Core Course Descriptions

Integrated Journalism

Integrated Journalism is a combined core course (Journalism Practice & Standards JRNL 503B, and Integrated Journalism JRNL 515C), which will provide you with hands-on experience to learn how to think and operate like a professional journalist in a multimedia environment. The course is based on a core journalistic skill set of research methods, editing, interviewing, reporting and writing. We use the most current technical tools to enable students to conceptualize, plan and tell stories through a variety of media. You will be given training in key content areas, such as the city, diversity and public policy, and how to integrate research and complex context into news stories and media content.

A key component of Integrated Journalism is contributing to, the School’s award-winning online news service. This publication is produced by individual students and is led by a team of editors who will rotate four times throughout the year. Students will have an opportunity to learn and experience a number of editorial or supervisory roles. Students are encouraged to use a range of storytelling methods in order to present strong multimedia journalism. Each edition will have a subject focus and will allow students to publish their work, while addressing major civic and global issues.

Media Ethics and Leadership

This course will look at the role imagined for journalists and media organizations in a democracy, and consequent professional norms, obligations, dilemmas, and expectations. Using varied texts and case studies, this course will discuss, study, and debate journalism ethics and leadership in changing media landscapes. Long held journalistic tenets of objectivity, accuracy, verification, and accountability will be examined, particularly as they relate to digital and converging media where accountabilities and sensibilities shift based on diverse and dispersed globalized audiences.

Media Law

Through this course students will be introduced to the Canadian legal system, court procedures, terminology, decisions and statutes. Legal issues and pitfalls faced by journalists, including defamation, contempt, publication bans, privacy, intellectual property, freedom of expression, roadblocks to reporting, dealing with police situations and the law affecting online media, blogs, digital forum issues and citizen journalism will be explored. Legal tools to aid information gathering and improve stories including access to information legislation and legal research will also be covered. Practical examples and problems are frequently used. In addition to mid term and final exams, students will prepare an article in the style of a magazine feature on an area of media law they are interested in.