Langara's journalism department has earned a reputation as one of the top schools in Canada for intensive, hands-on training that leads to rewarding careers in reporting, editing, producing and related fields. Students learn the core skills of journalism – how to dig for information, how to conduct a revealing interview, how to write a compelling news story. They also learn a wide array of contemporary skills that allow them to be successful in the rapidly changing multimedia journalism world, from using Twitter to engage with audiences to editing a television news story.
The Langara program is renowned for the high proportion of its graduates who work in professional news media. Our graduates get jobs at daily and community newspapers, radio and TV stations, online publications, and magazines, as well as in communications departments and public-relations firms. In the last two years, our students have found work even before graduating at the CBC in Vancouver, Global News and CKNW as well as Black Press newspapers. Projects some students began working on while at school were published in the Globe and Mail, the Tyee, the Province Newspaper and on CBC.
Langara offers two intensive, short-term programs that allow students to move into the world of journalism much more quickly and with less expense than those in bachelor’s or master’s programs:
- A two-year Diploma program that combines academic courses with journalism skills for students who do not have a university degree. This program is the only two-year option west of Manitoba.
- An eight-month, post-graduate Certificate program for those with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. This is one of only four one-year programs for post-graduates in Canada and the only one west of Ontario.
In both programs, students take classes in all facets of news reporting and editing. A key component of the Langara program is the weekly newspaper that students produce, The Voice. There, students experience the life of a reporter for one term by researching, conducting interviews, writing stories, and shooting photos. And, as is happening in all newsrooms these days, those reporters repurpose existing stories to put up online, as well as filing additional original stories, accompanied by videos, audiofiles, slideshows, and more for The Voice Online.
In the next term, they become editors. They assign stories, coach reporters in rewriting stories, lay out news pages, edit photos, write blogs and promote the team’s work through social media. In the Diploma program, students also produce the Langara Journalism Review, an annual magazine covering media issues and personalities in Western Canada. All courses are taught by professional journalists with impressive credentials in print, broadcast and online media. Meet the faculty.
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The spirit of thoughtful, inquiring, progressive journalism lives on.
The Jeani Read-Michael Mercer Fellowship for Journalism Students was established to encourage students to continue their pursuit of journalistic excellence. Check out this video and learn more.