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Our bachelor’s program is the perfect launching pad for your journalism career. This two year intensive studies program builds on previous university experience to help you become a well-rounded, highly skilled journalist. You will graduate with a strong portfolio, industry contacts, and a sense of purpose.
CBC Toronto’s Madeline Kotzer during her internship
CBC Toronto’s Madeline Kotzer during her internship

From the very first day of class, you'll learn how to gather and report stories that matter. You'll learn how to conduct yourself ethically and do excellent research, which are the foundations of journalism. In class, you'll discuss what's going on in the world, and how journalism can make a difference. Our instructors will work with you to master the technical side of journalism as well, including publication design, posting stories online, taking great photos, operating broadcast cameras and more. You'll graduate fully equipped to walk into any newsroom and thrive.

Before students apply to the School of Journalism, they accumulate a set of prescribed general Arts courses. We refer to this period as 'pre-journalism.' When students have completed pre-journalism -- usually after two years of university studies -- they apply to enter the School. If accepted, they spend the next two years of their university career in intensive journalism studies, graduating with a four-year bachelor's degree.

Students admitted to the School of Journalism will take three semesters of course work and a semester-long internship in a medium in print, radio, television, multimedia and newsroom. The first semester begins with ethical studies and basic research, interviewing and reporting skills in print, broadcast and online. In the second semester, we move it up a notch, introducing investigative journalism, current affairs broadcasting, elective studies in journalism topics and photojournalism.

During their first winter semester, students also run the campus-community online news site Ink Online, and have their radio work aired on CJTR community radio.

In the summer and fall, students fan out across the country for their internships, returning for the final winter semester to take journalism electives such as documentary video, magazine writing and advanced print. It's an intense program of studies, but one that ensure students gain the widest possible range of knowledge and skills to launch their journalism careers.

Students in the BAJ program may also work on a minor in Arts, Fine Arts or Sciences. Courses taken in pre-journalism may be applied to a minor in any of these areas. Students may declare up to two minors (18–24 credit hours). Students wishing to do so must maintain a 65% average in the classes used to fulfill the requirements of a minor. For information on requirements please look under the appropriate subject area in the University of Regina Calendar. At least 9 credit hours of the minor must be taken at the University of Regina.

Students must meet the required standard in this internship to obtain the degree. Students must also achieve a minimum average of 65% per semester in journalism, with no failures, in order to continue in the program.

To be eligible to apply for admission to the BA in Journalism program, a student must have an undergraduate degree, or have completed the pre-journalism with an academic average of at least 70%.

Pre-journalism program provides applicants with a liberal arts foundation.  These 60 credit hours include some specific courses (as listed below). Students are advised to develop a concentration of study in not more than two disciplines.

Pre-journalism requirements:

  • ENGL 100
  • Any course in MATH, STAT, CS (except CS 100), PHIL 150, 352, 450, 452, 460, SOST 201, ECON 224
  • Any course in ART, ARTH, CTCH, FA, FILM, MU, MUCO, MUEN, MUHI, MUTH, THAC, THDS, THEA or THST
  • Any course in ASTR, BIOL, CHEM, GEOL or PHYS that has a laboratory component, or GEOG 121
  • One of the following:  ENGL 110,  RLST 245 or 248, PHIL 100 or SOST 110
  • Any two language courses in the same language other than English
  • Any course in ANTH, GEOG 100, 120 or RLST (except RLST 181, 184, 186, 188, 281, 284, 288)
  • Any course in HIST or CLAS 100 or IDS 100
  • Any course in ECON, IS, JS, PSCI, PSYC, SOC, SOST, WGST or GEOG (except GEOG 100, 120, 121, 309, 321,
  •    323, 325, 327, 329, 333, 411, 421, 423, 429, or 431),
  • Any course in INA, INAH, INCA, INDG, INHS or any one of ENGL 310AA-ZZ; GEOG 344; HIST 310; JS 350, 351;
  •    PSCI 338 or SOC 214 or other courses approved by the Faculty of Arts as having substantial Indigenous content,
  •    including special studies course
  • THREE courses chosen from THREE of the following groups:
  • Any ECON course
  • A course emphasizing Canadian history
  • A course above the introductory level emphasizing Canadian politics and government
  • A course dealing with the media in a social science context : SOST 110, INCA 283, PSCI 434
  • Six additional electives

All students who complete the above requirements will be considered for admission; however, students are advised to complete ENGL 110 and PHIL 150 among their core requirements. They are further advised to complete their second language requirement in French. Finally, students are advised to choose some of the following courses as electives: SOC 100 and/or SOC 203; PSCI 100 and/or PSCI 230; ENGL 251, 351.

Students who complete the pre-journalism program must apply for admission to the School of Journalism.  The school accepts applications every January.  Consul the ‘How to apply’ tab for details.

