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The heart of our program is a passion for broadcast and journalism communication. In the first semester, you will be in classes to cover a common understanding of industry standards in reporting, writing, announcing, visual skills and effective analysis of news and information programming on radio, television and online. Hands-on training with broadcast equipment begins as well. You also will study economics for journalists and enhance your computer skills.
In the second semester, you will move into more team work to hone your skills in these areas. You also will study media law and produce long-form audio documentaries. New Media technologies and techniques exist in all programs. A digital focus co-exists with analog technology, as both are found extensively in industry.
Alterations in course offerings and hours may occur because of adaptation to changing industry conditions and demands. Some classes and practicums operate around the clock and on weekends to emulate industry situations.
With your Broadcast Journalism Diploma, you will be a graduate of one of the most well-respected broadcast journalism schools in Canada.
Graduates are employed throughout BC, Canada and the world, wherever radio, television, cable facilities and audio and video production operations exist. Graduates find employment in entry-level positions including: radio on-air host, commercial copywriter, audio producer, sales/marketing/promotion representative, music programmer, video editor, ENG/EFP camera operator, production assistant, researcher, news and sports reporters, freelance producer, scriptwriter and media relations positions.
Connie’s first broadcast job was in Edmonton, Alberta working as a reporter for CFCW Radio. She then worked as a television reporter, anchor and producer at ITV in Edmonton, CKVU in Vancouver (now Citytv) and CBC TV in Vancouver where she won awards for producing documentaries and election programing. Connie is vice-president of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada and a judge for the Canadian Association of Journalists and the RTNDA. She is a recipient of a Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship and the BEAC John Ansell Distinguished Service Award. Connie is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa with a B.A. (honours) in Political Science and a Bachelor of Journalism (honours) and holds an M.A. in Communications from Leicester University in the U.K.
Bill started his broadcast career doing overnight radio news in Montreal. After reporting on Rene Levesque and the first Quebec referendum at CJAD and CFCF Radio, he moved to the CBC, where he reported and anchored on radio and television - first in Montreal and then in Vancouver. Bill holds a B.A in English Literature from McGill University and has been on BCIT's Broadcast Journalism faculty since 1989. He has produced a documentary on Online News in Canada and has done some part-time acting on the Vancouver stage.
Mary Kay Thurston is a graduate of the BCIT Television program. She began teaching Broadcast Journalism in 1986 after working as a writer-producer at Vancouver's CKVU Television. Over the years she has worked as a freelance photographer, as well as a news editor for CBC-TV, Global-TV, and ATV in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Other career highlights include serving as Western Director and Vice President of the Broadcast Educators Assn of Canada and being the recipient of the Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship and BEAC Michael Monty National Excellence in Teaching Award. Of all her achievements, Mary Kay is most proud of the BCIT High Flight scholarship she has established in tribute to her husband Mike, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in 2001.
Christine began her television career after graduating from the Broadcast Journalism program at BCIT. Since then she has developed a vast repertoire of experience through various freelance engagements with CBC Sports, CBC Radio Vancouver, Force Four Productions, Channel 4 in the UK and as a full-time producer for TVNW Media Group (a Vancouver based production company). Christine's background is primarily in sports production where she has worked as a producer, host and play-by-play commentator for the past eight years. A few career highlights include three years as the series producer and host for the triathlon world cup series TV show, play-by-play for various track events on TSN and two trips to the Olympic games, as a sport media liaison in 2000 (Sydney) and as an on-site colour-commentator in 2004 (Athens). In 2005 Christine made the switch from full-time production to full-time teaching when she joined the faculty at BCIT. While continuing to work as a freelance host and producer, Christine’s enjoys her time spent working with students as they too embark on an exciting career in broadcasting.
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