Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

The journalism program prepares students for careers in the fields of journalism and communications.

Diploma Program

The two-year diploma program is intended for those with or without previous post-secondary experience, in which students will take a combination of journalism, communications, and liberal arts courses. There will be a mandatory foundation of introductory journalism and communications courses. Students will also have the choice to concentrate on advanced journalism, advanced communications, as well as non-journalism subjects. An internship in the final term is a required component of the program.

Certificate Program

The eight-month certificate program is designed for those with post-secondary education to take specialized journalism and communications training at an accelerated pace. This intensive, skills-oriented experience is designed to build on a student’s academic background, providing the student with the tools to work as a well-informed journalist or professional communicator. The first semester focuses on introductory and basic skills courses; the second semester on advanced practices.

Diploma students must obtain credit in all of the Journalism and academic courses below. It is permissible to take the academic courses before enrolling in the Journalism program.

CURRICULUM

Total Concentration Credits: 60

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
ENGL 1123 Introduction to Academic Writing
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students read and analyze a variety of texts in order to develop techniques of research, critical thinking, close reading, and clear writing in an academic context. Course readings, which include a selection of scholarly articles, are drawn from at least three academic disciplines. By exploring and responding to a range of topics, students develop a foundation for post-secondary writing.Students will only receive credit for one of ENGL 1123 or 1127.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with a strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121); a minimum 50% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; or an "S" grade in ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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JOUR 1100 Introduction to the News Media
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

The news media plays an important role in modern society influencing people's lives, opinions, and decisions. Students examine the function, values, and principles of journalism including accuracy, impartiality, and ethics as well as the current challenges facing the media industry. They explore the ways in which news media seeks to enable citizens to make informed decisions in a democratic society and analyze how well it is currently fulfilling that role. This course provides an excellent foundation for students interested in studying journalism, communications, mass media, or pursuing careers in business, law, public service, entertainment, or other professions in the public eye.Note: This course is open to all students.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 3; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension; a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; IELTS 6.5 (no band lower than 6.0); or TOEFL - internet-based (IBT) score of 88 with a minimum 20 in Listening, 20 in Speaking, 20 in Reading, and 20 in Writing; or CAEL 70 (no band lower than 60).

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JOUR 1122 Introduction to Media Research Techniques
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Knowing how to find and evaluate information in today's world is an essential skill. In this course, students develop research skills used in the media: how to find people and how to find accurate information on individuals, governments, businesses, and charities. They learn investigative interviewing skills and how to spot false information. Students identify and begin preliminary research on investigative projects using tools such as search engines, public documents, social media, freedom of information requests, and database analysis.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1120 or 1122.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1128 Fundamentals of Reporting
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 1.0

Today's journalists and communications professionals need to know everything from the start to the end of the news cycle; which stories are worth pursuing, how to chase and verify the story, which tools to use to tell the story, what platform to put it on, and how to use social media to provide useful information. In this hands-on course, students learn the basic principles and practices of identifying and pitching news stories, researching, interviewing news sources, using social media to find and promote news and commentary, and reporting a variety of general-assignment news stories.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1142 Basics of Copy Editing
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Readers judge writing as much by its attention to details as by its grand phrases or sweeping narratives. Students learn how to ensure that their writing adheres to accepted Canadian style conventions used in journalism and communications. They analyze and edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation to enhance writing and bolster credibility.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1140 or 1142.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1290 Introduction to Digital Media Storytelling
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021The future of storytelling is in the digital space. In this course, students examine new trends in online communications and mobile journalism, while becoming fluent in a variety of digital media formats. They explore writing for the web, using social media for journalism and public relations, blogging, and online production techniques. Students learn how to use a mobile device to record video and audio and capture photos in the field, then package and repurpose that content for online use.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
JOUR 1168 Photojournalism
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Images are a key element of effective storytelling. Students examine the theory and methods required to become an effective visual storyteller. They develop skills to capture professional photographic news, sports, features, and portraits along with photo essays to tell an impactful and meaningful story. Students acquire visual storytelling skills for both traditional print and online media.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1179 Multimedia News Reporting
4.5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 11.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1178A successful career in media requires the ability to write and share various types of content through multiple platforms on tight deadlines. In this intensive hands-on course, student reporters apply the storytelling skills they have acquired in a simulated newsroom environment to write features, breaking news stories, opinion pieces, and sports and business reports for Langara's student publication, The Voice. They create written, photographic, video, and audio content for the student-run print and digital newspaper.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1178 or 1179.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1122, 1128, 1142, and 1168 (all may be taken concurrently).

