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Broadcast and Online Journalism

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 Program Entry 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.

Program Entry

Application processing

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

Entrance requirements

Applicants will be accepted on a first qualified basis, as long as space remains. You must meet the following entrance requirements to qualify:

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Recommended for success

  • Attendance at one of the information sessions held each month of the school year at 5:30 pm in the Broadcast Centre, Building SE10 on the Burnaby campus

  • 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

International applicants

This program has mandatory industry rotations and a final practicum. You are responsible for ensuring that you hold a valid co-op work permit for this work placement. The co-op work permit is separate from the study permit for having authorization to work up to 20 hours per week during your studies.

For more information, please contact the BCIT International Student Centre.

Apply to program

BCIT accepts only 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.

myCommunication

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

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four 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:

Level 1: $1,000
Level 2: $350
Level 3: $300
Level 4: $300

These are general estimated costs, subject to change.

Additional costs and supplies

In addition to some textbooks and stationary, Broadcast and Online Journalism students must supply additional resources to ensure they can participate in classes, and deliver assignments to meet learning outcomes. These resources include:
  • Smartphone with a mobile plan
  • Audio recording apps
  • Microphone (for smartphone), mic/smartphone adapter
  • USB flash drives with sufficient storage space
  • 2 TB external hard drive
  • SD memory card 64GB

Vehicles

There are also additional vehicle costs associated with our labs. All students in the Broadcast and Online Journalism program require access to a vehicle in order to cover stories off-campus, particularly in second year.  Students without access to a vehicle will need to arrange transportation with colleagues, take a taxi, or pursue stories entirely on-campus. All vehicle costs (parking and gas) are shared equally among Television and Journalism students when covering stories for BCIT Magazine (in second year).

Financial assistance

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

Courses

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 2.0
  BCST 1134 News Writing 1 3.0
  BCST 1139 Visual Fundamentals for Journalists 2.0
  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 and Online News 1 6.0
  BCST 2233 Television News 1 2.0
  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 2.0
 
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  BCST 3332 Radio and Online News 2 10.0
  BCST 3333 Television News 2 8.0
  BCST 3340 Advanced Journalism 2.0
  BCST 3700 Digital News 1 8.0
  BCST 3800 Media Entrepreneur or Manager Fundamentals 3.0
 
Level 4 (16 weeks plus 4 week practicum) Credits
  BCST 4430 Documentary Production 2 2.0
  BCST 4432 Radio and Online News 3 10.0
  BCST 4433 Television News 3 8.0
  BCST 4434 Digital News 2 8.0
  BCST 4435 Journalism Practicum 2 7.0
 
Total Credits: 115.0

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 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.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
  • Media Relations
  • 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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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 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 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.

Julia Foy

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 German

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.

Keanan Kipp

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 Waterman

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.

Advisory committee

  • 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

Contact Us

General enquiries

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

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

Out-of-town entrance exam enquiries only

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

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