Delivery mode: BLENDED
- This program will be delivered during COVID-19 as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
- Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
- We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory procedures that have been implemented.
- Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.
- Learn more about how this program is adapting learning during COVID-19.
You are curious and creative. You know what’s going on in the world and you want to make a difference as a multi-media storyteller. Join BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program to take the first steps in your new career. Our reputation in industry means that more than 90% of our graduates are employed. From day one you’ll be working as a hands-on journalist in news, sports and current affairs. Students will be mentored by experienced faculty and connect with professionals in the field. Our emphasis on multi-platform production puts this program on the cutting edge of journalism schools across the country. Check out our student work on our BCIT News website.
About the 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.
Work integrated learning
Every full-time diploma program has a practicum component where students spend time with an industry partner (TV and Radio stations; production, sports and entertainment companies). Practicums are typically four weeks in duration. In addition to practicum, students may have the opportunity to enter co-op in level four.
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 storytelling. You should also have strong written and oral communication skills.
If this sounds like you, apply today through our Entrance Requirements page.
What grads can do
There is always a strong demand for writers, reporters, video journalists, producers, and researchers who are skilled in producing radio, television, and online content. Our graduates work in newsrooms, sports stations, and media relations firms, including government and production houses. Some have established their own video production companies.
Learn more about the career possibilities available to our graduates on the Graduating and Jobs page.
Costs & Supplies
Bring your own device & additional equipment
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.
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 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 bcitnews.com
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.
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:
- Video Journalist
- Field Reporter
- Sports Play by Play
- Media Relations
- News Anchor/On-Air Host
- Video/Digital Producer
- Associate Producer
- Feature Editor/Reporter
- Online Writer/Editor
“Our Experience with BCIT Students in our newsroom in Vancouver…is that the people who are coming out of BCIT are able to fit into our newsroom immediately.”
Ian Hanomansing, CBC News
“BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program provides a solid foundation for any aspiring journalist. In the years since graduating, I’ve been able to report on some of the most complex issues of our time for the world’s finest news organizations. BCIT helped pave the way.”
Imtiaz Tyab, Correspondent, CBS News
“After completing my degree, I enrolled in the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program. The wonderful instructors gave me the tools to hit the ground running and start building a career as a working journalist. Best of all, they helped place me as an intern at the CBC, where I have been able to fulfill a wide range of rolls over the years. I love what I do and I wouldn’t be here without BCIT.”
Renée Filippone, CBC Foreign Correspondent
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
Connie Monk, Program Head
Connie is the Program Head and an instructor in the Broadcast and Online Journalism program. She is also an instructor in BCIT’s International Field School. Connie is an award-winning journalist who worked primarily at CBC as a senior producer, special events producer, reporter and anchor. She has also worked at CKVU in Vancouver and ITV in Edmonton as reporter and anchor. Connie has a Bachelor of Journalism (honours) and a Bachelor of Arts (honours political science) from Carleton University and an MA (Communications) from University of Leicester, UK.
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.
Julia is an award-winning broadcast journalist with over 35 years of experience in radio and television news. Since attending BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program, she worked at radio stations CKNW and CISL, and television stations CKVU, CTV and Global. She received awards from BC Association of Broadcasters, Radio Television and Digital News Directors Association and Jack Webster Foundation for excellence in TV News Reporting. She’s been teaching in the BCIT Broadcast and Online program in part-time studies since 1997, and full-time since 2013. Julia completed the Provincial Instructors Diploma in 2015. She’s proud to offer students a strong combination of current experience and professional guidance.
Christine is a graduate of the Journalism program at BCIT who also holds a BA in English Literature from the University of Saskatchewan. She has worked as a freelance producer with the CBC, Force Four Productions, Channel 4 (UK) and as a full-time producer for TVNW Media Group. Christine also spent time on the mic and in-front of the camera as a host and play-by-play commentator, including at the Athens Olympics in 2004. Prior to becoming a journalist, she worked in media relations for an international sports organization. In recent years Christine has switched her focus to Digital Journalism training, specializing in mobile reporting, multi-platform storytelling, and data journalism.
Like many faculty members, Keanan is a graduate of BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism Program. She worked for several years at Global BC, as a news writer, Line-up/Associate Producer, and eventually as the Show Producer for the Global Morning News. While she enjoys the fast-paced environment of the control room, Keanan also loves getting out to Field Produce on location. In addition to her broadcast diploma, Keanan has a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Arts and French from Vancouver Island University. In her spare time she likes to put her planning and producing skills to use as a freelance event coordinator.
