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become a media master and craft stories with bcit’s broadcast and online journalism program

Become a Media Master and Craft Stories with BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism Program

become a media master and craft stories with bcit’s broadcast and online journalism program

Become a Media Master and Craft Stories with BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism Program

There’s never been a better time to pursue studies in online journalism and broadcasting, than now! From research, to writing and real-world investigation, journalists and broadcasters are constantly in pursuit of the next big story. If you are interested in exploring the world through words, images and stories, BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism program might just be your calling!

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Why study Broadcast and Online Journalism at BCIT?

BCIT’s (British Columbia Institute of Technology) Broadcast and Online Journalism program is designed for students who wish to dive deep into the heart of society, uncover stories and truths, and share narratives that inform, inspire and challenge the status quo. From day one, students will start developing skills and obtaining knowledge that experienced journalists and media professionals use on a day-to-day basis. 

Program information

  • Department: School of Business & Media
  • Credential: Diploma
  • Length: 2 years (runs annually from September-May)
  • Delivery: Full-time & in-person at the Burnaby campus

What you’ll learn

Examples of courses include:

  • BCST 1108 – Video Journalism
  • BCST 1128 – On-Air Performance
  • BCST 2215 – Web Design for Journalists
  • BCST 2234 – Documentary Production 1
  • BCST 2238 – News Writing 2
  • COMM 1112 – Media Relations Skills for Journalists

In addition to classroom learning, students will have the opportunity to: 

  • Host a 30-minute news program that is broadcast online in real-time
  • Report from the field and in the studio at Evolution 107.9, Canada’s one and only student-run FM radio station
  • Product a variety of photos, video and audio clips for BCIT’s news site

Students will develop skills in areas like interviewing, announcing, writing, delivering stories (written and verbal), and acquiring industry internships. 

Application requirements

Applications begin October 1st (or next business day). Applicants will be accepted on a first-qualified basis, meaning that applications are accepted in the order in which they arrive as long as they (1) meet all of the requirements, and (2) availability of space remains. 

Applicants must demonstrate the following: 

  • English language proficiency: English Studies 12 (67%) or equivalent (Category 2)

OR

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall (no band less than 5.5)

OR

  • TOEFL: 86 overall (no section less than 20)

OR

  • Duolingo English Test: 120 overall (no subscore less than 95)

OR

  • See here for a full list of accepted tests and scores

Note 

International students must obtain a valid study permit before starting the program. 

Since there is a mandatory work component to qualify for graduation, students must obtain a co-op work permit prior to starting the program. 

How to apply

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card to pay the application fee.

See here for detailed instructions on how to apply. 

Future career opportunities

As new events develop and evolve, the demand for skilled journalists and broadcasters only continues to rise. The growth of online media platforms, streaming services and social media has expanded the reach and influence of journalism and broadcasting. As such, graduates of the program are well-positioned to leverage these technologies and platforms and combine them with their research skills to create compelling stories for the world to see. 

Over the years, graduates of the program have taken up the following roles:

  • Video Journalist
  • Field Reporter
  • Sportscaster
  • Sports Play by Play
  • Writer/Editor
  • Researcher
  • Media Relations
  • News Anchor/On-Air Host
  • Video/Digital Producer
  • Associate Producer
  • Feature Editor/Reporter
  • Online Writer/Editor

Source: BCIT – Broadcast and Online Journalism

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