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JOUR 1225 Media Law and Ethics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Demystifying the complex justice system and applying professional ethics is essential for journalists and professional writers to cover significant stories of public interest. In this course, students examine the legal system and the role and responsibility of the news media. They will be introduced to covering the courts and the laws that affect working journalists, legal concepts, including libel, contempt of court, freedom of information and privacy, as well as the ethics of credibility, conflict of interest, and accountability. Students will learn how to research court cases and access documents and exhibits through online databases and court registries. They will learn how to make ethical decisions and establish standards of professional conduct in the workplace.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1240 Advanced Copy Editing
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Errors involving basic grammar and presentation are not the only mistakes that can kill an otherwise intriguing story. Students learn how to refine news stories, press releases, and other non-fiction writing to improve flow and comprehensibility. They assess and edit a variety of texts for gaps and omissions in information, fairness, good taste, libel, editorializing, and other issues. This course is recommended for students interested in journalism, communications, public relations, and any other career requiring specialty writing.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1142.

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JOUR 1288 Radio Storytelling and Podcasting
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1298Accessibility and versatility are the secret to radio and podcast popularity. Audio waves are a more intimate way to delve into people's stories in greater depth, while allowing for the creative use of sound. Students work with industry-standard technology to produce news stories, podcasts, and feature-length audio productions while learning to write for the spoken word, select interview clips, perform on air, and line up podcasts and newscasts.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1288 or 1298.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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15 Credits

TERM THREE

Courses Credits
All of
JOUR 2178 Design for Print and Online Journalism
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1177Design can enhance or impede a person's ability to process information, so understanding design principles is essential for those working in media. Students explore the principles of design for both print and online publications, using current industry-standard software. They learn how to attract the reader's eye through design elements such as photos, headlines, subheads, and graphics, while conveying information quickly and clearly.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1177 or 2178.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Corequisite(s): JOUR 2279

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JOUR 2279 Multimedia News Production
4.5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 14.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 2278In this intensive, hands-on capstone course, closely simulating an industry newsroom, students apply their skills in the role of editor to produce compelling multimedia content for publication in the student-run print and online newspaper, The Voice. They conceive, assign, and copyedit stories and photographs as well as produce videos, podcasts, and data visualizations. Rounding out their experience, students also explore the perspective of communications professionals while managing news stories. The Journalism program's advanced capstone course builds on skills developed in JOUR 1179, in which students are introduced to the duties of reporters.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2278 or 2279.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1179, 1240, 1288, 2178, and 2398 (all may be taken concurrently).

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JOUR 2398 Storytelling Through Video
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

The ability to tell compelling stories through video is in high demand in today's employment market. In this course, students explore visual storytelling techniques using video, audio, and text for television reporting, social media, and online content creation. They use current technology to produce videos for a variety of broadcast and digital platforms and learn the skills associated with both news and communication media. Skills include writing to pictures, announcing, shooting, and editing according to industry standards.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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Two of
JOUR 1200 Theories in Communications
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Most of us consider communicating an innate and spontaneous activity, but the ways we communicate change over time and can be evaluated, studied, and manipulated. In this course, students examine the changing ideologies behind communication theories, research, and models as they relate to our personal and professional interactions. Students critically evaluate how concepts in communication are informed by the ever-changing marketplace, political system, ethics, social demands, and self-perception.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1220 Communication and the Influence of Mass Media
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021The interdependent relationship between media technology and communication has evolved over the years to influence the audience's sense of nationalism, culture, and self-awareness. Students examine the effect of the media's historical transformations, from the screen culture surrounding television to the interactive modalities of online. They critically analyze how forms of communication media impact audience persuasion, financial incentive, collaborative connections, and diversity.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1230 Communication Strategies
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Communication strategies are used to establish in the public's mind the key values and goals of an individual, corporation, non-profit, social movement, charity, or other entity. Students learn the practical basics of communications, the art and science of managing a system to provide accessible information and effective messages to the public through multiple channels, including mainstream media, social media, and advertising.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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15 Credits

