NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.
This program addresses the broad changes occurring in the media landscape and offers a progressive and refined curriculum that will allow you to focus on development of skills in the use of broadcast and electronic media.
Students in this program will develop the essential skills, knowledge, and behaviours required to work in this progressive field. In the first year, students are introduced to the core journalism skills and will begin to focus on broadcast and online media platforms in the second year.
Constant evolution of technology and the increasing development of new platforms of communication, traditional media professions such as journalism are constantly facing new opportunities, as well as new challenges. New forms of interactive media and changes in the delivery methods of traditional news have forced journalists and others within the journalism industry to change how they do their jobs. For instance, the continued growth of mobile internet usage is predicted to increase the public’s desire for more news and information on handheld devices, so outlets are increasingly creating content for online sources and through mobile devices.
Graduates will have developed skills in: broadcasting, reporting, interviewing, editing, writing, publishing and/or producing, developing teams and computing. You will have knowledge of applicable legislation, standards and professional ethics, and recognize the importance of continuous learning. More specifically, you will gain a clear understanding of the impact of digital technology on journalism and will be able to respond and adapt effectively and efficiently to technological changes.
Upon successful completion of this program you will have opportunities at an entry-level in a wide variety of news organizations and will have the skills to perform a range of tasks, including:
- Writing and capturing local, national and international news through interviews, investigating and observing
- Writing news stories for publication and/or broadcast
- Receiving, editing, analyzing and verifying news and others’ copy for accuracy
- Researching and conducting interviews as pre-production for radio, television and online programs
Post-admission Communications assessment
To help prepare you for success in your program and in your future career, all students accepted into this program will complete an assessment to determine their reading comprehension and writing skills. For more information, please visit the post-admission communications assessment webpage.
48-Hour Film Challenge
This fall you (and all of the students in your program) will participate in the second annual MAD 48–hour Film Challenge beginning on Tuesday October 10th, 2017! Over 500 students will participate in this year’s Challenge, under guidance from 38 staff and faculty.
Here’s how it works: We’ll mix you and your colleagues all into small interdisciplinary groups with other participating MAD programs, so you’ll have the opportunity to meet students from a variety of disciplines across the School. A line of dialogue, a genre, a prop and a character type will be assigned to each group and must appear in your short film.
Expectations and technical details will be discussed at a meeting in C113 on Tuesday, October 10th. The time of your specific meeting will be announced in class and posted on DC Connect (our online learning management system).
on Friday morning, October 13th at the Oshawa Cineplex Odeon, located at 1351 Grandview Street North. You can get there (using your student transit pass) on Durham Transit. Don’t miss this fun event!
A jury of industry professionals will attend the screening and select the top films for each genre and the best overall film. There will be an awards presentation immediately following the screening.
If you have any questions or need assistance during the MAD 48–hour Film Challenge, technical staff and faculty will be available during regular school hours in rooms B105 and L223.
*Please note that any religious observations will be accommodated. We hope (and expect) that you will participate and attend at times that are not affected by religious restrictions or commitments.