Part-time/Distance & Online Learning Statement of Completion 0270000000

Citizen Journalism

Are you looking to develop powerful storytelling and journalism skills?

This group of courses focuses on developing effective video storytelling skills to help you get your ideas across professionally, whether it’s through video or audio, online or broadcast.

Developed and taught by industry professionals, each course in this program helps you gain the basics of how to find and tell a compelling story from conception to final edit. You’ll get the hands-on training BCIT is known for in writing, shooting, editing, and presentation skills to help your productions stand out in today’s cluttered media.

About the program

  • Four courses to completion
  • Flexible schedule offered online and in the classroom on campus
  • Learn the key skills for writing, shooting, editing, and presenting for journalism
Learn more about the key skills you’ll earn at the Program Details.

Who should complete the Citizen Journalism Statement of Completion?

This program could be right for you if:
  • You’re already working in journalism
  • You have an interest in reporting and telling a story via video or microphone
  • You have an interest in community-building and advocacy
  • You need additional professional development to accelerate your career
Get started with your first course to develop your skills today on the Program Entry page!

What grads can do

This program is designed specifically to give you professional development to build on an existing career or personal project in journalism. Additionally, the course credits you earn can be transferred toward further personal and professional training.

Program Entry

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that's right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there's space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To be successful in BCIT's fast paced applied learning environment, it is strongly recommended that students have English proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening. Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country and English 12 are strongly recommended for success. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:
Formal application to the Statement of Completion is not required. Upon successful completion of the courses, email the Program Contact with your full name, student number, and mailing address to be issued a Statement of Completion.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

These specially developed courses give you access to professional development that can help you advance in your existing career or enhance your own personal project. Through the hands-on training BCIT is known for, you’ll learn about blogging, newsroom writing, vocal performance for radio and podcasts, shooting and editing video, and more.

Program delivery

Course-by-course through classroom and online delivery.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Required Courses: Credits
  BCST 1144 Writing for the Media 3.0
  BCST 1151 Radio and TV Announcing 3.0
  BCST 1190 Video Journalism - The Backpack Journalist 3.0
  BCST 1193 Social Media Storytelling 3.0
 
Total Credits: 12.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

With courses developed and taught by leading professionals, this program gives you essential professional development for your work on-camera or in reporting. Whether you choose to begin with individual classes or to pursue your statement of completion, you’ll be gaining invaluable experience and practical knowledge for today’s journalism needs.

In this program, you’ll learn to:
  • Recognize potential stories and choose an angle
  • Successfully write for different media formats
  • Research and interview subjects
  • Set up camera, lighting, and audio for video shoots
  • Manage your personal brand through social media

Program length

3 to 12 months, part-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Distance and online learning.

Continue your education

Courses may be transferred to other part-time studies programs within the Broadcast Communications department.

Contact Us

Angelina Shine
Part-time Studies Program Assistant, Broadcast & Media Communications
604-451-7198 | Angelina_Shine@bcit.ca

Paul Sawyer
Part Time Studies Coordinator, Broadcast & Media Communications
604-456-1011 | Paul_Sawyer@bcit.ca

Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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