairs across multiple media platforms. Students will refine and build on skills in writing, reporting, interviewing, newsroom leadership, journalistic initiative, newsgathering, and the technical skills that accompany information dissemination. Through daily production, students will meet the demands of maintaining an online news site, as well as producing a regular television newscast and a weekly community newspaper. Antirequisites JRN910, JN8301, JN8302, JN8304. 2 Credits

JN8401 Television Documentary
This is a laboratory course in documentary production. The emphasis is on effective storytelling through the medium of the television documentary. Particular emphasis will be placed on the relationship between the audiovisual and written elements of a documentary. Students will form production teams that will plan, write, shoot, and edit documentaries. A significant amount of work will be done outside of class time. Antirequisite: JRN800. 2 Credits

JN8402 Adv Rsrch Mthds: Invst Techniq
In this course, students will learn the theory and various techniques of investigative journalism. The emphasis will be on how investigative journalism serves the profession's civic mandate; how to identify appropriate subjects for investigative approaches; how to gather and analyze relevant data systematically and rigorously; and how to circumvent common obstacles. Antirequisite: JRN315. 1 Credit

JN8403 Business Journalism
This course will prepare students to work as business journalists. Topics covered will include basic economic and financial concepts, Canadian business structure and organization, specific techniques for locating and interpreting financial information and different approaches to business coverage. Toronto is Canada's financial capital, and students will have opportunities to discuss the field with guest speakers from the financial press and the business community. Antirequisite: JRN502, NNS502. 1 Credit

JN8404 International Journalism
This course will give students an in-depth background in international journalism. It will have a combined practical and academic focus. Topics covered will include the international political and economic system, globalization, and the role of news media in international affairs. Case studies will allow students to develop their knowledge of particular areas of the world or specific international issues. The practical and cultural challenges of working internationally in journalism will be emphasized. Antirequisite: JRN 506. 1 Credit

JN8405 Health and Science Journalism
This course will give students an in-depth background in journalism dealing with health and science, focusing on the challenges and possibilities of presenting scientific and medical information to a popular audience in a responsible and insightful way. Students will be taught how to assess and interpret statistics and how to locate expert opinion on different subjects. Critical approaches to health and science will also be covered. Antirequisite: JRN505. 1 Credit

JN8406 Visions of Literary Journalism
Students analyze and critique various historical as well as current conceptions of what literary journalism was, is and should be, in both the United States and Canada. They will be encouraged to think philosophically about the value of taking risks in literary journalism, the need to search for meaning when constructing long-form narratives, the desire to layer nonfiction stories with metaphor, and debate the value of the daily news hook versus what constitutes everyday experience. Antirequisites: JRN508, ENG520. 1 Credit

JN8407 Radio Documentary
This is an advanced laboratory course in the craft of planning and preparing radio documentaries. Attention is given in the classroom to the technical, editorial, ethical, and artistic issues that are involved in documentary production. Students then go into the field and assemble a variety of radio documentaries that will vary in length, form and technique. Antirequisite: JRN801. 2 Credits

JN8408 Journalism Masthead – Narrative II
This is an advanced laboratory course in which students act as editors and produce an edition of The Review of Journalism. All aspects of digital and magazine editing and production are covered, including determining the appropriate editorial mix, substantive editing and line editing, fact-checking, proofreading and proof correction, use of display type, art direction and design and all stages of production. Prerequisite JN8303. Antirequisite JRN090. 2 Credits

JN8409 Journ & the Political Arena
How governments work at the local, provincial and national levels, and how journalists can cover them effectively. The watchdog role of the media, the mechanics of government and the relationship between journalists and politicians are explored. While sharing a common lecture, students will be enrolled in labs with a view to the amount of journalism experience they bring, and assignments will be tailored to these differing levels of experience.
Antirequisite: JRN509. 1 Credit.

JN8410 Justice and the Courts
This courses covers the context, professional values and disciplines of court and legal reporting at all levels. Classes may include readings, guest speakers and field practice with the potential for cross-media assignments. Antirequisite: JRN507, NNS507. 1 Credit.

JN8411 Photojournalism
This course is an introduction to photojournalism with an emphasis on the importance of photographs in the media, print and online. Practice in the production of photographs desired by publications, to include composition, depth of field, and cropping. Antirequisite: JRN201, JRN215. 1 Credit

JN8412 Podcasting
This course introduces the fundamental skills of production and reporting for podcasts. Students will learn how to record and edit audio, to write for broadcast and to produce and perform short news stories. Antirequisite: JRN318. 1 Credit

JN8413 Critical and Opinion Writing
For students who aspire to write opinion pieces, this course will offer instruction in a variety of forms and types of critical journalism, including editorial and column writing, drawing on examples across forms of media. As in all ‘beat’ or specialty courses, classes may include readings, guest speakers and field practice with the potential for cross- media assignments. Antirequisite: JRN503. 1 Credit

JN8414 Journalism and the Arts
This course immerses students in issues associated with writing about the arts in this country and beyond. It provides an overview of the arts journalism landscape in Canada and invites students to connect arts coverage to a diverse range of questions, including Canadian cultural identity, digital transformations, celebrity and pop culture. A focus of this course will be reviewing--a unique feature of the arts beat. Antirequisite: JRN500. 1 Credit

JN8415 Data Journalism
Students benefit from visual news research in order to tell stories using static and animated graphics for print, broadcast and online media. As well as learning the technical and compositional skills necessary, students will be introduced to ways in which people synthesize visual information. Antirequisite: JRN204 1 Credit

JN8416 Reporting Religion
This course will introduce students to the practical and social aspects of religious representation. Among the practical topics to be discussed: how to spot a religion story, how to cover familiar and new religions, dealing with the 'hot button' issues and how to find religious experts. Issues to be explored include media use by religious groups, the role of the media in globalized religion and the importance of representation to the negotiation of religious and civil spheres. 1 Credit

JN8420 Special Topics: Journalism
A seminar course for special initiatives in the department. Topics will vary from year to year. 1 Credit