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Broadcast and Online Journalism

Note: The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

The BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Diploma program prepares students for a media career as a reporter, newscaster, producer, and online journalist for radio and television stations, websites, and production companies. You will develop interviewing skills, announcing techniques, hone your writing, and learn how to deliver compelling news stories. Many Journalism grads work across the country and around the world in a variety of media positions.

BCIT Journalism students learn to:
  • Investigate original news stories
  • Write and report news stories
  • Produce documentaries
  • Conduct live and produced interviews
  • Anchor news, sports, and other information programs
  • Use critical thinking skills to assess news stories
  • Follow good ethical journalism pracitices

BCIT Magazine TV Broadcast

Students prepare and deliver a 30 minute TV news program that is broadcast weekly on Shaw TV and online. Journalism students rotate through various roles including anchoring, reporting, investigative journalism, online editor, and video production. Watch video clips from BCIT Magazine.

Evolution Radio

Students completely run and operate Evolution 107.9, a fully licensed FM radio station. News and sports reports are written and presented on-air by first and second year journalism students.

BCIT News Online

Students also work in our virtual newsroom, filing stories to bcitbroadcastnews.ca, as part of their course work. Acting as Web Editors and Online Reporters, students produce original content for the web including video and audio and also learn to utilize a variety of social media.

Journalism Internship

Journalism students participate in a variety of industry internships in their second year at BCIT - including local and national radio stations, TV stations, production companies, PR groups, and online organizations. These internships are critical for learning on the job experience and help students develop connections in the media industry.

Journalism Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism diploma program have extensive experience writing and reporting for radio, TV, and online audiences. Students gain many valuable skills that can lead to a wide variety of job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • Writer/Editor
  • Researcher
  • Field Reporter
  • Video Journalist
Mid-Level Positions:
  • On-Air Host
  • Associate Producer
  • Feature Editor/Reporter
  • Online Writer/Editor
  • News Anchor

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Post-Secondary: one of the following:
    • Fifteen credits of post-secondary courses from a recognized institution (67% average), which may include three credits used to meet the English requirement, or
    • Nine credits of BCST Part-time studies courses (67% average)

  • BCST 0001 – Broadcast and Online Journalism Full-time Diploma Program Entrance Exam* (60%)

*This exam evaluates English literacy, current events awareness, general knowledge, and broadcast industry awareness and aptitude. Applicants must successfully complete the exam prior to submitting an application. Local applicants must register online to participate in the entrance exam invigilated at the BCIT Burnaby Campus. Out of town applicants must contact the Broadcast and Online Journalism admissions faculty to make special arrangements for taking the entrance exam.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Attendance at one of the information seminars which are held on the first Monday of each month during the admission process (September to April) at 5:30 pm in the Broadcast Centre, Building SE10 on the Burnaby campus (When the first Monday of a month is a holiday, the meeting is held on the second Monday)

  • BCIT Broadcast and Media part-time studies courses.

  • Related industry experience.

  • Previous studies in political science, history, business, law, computer science, communications and other humanities, as well as an up-to-date awareness of current events.

Apply to program

The September 2015 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for September 2016 will be accepted starting November 1, 2015 (or next business day).

You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Student spending above and beyond tuition depends largely on individual preferences and practices. The following estimates provide a range of spending:

Broadcast Journalism
Level 1: $1,910; Level 2: $830; Level 3: $550; Level 4: $900

(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Your in-class experience at BCIT's Broadcast Journalism program provides a foundation like no other school.  You will be on the air in Vancouver and via the web, around the world. Your stories will be broadcast on our FM radio station, Evolution 107.9 and on local cable television. You will learn and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to work effectively in a radio or television newsroom (or related broadcast industry). This will involve producing audio and video stories in groups and on your own using cameras and non-linear editing, digital audio software and other systems to communicate effectively with your listeners and your viewers.

You will create stories with digital photographs and will put newscasts together from a national real-time news feed with your colleagues' stories from the field. You will also have the opportunity to go to news conferences and produce your own news stories and features.

Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 1108 Video Journalism 3.0
  BCST 1130 Introduction to News Reporting 2.0
  BCST 1131 Introduction to Announcing 3.0
  BCST 1132 Introduction to Radio 3.0
  BCST 1134 News Writing 1 4.0
  BCST 1137 Visual Fundamentals for Journalists 4.0
  BCST 2215 Online and Social Media 3.0
  COMM 1112 Communication for Broadcasters 1 3.0
Level 2 (16 weeks plus 4 week practicum) Credits
  BCST 1331 Media Law 2.0
  BCST 2230 News Reporting 2.0
  BCST 2232 Radio News 2 8.0
  BCST 2233 Television News 2 8.0
  BCST 2234 Documentary Production 1 3.0
  BCST 2235 Journalism Practicum 1 7.0
  BCST 2236 Broadcast Announcing 2.0
  BCST 2238 News Writing 2 2.0
  BCST 2240 Digital Journalism 3.0
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 3332 Radio News 3 13.0
  BCST 3333 Television News 3 13.0
  BCST 3340 Advanced Journalism 2.0
Level 4 (16 weeks plus 4 week practicum) Credits
  BCST 4430 Documentary Production 2 2.0
  BCST 4432 Radio News 4 14.0
  BCST 4433 Television News 4 14.0
  BCST 4435 Journalism Practicum 2 7.0
Total Credits: 127.0

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

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.

Additional Information

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.

Program length

Two years, full-time

The program runs from September to May each year.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

With your Broadcast Journalism Diploma, you will be a graduate of one of the most well-respected broadcast journalism schools in Canada.

Job Opportunities

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.

Broadcast Journalism Careers

Prepares students for careers as reporters, producers, editors and newscasters in radio, television and related media fields. Training includes basic news broadcasting skills and academic courses. News writing, audio and video editing, research, reporting and announcing are combined with a substantial background in politics, economics and other applicable subjects. Regular newsroom and field reporting operations develop students' experience in news judgment, reporting and presentation. Full digital news generation and management systems are utilized to provide practical experience.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Connie Monk, Program Head

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 Amos

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

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 German

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.

Advisory committee

  • Wayne Williams - Chairperson, Executive Producer, CBC TV
  • Theresa LaLonde, CBC Radio
  • Treena Wood, CKWX News 1130
  • Kyle Donaldson, City TV
  • Dave Barry, CKPG News
  • Rob Germain, Chek News
  • Les Staff, CTV BC
  • Bhupinder Hundal, OMNI
  • Ted Field, Global BC
  • Tara-Lee Novak, ForceFourEntertainment,
  • Alyn Edwards, Peak Communications
  • Derek Hinchliffe, CHBC Television - Kelowna
  • Ian Koenigsfest, CKNW
  • Scott Rintoull, TSN 1040

Contact Us

Judy Phipps
Administrative Assistant
604-432-8863 | broadcast@bcit.ca

Mary Kay Thurston
Admissions Coordinator
604-432-8668 | Mary_Kay_Thurston@bcit.ca

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