TERM FOUR

Courses Credits
All of
JOUR 1224 Investigative Journalism
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

In the era of misinformation, the need to hold to account the powerful figures in business and government has never been more pressing, and the work of investigative journalists - the watchdogs of democracy - never more crucial. Future journalists and communication professionals learn to use the latest investigative research tools, methods, and techniques to unearth compelling information and craft thought-provoking narratives that drive public discourse. Students learn how to select a topic of public interest or importance and complete a long-term investigative research project.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1120 or 1224.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1122.

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JOUR 2380 Civic Reporting
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Public institutions are the heartbeat of any community and the source of the most newsworthy stories. These institutions are accountable to the people they serve, and knowing how they work and where to find information is essential, even for non-journalists. In this course, students use social media, data visualization, multi-platform presentation and investigation to develop story proposals and communications strategies to cover a defined municipal beat. They also learn about the roles and responsibilities of local government agencies and how to engage with them to get results.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1128.

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JOUR 2475 Work Experience for Journalism and Communications
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 9.2 | Lab: 1.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 2470Students take part in a month-long internship in print, online, or broadcast journalism, public relations, communications, or another media-related field. In preparation for their internship, students practice resume writing, update professional portfolios, polish their job interview skills, learn how to promote and manage a freelance business, and identify likely job opportunities and/or clients.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2470 or 2475.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 2279 and 2380. JOUR 2380 may be taken concurrently.

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Nine credits of JOUR or university-transferable electives
9
15 Credits

CURRICULUM

Total Concentration Credits: 36

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
JOUR 1122 Introduction to Media Research Techniques
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Knowing how to find and evaluate information in today's world is an essential skill. In this course, students develop research skills used in the media: how to find people and how to find accurate information on individuals, governments, businesses, and charities. They learn investigative interviewing skills and how to spot false information. Students identify and begin preliminary research on investigative projects using tools such as search engines, public documents, social media, freedom of information requests, and database analysis.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1120 or 1122.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1128 Fundamentals of Reporting
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 1.0

Today's journalists and communications professionals need to know everything from the start to the end of the news cycle; which stories are worth pursuing, how to chase and verify the story, which tools to use to tell the story, what platform to put it on, and how to use social media to provide useful information. In this hands-on course, students learn the basic principles and practices of identifying and pitching news stories, researching, interviewing news sources, using social media to find and promote news and commentary, and reporting a variety of general-assignment news stories.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1142 Basics of Copy Editing
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Readers judge writing as much by its attention to details as by its grand phrases or sweeping narratives. Students learn how to ensure that their writing adheres to accepted Canadian style conventions used in journalism and communications. They analyze and edit grammar, spelling, and punctuation to enhance writing and bolster credibility.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1140 or 1142.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1168 Photojournalism
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Images are a key element of effective storytelling. Students examine the theory and methods required to become an effective visual storyteller. They develop skills to capture professional photographic news, sports, features, and portraits along with photo essays to tell an impactful and meaningful story. Students acquire visual storytelling skills for both traditional print and online media.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 1179 Multimedia News Reporting
4.5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 11.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1178A successful career in media requires the ability to write and share various types of content through multiple platforms on tight deadlines. In this intensive hands-on course, student reporters apply the storytelling skills they have acquired in a simulated newsroom environment to write features, breaking news stories, opinion pieces, and sports and business reports for Langara's student publication, The Voice. They create written, photographic, video, and audio content for the student-run print and digital newspaper.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1178 or 1179.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1122, 1128, 1142, and 1168 (all may be taken concurrently).

