Journalism at Langara

Journalism is going through tremendous change, innovation and excitement.

Reporters around the world are breaking important stories every day about the changing nature of work, climate change, political wrongdoing, sexual misconduct, international trade, real-estate ownership, the treatment of immigrants and refugees, and more.

There are tens of thousands of people working in journalism in Canada, some in traditional outlets, some in new operations that are springing up, and some as freelancers who serve both. Journalism graduates are getting jobs and they are loving them, because of the unique opportunity journalism offers to be creative, to write, to meet interesting people, to be independent, to tell truth for social change, and to play a role in the world like no other.

We want to help you make the right choice.

If you want more information, please visit the department website and our Langara Journalism Facebook page, where our students and grads post information about journalism issues, about jobs, and about life. If you’d like a one-on-one visit or phone call, please get in touch with department chair Effie Klein, eklein@langara.bc.ca or program assistant Neil Amsler namsler@langara.ca.

Why study journalism at Langara?

You will have teachers with small classes who are totally focused on you in either the two-year Diploma program or the one-year Certificate program. You’ll be one in a small group of like-minded students who will work in teams, on deadlines, producing real journalism. You’ll go all over the city for your assignments: to the courts, police news conferences, accidents, heated meetings, protests, and more. You’ll end up with friends for life and a network of colleagues across Canada who will help you at every point in your career. 

Some schools focus on broadcast; some on communications theory. Many have online publications. Most now teach how to incorporate video, audio and photos into online publications. We are the only school that combines everything and insists that each part be taught in depth. We have: A newspaper still printed on paper – like thousands of publications across Canada, the U.S. and beyond. An online publication. A magazine-publication course that produces an issue every year on journalism issues. Intensive courses in radio, television, data and mobile journalism – not just quickie three-hour workshops.

We do that while emphasizing all the time journalism's purpose: integrity and quality.  This is a program for independent-minded, adventurous and engaged individuals who want to know how and why to do outstanding journalism and who celebrate it when done bravely, boldly or beautifully.

Langara Journalism graduates are the biggest group of journalism-school grads working in B.C. media today. With almost 50 years of history in training journalists, we have grads in almost every newsroom in B.C., as well as many further afield. As well, people also get jobs as social-media managers, researchers, communications staff, political aides, and much more in organizations ranging from the Vancouver International Airport to the Green Party to tech start-ups.

Some of our grads get journalism jobs right away in the city. Many more start at smaller publications out of Vancouver and then move up over the years. Others find they love life in Kelowna or Fort St. John or Canmore and never leave. Read our testimonials.

You will end up working in the same newsrooms as those who got four-year bachelor’s degrees or two-year master’s degrees, but you’ll spend half the time and way less money.

We are the only program west of Ontario that offers a one-year Certificate for those with a bachelor’s degree or significant post-secondary credits with some life experience. We are the only program in B.C. with a two-year Diploma program. For historical reasons, Langara tuition rates are low compared to other post-secondary institutions in the country.

Having faculty who are staying current with the trends in journalism and communications is key, because things are changing so fast. As well, students benefit from the network of contacts our faculty have with news organizations, communications companies, and others. Check out our faculty on the department website.

The program distributes a little over $50,000 a year to its students just from scholarships, fellowships and bursaries targeted only to journalism. Four students get fellowships of $7,500 apiece to work on a special project when they graduate through the (LINK) Read-Mercer fellowship program. 

Another $30,000 a year is given to students through scholarships and bursaries that are from the college or through scholarships offered by other organizations that have Langara College students earmarked as guaranteed recipients. That’s in addition to financial help and awards available to all Langara students. 

We have diploma graduates who have gone on to study at Simon Fraser University, Concordia University in Montreal, St. Francis Xavier in Nova Scotia, Royal Roads University, the University of B.C., and Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, among others. The diploma earns transfer credits that are just short of one full year at SFU and many other universities, and two years at Kwantlen.

Students who do a diploma and then a degree at SFU will spend five years in school and come out with two credentials and some very practical skills – the same amount of time as students who do a bachelor’s degree elsewhere and then come to Langara for the one-year intensive Certificate program.