We're committed to your academic and professional success.
From our School policies governing your journalism to our Undergraduate team, we’ll ensure you have the support you need as you journey through our program.
Understanding our Journalism policies
Our Ethics Policy policy sets out the rules of behaviour that you, as students and journalists, are expected to follow.
Our Publishing Policy requires certain authorizations before journalistic coursework can be published outside of the class. In addition, your sources must understand that any assignments they are associated with may be published outside of class.
Our Electronic Material Usage Policy requires that you follow copyright regulations with respect to your use of all materials culled from the internet.
Navigating through the program
Best of all, we are here to help you along the way.
Different questions can be answered by different departments of the University. The following chart will help you navigate the resources.
|I’m looking to:||Where to start?|
|Understand my audit||Journalism Undergraduate Administrator|
|Plan out course selection in my major/minor||Journalism Undergraduate Administrator|
|Gain course access||All registration activity is managed online through Carleton Central. If you are missing a prerequsite, submit an Override Request through the Main Menu of Carleton Central.|
|Take courses at another institution in Canada||If applying to a Letter of Permission, the Registrar’s Office will oversee your application. The Journalism Undergraduate Administrator can assist once the credits appear on your audit.|
|Go on exchange||Information on applying for the Exchange Process can be found at the International Student Services Office. To learn how exchange would impact your courses contact the Journalism Undergraduate Administrator.|
|Prepare for registration or register for courses||For assistance navigating the registration system, review the Registration website. Your Journalism Undergraduate Administrator can assist with course selection.|
|Improve my grades or my study skills||Centre for Student Academic Success|
|Improve my work in first-year Journalism||Check the Student Academic Success Centre program called PASS.|
|Get help as an international student||International Student Services Office|
Still have a question?
You can contact us or book an appointment through our Advising Request Form. Depending on what you’re wondering about, your Journalism Undergraduate Administrator will either help you directly, or refer you to your Undergraduate Supervisor.
From your Carleton account, send an email when you have a question, can’t locate information, or have a change in your student status or situation. Your Undergraduate Administrator will review your file and help you find the information you need.
Normal response time for email is 2-3 business days, and longer during peak times of the year such as registration.
You can set up a consultation to do the following:
- review all components of your journalism major
- discuss academic difficulties, low GPA, and academic improvement planning
- discuss your exchange, letter of permission or transfer credits
- create a hypothetical course plan for the future
Staying in touch
Computer and equipment purchase recommendations
What type of computer and software should I have for the program?
When on campus, you’ll work in our Mac-based Journalism labs. If you are planning to buy a new laptop for school, this does NOT mean you are required to have a Mac, although that’s our recommendation. If you prefer a PC, that’s fine, too.
For Mac users – we suggest you consider one of the several versions of a MacBook Pro (Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a MacBook Air). Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:
- Apple M2 chip
- 16 GB RAM
- 512 GB SSD hard drive
- Retina display
For PC users – we suggest you check out Dell Latitude (Note: We strongly recommend that you do NOT purchase a Chromebook or other basic Web-based laptop). Here are the minimum specifications we recommend:
- Intel 12th Generation i7 or newer CPU – or AMD equivalent
- Windows 11 Pro
- 16 GB RAM
- 512 GB SSD hard drive
- 1920×1080 monitor resolution or greater
It is imperative that you have an external hard drive with a minimum of 1 TB of space to archive and back up your files. Computers sometimes crash and maintaining a proper backup of your system and project files will ensure you don’t have substantial data loss.
We highly recommend that you have a USB flash drive (minimum 16 GB) for day-to-day file storage.
Also, purchasing a printer for home use if you don’t already have one is a good idea.
Microsoft Office 365
You will need an office software suite for your class assignments. You can use Microsoft Office 365 for PCs and Mac (It’s free for all Carleton students: https://carleton.ca/its/ms-offer-students/). You can also use the free OpenOffice apps. Each of these office suites will produce and read documents in the MS Word format, which is the word processing program used by the School.
Adobe Creative Cloud
As a journalism student, you will be provided with an Adobe Creative Cloud license at the start of the second year to use while you are in the BJ program. This licence will allow you to install and use all Adobe software titles – Premiere Pro, After Effects, Lightroom, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign and Audition – on your personal computer.