MJ Courses & Descriptions
A rich menu of mandatory and elective courses – both professional and academic – is available for you.
Here are a few of the highlights. You can find a full listing in the graduate calendar.
This is your deep plunge into covering the news. You’ll learn everything from how to find a news story, identify sources, and write a news story to how to use photography, graphics and social media to get the story out. Classes include lectures, field trips, guests from the working media and discussions of your work. And you’ll get plenty of chance to practice your new skills.
Television Journalism/Video Storytelling - JOUR5202
Journalism at its best can shake the foundations of attitudes and assumptions, policies and governments. Video journalism – the journalism of pictures and words – can do so in even more potent ways. Think images from Vietnam. The protestor and the tank in Tiananmen Square. Refugees desperately trying to reach friendly shores. This course teaches you visual literacy and the skills you need to work as a video journalist in a digital age.
Radio Journalism/Audio Storytelling - JOUR5202
Radio remains an important medium for breaking news and long-form documentaries and audio is becoming an increasingly popular format for creative and innovative storytellers. This intense six-week workshop offers solid training in the expertise students need to produce outstanding audio journalism for a variety of media platforms.
Reporting Methods - JOUR5206
Scripted events. Secret meetings. No-interview policies. In the so-called Information Age, figuring out what’s going on can be harder than ever. You’ll learn how to obtain useful information, make sense of it, and shape it into compelling stories. You’ll get a solid grounding in freedom-of-information laws, business records, data journalism and document hunting.
Video Documentary - JOUR5508X
How can your story reach Werner Hertzog’s definition of “the ecstatic truth”? It depends on your approach to the business, history, and fundamentals of documentary filmmaking. Be prepared to debate ethical issues and deconstruct audio-visual storytelling techniques before presenting your own story ideas. You’ll then experience first-hand how the roles of journalist and artist collide when you break into small teams to produce a short documentary.
Magazine - JOUR5508Y
Believe it or not, in the age of texts and tweets, long-form journalism is thriving, and the magazines (print and online) that publish them are thriving too. In this course, you’ll read a wide range of classic and contemporary non-fiction, learn how to work with an editor, master the art and craft of writing long pieces, and explore the world of freelance writing in Canada and beyond.
Strategic Communication - JOUR5508G/H
This course is about the practice and business of strategic communication. It is designed for students intending to pursue careers in journalism or communications. It is a lab-based course built around a collaborative, group-based exercise aimed at producing a professional-level strategic communications plan for a selected organization. The student teams work with, and produce workable strategic solutions, to meet the real communications issues and needs of their client organization.
Data Journalism Storytelling - JOUR5508E
Don’t let the numbers scare you – this is all about storytelling. You’ll learn how to analyze and map data, and turn numbers into powerful and important stories about everything from restaurant inspections to aircraft safety. No 21st century storyteller is complete without the skills you’ll learn in this course.
Centretown, Capital News and iPolitics
This year we are offering an interesting opportunity in the Centretown News (JOUR 5704) and Capital News (JOUR 5705) workshops. The School has made an arrangement with iPolitics, the widely respected, Ottawa-based digital news company that will involve senior students with an interest in political coverage (particularly but not exclusively municipal affairs).
Up to 24 BJ4s and MJs enrolled in those workshops will be able to immerse themselves in iPolitics’ downtown Ottawa newsroom while producing content for course assignments (including online and print publication) that will be collaboratively produced with and potentially posted simultaneously by iPolitics. This partnership is in conjunction with iPolitics’ planned expansion into the local news market — first in Ottawa and possibly in other cities across the country.
The opportunity to experience a professional digital newsroom for a stretch of six weeks (principally during class time) will be available to as many as 12 students (eight from Centretown News and four from Capital News) in each of the Fall and Winter terms.
Because spots are limited, interested students must first register in the workshop of their choice and then apply for an iPolitics spot by August 1, 2016 – click on either Centretown-iPolitics or Capital News-iPolitics for details.