Mary Kay Thurston
Mary Kay Thurston is a graduate BCIT’s Television program. She began teaching Broadcast Journalism after working as a writer-producer at Vancouver’s CKVU TV. She has also worked as a freelance photographer, and as news editor for CBC, Global and ATV in Halifax. Other career highlights include serving as Vice President of the Broadcast Educators Association of Canada, receiving the BEAC Michael Monty National Excellence in Teaching Award and a Jack Webster Foundation Fellowship. 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.
Alan has spent more than 40 years in network television, much of that blazing the trail for network video-journalists with the CBC. His stories appeared regularly on CBC’s The National, NewsNetwork, and local news, with assignments that ranged from floods to war zones, from Asia to Afghanistan. He has also filed for CNN, NBC, Sky, and CPAC. After retiring from the CBC, Alan directed and story produced for Discovery Channel shows such as Highway Thru Hell, Airshow, and Daily Planet – shows that reach worldwide audiences. Added to that are almost two decades as a video-journalism instructor and clinician for broadcasters and post-secondary institutions, mentoring students from the basics to master classes.
- Treena Wood, CBC, Advisory Chair
- Terry Schnitz, CKNW
- Charmaine de Silva, News1130
- Fiona Hopewell-Jensen, Global TV
- Doriana Temolo, (retired, Global National)
- Les Staff, CTV
- Dave Barry, CFJC
- Rob Germain, CHEK
- Kyle Donaldson, CityTV
- Scott Rintoul, Sportsnet 650 Radio
- Morgan Inglis, Pink Buffalo Films
- Shane Woodford, Radio NL
- Laura Balance, Laura Balance Media Group Inc.
- Steve Lus, CBC
- Francesca Fionda, The Discourse
Students in the BCIT Broadcast and Online Journalism Program complete three different industry internships during their second year of study. This means each student spends a total of 12 weeks with different industry partners and learning from those currently working in the field. It’s an excellent opportunity for students to make connections and try out the work they will get to tackle after graduation.
Our regular internship partners include a mix of television and radio newsrooms, sports organizations, media relations and PR companies, and video production houses.
- CBC Vancouver
- Global BC
- CTV Vancouver
- CITY TV
- News 1130
- TSN 1040
- Sportsnet 650
- Laura Ballance Media Group
- Jelly Marketing and PR
- Canadian Cancer Society
- Delta Police
- Pink Buffalo Films
- CHEK TV (Victoria)
- CKPG (Prince George)
- CTV Victoria
- Global Okanagan (Kelowna)
- CBC Okanagan (Kelowna)
- Radio NL (Kamloops)
- CFJC (Kamloops)
- ET Canada
- Vancouver Whitecaps
- Vancouver Giants
- Langley Events Centre
We also partner with several established internship programs, such as:
Learning during COVID-19
This program will be delivered using a blended format during COVID-19. This means that, while most your coursework will take place online, there will also be regular in-person sessions.
Additionally, you will attend the Burnaby Campus for on-campus sessions. The exact dates and times for in-person learning will be determined by your instructors.
You will be expected to attend online classes and complete group work between the hours of 8:30am – 5:30pm PST, Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
Students are required to have their own laptop. Please refer to the Bring Your Own Device Specifications [PDF] for requirements.
Laptop costs vary depending on the configuration chosen, but will likely range from approximately $1,000 to $2,000.
Safety on campus
As this program will be delivered in a blended format, you will be required to attend campus in person. Our Occupational Health and Safety team has assessed our classrooms and labs to ensure we practice safe operating procedures in accordance with public health and safety guidelines, as well as WorkSafeBC standards for post-secondary institutions. Here’s an example of how we have done this with great success for our Automotive programs.
Services and support
Instructors will continue to be available to students remotely, including five dedicated office hours per week.
Our Student Services staff continue to offer advice, care, and support as needed to optimize your learning experience. Many services, including Student Health Services, Counselling and Student Development, and Peer Tutoring are offering phone or virtual appointments to BCIT students.
604-432-8863 | Judy_Phipps@bcit.ca
Mary Kay Thurston
604-432-8668 | Mary_Kay_Thurston@bcit.ca
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