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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. Because of our reputation in industry, more than 90% of our graduates are employed. They are working as writers, reporters, producers, anchors, and video journalists in news, sports, and communications in radio, TV, and online.

From day one you’ll be working as a hands-on journalist, connecting with professionals in the field. In second year, students work in industry for a minimum of 12 weeks. Our journalism faculty is experienced in all aspects of this fascinating and ever-changing field. We have an industry advisory committee with representatives from major news, sports, and communication companies in Vancouver. We’re all here to help you get started in your career.

By participating in interactive class lectures and labs, you will learn the expertise you need to begin your new media career. We'll train you to be comfortable with mobile journalism by constantly filing to three media platforms each day (TV, radio, and online). That emphasis puts this program on the cutting edge of journalism schools across the country, mirroring the quickly-evolving world of news, sports, and information. Check out our student work on our website www.bcitnews.ca

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

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 changing and expanding. 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. 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:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

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 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 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: 117.0

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 2015-2017 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2014-2016 graduates and for Degree 2013-2015 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 started teaching at BCIT 20 years ago. Connie is an award-winning journalist who spent most of her career prior to BCIT at CBC where she was a senior producer, special events producer, reporter and anchor. Before that she 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 M.A. (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 three decades of experience in radio and television news and documentary work. After attending the BCIT Broadcast Journalism program, she worked at CKNW and CISL radio before moving to CKVU (CITYTV). Julia won several accolades as a reporter, documentary producer, and anchor. After joining CTV News Vancouver in 2001, Julia won awards from the BC Association of Broadcasters, the Radio, Television and Digital News Directors Association and the Jack Webster Foundation for excellence in TV News Reporting. She also worked as a story producer, assignment editor and Fraser Valley bureau chief. Julia joined Global News in 2013 and works part-time as a news reporter. Julia has been teaching part-time studies at BCIT since 1997. She joined the full-time Broadcast and Online Journalism program in 2013. Since then she has completed the Provincial Instructors Diploma. Julia is proud to offer students a strong combination of current experience and professional guidance.

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.

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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