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Broadcast and Online Journalism

If you’re interested in a career in journalism, there’s no better place to start than BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism diploma program. Our journalism faculty is experienced in all aspects of one of the most fascinating and ever-changing fields today. Join us in a program of comprehensive, hands-on training. From day one, you’ll be working as a journalist, connecting with professionals in the field, and learning the skills to get you in the door and beyond.

By participating in interactive class lectures and labs, you will learn the expertise you need to begin a new job as a writer, producer, reporter, anchor, video journalist, and more. We train our students to be comfortable with mobile journalism, constantly filing to three media platforms each day (TV, radio, and online), breaking down the walls between traditional newsrooms. That emphasis puts this program on the cutting edge of journalism schools across the country, mirroring the quickly evolving world of news and information.

Our labs include working in the field and in our studios for our radio station, our weekly television program and our website.

About the Broadcast and Online Journalism program

  • Two years, full-time
  • Program runs from September to May
  • Prepares students for a range of journalism and media positions
To see more specifics about how BCIT’s unique training prepares you for a fast-paced journalism career, visit our Program Details page.

Who should apply for the Broadcast and Online Journalism diploma?

This program was developed by industry professionals for people who have a strong curiosity about the world and want to develop critical thinking skills related to news and current affairs. You should also have strong written and oral communication skills.

This program might be right for you if you:
  • Have a keen interest in journalism
  • Work well in a team environment 
  • Are flexible and can think fast 
  • Have some work experience 
  • Have some post-secondary education 
  • Have strong writing and oral communication skills
If this sounds like you, apply today through our Program Entry page.

What grads can do

The opportunities for journalists are growing and changing. There is always a strong demand for writers, reporters, producers and researchers who are skilled in radio, television and online production. Our graduates also work in news rooms, sports stations, media relations in public and private industry, video production companies and online sites.

Learn more about the career possibilities available to our graduates on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Program Entry

Application processing

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

Entrance requirements

Proof of the following three requirements must be submitted when you apply. To submit your application, click on the “Apply to Program” link below. Applicants 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:
  • Broadcast and Online Journalism Full-time Diploma Program Entrance Exam (BCST 0001)* - 60% minimum

    *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 write the entrance exam at BCIT’s Burnaby Campus. Out of town applicants must contact admissions faculty to make arrangements to write the exam remotely. After completion of the exam, results will be posted online to your myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca.

  • 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)

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 Communications Part-time Studies courses.

  • Related industry experience.

  • Previous post-secondary education, particularly English, Political Science and Communications.

  • Awareness of current events.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
Apply Now

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.


The hands-on experience of working in radio, television, and online makes your training at BCIT completely one-of-a-kind. In your two years in the program, you’ll practice the everyday skills needed for journalism and learn how to investigate original news stories, shoot and edit stories, produce documentaries and more. We have a strong focus on digital journalism and how to use social media for news and information reporting.

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

Your journalism training at BCIT is unlike any you’ll get anywhere else. From the beginning of your first week, you’ll be involved in learning skills and knowledge journalists and media professionals use every day. We have a very active industry advisory committee which helps us keep our program up to date and which mentors our second year students in industry rotations throughout the year. We are live and on the air – our students:
  • Prepare and deliver a 30-minute news program that’s broadcast every week on TV and online
  • Report from the field and in the studio at Canada’s only FM student-run radio station, Evolution 107.9
  • Produce photos, video and audio for our website bcitbroadcastnews.ca
Through this program, you’ll develop interviewing skills and announcing techniques, hone your writing, and learn how to deliver compelling news stories. All your courses and experience, including industry internships, are designed to give you the ability and confidence to start and succeed in your journalism career.

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 the practical career skills you’ll develop through this program, you’ll be prepared to begin an exciting career in a wide range of journalism positions, both online and in traditional print, TV, and radio. Some career opportunities in journalism include:
  • Writer/Editor
  • Researcher
  • Field Reporter
  • Video Journalist
  • On-Air Host
  • Associate Producer
  • Feature Editor/Reporter
  • Online Writer/Editor
  • News Anchor

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 2010-2012 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

General Enquiries:

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

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

Out of Town Entrance Exam Enquiries:

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

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