Masters

MJ graduates Alina Perrault, Virginia Wright, Joshua Campbell and Sasha-Gay Lobban.

Ready to expand your career?

Master of Journalism studies will give you the opportunity to dive deep into long form journalism investigations that truly make a difference. It’s perfect for career journalists and journalism degree holders who want to move their work up to the next level. This is your chance to dig into a story that you’ve always wanted to pursue in depth, with all the coaching and technical support you need to realize your dream project. You will graduate with greatly enhanced research skills, stronger big-picture analytical abilities and the experience of conducting a major journalism project of your choice from start to finish.

You will learn enhanced research methods and a deeper understanding of journalistic practice, as well as advanced skills in broadcast or print/online journalism. No matter which medium you choose to concentrate on, experienced supervisors will work with you one-on-one to guide your story-telling abilities.

Learning is wrapped around your major project, which you submit in the form of a brief proposal when you apply to the MJ program. A project can be a broadcast documentary, a series of print articles, an online project, a photo-journalism series, a book chapter, or other form of in depth journalism.

In the Fall semester, you will learn and practice research methods by developing your initial proposal into a detailed project outline. You will also spend time studying the history and practice of journalism, and discussing current events, at a higher level than undergraduate studies.

In the Winter semester, you will further explore your project and advance your skills through elective journalism courses. Examples are magazine writing and video documentary courses. In most cases, you will be working alongside fourth-year undergraduates, with additional learning tailored to your needs.

During one of your three semesters, you must also take a graduate-level elective outside the School of Journalism that is geared toward your project topic.

Students finish the Winter semester with their project fully researched, planned, and ready to roll. The Spring/Summer semester is dedicated to production and post-production, as well as travel for interviews, if required. The program is completed by the end of August, with the convocation ceremony held in October.

Students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

Fall Semester


JRN 799 Journalism Ethics and Professional Standards Review (0)
This online course tests students’ understanding of ethical/legal standards in Canadian journalism. Topics include plagiarism, libel, information rights, publication bans, ethical interviewing, Indigenous protocols, protection of sources, use of images, due diligence, and other foundational standards of practice in a Canadian context. Successful completion is required in the first semester of program.
Prerequisites: Full or provisional acceptance into the Master of Journalism program.


JRN 800 Research Methods in Journalism (3)
This course is designed to explore different research approaches useful for graduate journalism students.  Students will get acquainted with qualitative, quantitative and applied journalistic methods, and will work toward development of a project proposal.  Permission of the Department is required.

JRN 810 (310) A Critical History of the Media, Journalism and Social Regulation (3)
This course provides a critical introduction to the history of mass media and journalism. Students will examine some major milestones and issues in the construction of media cultures, the ongoing invention of journalism and the struggle for a democratic public sphere.

JRN 880 Critical Approaches to Media and Journalism Studies (3)
This course surveys a range of theoretical approaches to the field of mass communications, popular culture and journalism. A mixture of lecture, roundtable discussions, media screenings, on-line discussion forum and student presentations. Permission of the Department Head is required to register.

Winter semester

JRN 818 Master's Workshop on Journalism Projects (3)
Students will circulate and present the advanced journalism project proposals they finalized in the fall term. Each weekly workshop will focus on one or two projects and will be conducted under the supervision of the presenting student's faculty supervisor(s). All school faculty and students will be encouraged to attend and participate.

Choice of:

JRN 801 (401) Advanced Print (3)
Focuses on specialized reporting of news and current affairs, writing of opinion pieces and editorials. Students are expected to bring an analytical approached to the course following the internship experience, monitor major print media coverage of particular issues, and research and investigative stories independently.

JRN 802 (402) Advanced Broadcast and Current Affairs (3)
Advanced study and practice of current affairs, news gathering, writing, and reporting for the broadcast media.  Students are expected to bring an analytical approach to the course, monitor major broadcast media coverage of particular issues, and research and investigate stories independently.

Choice of a second journalism elective, according to availability

JRN 811 (411) Documentary Theory and Production (3)
An introduction to the theory and practice involved in radio/TV documentary documentaries.  The genre is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives.  Working in small groups, students are responsible for the delivery of a substantial documentary.

JRN 812 (312) Photojournalism (3)
A detailed examination fo the photojournalist's role in the news gathering process.  A focus on communicating through imagery and the power of visual story telling, with emphasis on practical techniques and problem solving.

JRN 813 (413) Magazine and Literary Journalism (3)
An intensive writing seminar/workshop with focus on developing the creative voice and how to apply literary conventions to journalistic writing.  A detailed examination of the roots of New Journalism, creative non-fiction, literary journalism, self-directed journalism and freelance environment.

JRN 815 (415) International Media (3)
This study of the role of media in the process of globalization and development, with a focus on learning journalistic skills and practices accepted in and by the media of different countries, and reportage of world event and issues in media outside North America.

JRN 819 (419) Alternative and Community Journalism (3)
An examination of the emergence of the citizen journalist within the context of global media, with a focus on the connection to social movements and social change.  Emphasis on alternative and community media in theory and practice, with hands on learning experiences provided.

JRN 880 Critical Approaches to Media and Journalism Studies (3)
This course surveys a range of theoretical approaches to the field of mass communications, popular culture and journalism.  A mixture of lecture, roundtable discussions, media screenings, on-line discussion forum and student presentations.  Permission of the Department Head is required to register.

JRN 881AA-ZZ Selected Topics
Courses designed to address selected topics in journalism.

All semesters

JRN 902 Professional Project (9)
In consultation with a supervisor, students will complete a substantial work of public affairs journalism that will advance Canadian journalism practice.  Projects are carried out with the intention of publishing, broadcast, or other forms of public dissemination and must adhere to professional standards and ethics.

Outside elective (3)
One elective outside the School of Journalism must be taken during the course of study. It may be taken during any one of the three semesters. The elective should be chosen in consultation with your supervisor or the School of Journalism Graduate Studies Coordinator.