Students wishing to begin the pre-journalism part of the program at the University of Regina should contact the Admissions Department at theUniversity of Regina (306-585-4591), regarding admission to the Faculty of Arts through the University of Regina, Campion College, Luther College or the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College (as a pre-journalism student).

For further information on the BAJ program, please visit the School of Journalism section of the Undergraduate Calendar.

The annual application deadline for undergraduate studies is Feb. 15.

Please follow the instructions under the 'Apply' menu item.

FIRST SEMESTER

JRN 300 Introduction to Print Journalism

Students will study and practice newsgathering fundamentals and principles in reporting for daily and weekly newspapers and their websites. Focused on information gathering andclear, complete, accurate and fair story writing to deadlines, this course covers the essentials of headline writing, page layout and editing according to the Canadian Press style guidelines followed by newspapers across the country.

JRN 301 Introduction to Broadcast Journalism

Students will study and practice  newsgathering, writing and reporting for the broadcast news format of radio and television. A focus on the development of broadcast specific skills enables students to better understand and communicate daily events and issues of public importance.

JRN 302 Rights and Responsibilities of the Journalist

Students will take a critical look at the social role and ethical responsibilities of the news media. An introduction to journalistic responsibilities and legal parameters.The course covers court reporting, use of images, libel and slander, protecting sources, etc.  It focuseson understanding the rights of the journalist, including freedom of expression, access to information and the justice system.

JRN 303 Research Techniques for Journalists

An introduction to well-researched and well-told reporting the course covers building a research file, research sources and tools, libraries and archives, fact checking, placing facts within narrative structure, engaging and informing the reader, using research to enhance descriptive power, and analyzing and translating complex information for a mass audience.

JRN 304 Foundations of Interviewing for Journalists

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of conducting a successful interview. It focuses on developing interview techniques and style, accurate note-taking, the process of re-telling people's stories, placing interviews within narrative structure, handling ethical dilemmas, active listening, understanding memory and human psychology and the analysis of live and taped interviews.

SECOND SEMESTER

JRN 305 Intermediate Print Journalism: The Multimedia News Room

Students continue their study and practice of newsgathering and writing for daily news, in print and on the web with in-depth reporting on current issues.  The focus  shifts to beat coverage, print and web production, preparation of features, backgrounders and analysis pieces and ethical and style guidelines for news.  Topics covered include a critical study of the policies and ownership patterns of Canadian daily and weekly newspapers and a review of examples of excellent investigative journalism, models of excellence in print journalism  are analyzed, examined and debated.

JRN 306 Intermediate Broadcast Journalism in a MultiMedia Environment

Students continue  their study and practice of newsgathering, writing and reporting for radio, television and multimedia newsrooms.  The focus shifts to longer form broadcast reporting, with specific attention to the skills needed to fit in-depth analysis and commentary of public issues into a variety of broadcast formats ranging from talk tapes to mini documentaries.

JRN 307 Investigative Journalism

The history and social role of investigative journalism is examined. Students will explore investigative tools and techniques, including accessing public information, approaching and interviewing hostile sources, computer assisted reporting, online resources, ethical pitfalls, journalistic numeracy, avoiding legal problems, ensuring accuracy, fact-checking and security.

JRN 308 Contemporary Issues in Journalism

This course explores contemporary threats to journalistic freedom and excellence, including: media concentration; commercialization; systemic bias; war, media-violence and crime reportage; panic campaigns; job-insecurity and self-censorship and; the vast apparatus of manipulation and disinformation. Each of these problems involve threats to fairness, accuracy and professional credibility in reporting. They also pose a clear and present danger to independent thought and action, the bedrock of a democratic society.

Plus one 300 level journalism elective.


THIRD OR FOURTH SEMESTER

JRN 400 Internship

The internship spans a period of three to four months to be served in the field in a work/study capacity. Students select prospective internships and are interviewed for placements with media outlets. However, final decisions on placements are at the discretion of the School. Students must accept placements as assigned. Internships are offered in the Summer or Fall semesters.

FIFTH AND FINAL SEMESTER

JRN 401 Advanced Print Journalism

This advanced elective focuses on specialized reporting of news and current affairs and the research and writing of opinion pieces and editorials. Students are expected to bring an analytical approach to the course following the internship experience, monitor major print media coverage of particular issues and research and investigate stories independently. Students may also work directly with editors to contribute stories for their communities.

AND/OR

JRN 402 Advanced Broadcast Journalism

This advanced elective focuses on the  study and practice of, news gathering, writing, and reporting on current affairs for the broadcast media. Students are expected to bring an analytical approach to the course following the internship experience, monitor major broadcast media coverage of particular issues and research and investigate stories independently.

Electives

Students in their final semester must take at least 9 credit hours of 400 level journalism courses. Their remaining 6 credit hours may be 300 level journalism electives, 400 level journalism electives or courses from outside the School.

A number of these elective courses will be offered each semester. The courses offered will depend on the availability of instructors, funding and demand.