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JOUR 1225 Media Law and Ethics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Demystifying the complex justice system and applying professional ethics is essential for journalists and professional writers to cover significant stories of public interest. In this course, students examine the legal system and the role and responsibility of the news media. They will be introduced to covering the courts and the laws that affect working journalists, legal concepts, including libel, contempt of court, freedom of information and privacy, as well as the ethics of credibility, conflict of interest, and accountability. Students will learn how to research court cases and access documents and exhibits through online databases and court registries. They will learn how to make ethical decisions and establish standards of professional conduct in the workplace.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 2410 Mobile Journalism
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.25 | Lab: 2.0

Students will learn how to take video, audio, or photos that they have shot or recorded in the field and package them into a complete story that they file from a mobile device.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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18 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
JOUR 1224 Investigative Journalism
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

In the era of misinformation, the need to hold to account the powerful figures in business and government has never been more pressing, and the work of investigative journalists - the watchdogs of democracy - never more crucial. Future journalists and communication professionals learn to use the latest investigative research tools, methods, and techniques to unearth compelling information and craft thought-provoking narratives that drive public discourse. Students learn how to select a topic of public interest or importance and complete a long-term investigative research project.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1120 or 1224.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1122.

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JOUR 1240 Advanced Copy Editing
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

Errors involving basic grammar and presentation are not the only mistakes that can kill an otherwise intriguing story. Students learn how to refine news stories, press releases, and other non-fiction writing to improve flow and comprehensibility. They assess and edit a variety of texts for gaps and omissions in information, fairness, good taste, libel, editorializing, and other issues. This course is recommended for students interested in journalism, communications, public relations, and any other career requiring specialty writing.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1142.

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JOUR 1288 Radio Storytelling and Podcasting
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1298Accessibility and versatility are the secret to radio and podcast popularity. Audio waves are a more intimate way to delve into people's stories in greater depth, while allowing for the creative use of sound. Students work with industry-standard technology to produce news stories, podcasts, and feature-length audio productions while learning to write for the spoken word, select interview clips, perform on air, and line up podcasts and newscasts.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1288 or 1298.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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JOUR 2178 Design for Print and Online Journalism
1.5

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 1.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 1177Design can enhance or impede a person's ability to process information, so understanding design principles is essential for those working in media. Students explore the principles of design for both print and online publications, using current industry-standard software. They learn how to attract the reader's eye through design elements such as photos, headlines, subheads, and graphics, while conveying information quickly and clearly.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 1177 or 2178.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Corequisite(s): JOUR 2279

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JOUR 2279 Multimedia News Production
4.5

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 14.0

New Course as of Summer Semester 2021Formerly JOUR 2278In this intensive, hands-on capstone course, closely simulating an industry newsroom, students apply their skills in the role of editor to produce compelling multimedia content for publication in the student-run print and online newspaper, The Voice. They conceive, assign, and copyedit stories and photographs as well as produce videos, podcasts, and data visualizations. Rounding out their experience, students also explore the perspective of communications professionals while managing news stories. The Journalism program's advanced capstone course builds on skills developed in JOUR 1179, in which students are introduced to the duties of reporters.Students will receive credit for only one of JOUR 2278 or 2279.Registration in this course is restricted to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in all of the following: JOUR 1179, 1240, 1288, 2178, and 2398 (all may be taken concurrently).

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JOUR 2380 Civic Reporting
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Public institutions are the heartbeat of any community and the source of the most newsworthy stories. These institutions are accountable to the people they serve, and knowing how they work and where to find information is essential, even for non-journalists. In this course, students use social media, data visualization, multi-platform presentation and investigation to develop story proposals and communications strategies to cover a defined municipal beat. They also learn about the roles and responsibilities of local government agencies and how to engage with them to get results.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in JOUR 1128.

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JOUR 2398 Storytelling Through Video
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

The ability to tell compelling stories through video is in high demand in today's employment market. In this course, students explore visual storytelling techniques using video, audio, and text for television reporting, social media, and online content creation. They use current technology to produce videos for a variety of broadcast and digital platforms and learn the skills associated with both news and communication media. Skills include writing to pictures, announcing, shooting, and editing according to industry standards.Priority registration in this course is offered to students admitted to the Diploma or Certificate in Journalism.Prerequisite(s): One of the following: a minimum 70% in English First Peoples 12, English Studies 12, Literary Studies 12, or equivalent; a minimum "C-" grade in a university-level English course for which Langara College awards transfer credit; a minimum "C-" grade in ENGL 1120; an "S" grade in ENGL 1107 or 1110; or permission of the instructor.

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