Your learning experience will be complemented by a seven-week field placement at the end of the fourth semester in the Journalism – Mass Media program, which will provide you with hands-on experience within your field of study. Students gain valuable experience in a professional workplace setting, allowing them to apply the theoretical knowledge and skills learned in the classroom. Students taking the Journalism advanced diploma program will have an additional four-week field placement at the end of the sixth semester.
Past placement opportunities have included:
In the second year of the Journalism - Mass Media program, students take class in the morning and work full-time in the Chronicle newsroom in the afternoon. Using all the foundations learned in year one, students edit video and audio, present on Riot Radio as a host, create online and print content for The Chronicle, and stay active across social media platforms. Additionally, students have the opportunity to take those transferrable skills and work with external partners to write stories, produce documentaries and create online content. These opportunities have taken students overseas to the Caribbean, Peru, and Kenya with further trips planned for Guatemala and a return trip to Kenya. These experiential learning opportunities build essential employability skills for students and accelerate the transition from school to employment.
Journalism – Mass Media students also have opportunities to work directly with real industry clients, including not-for-profit and community organizations. These projects provide students with access to real-time coaching and feedback from their professors. They all promote teamwork and help students develop and test the vital soft skills that are necessary to succeed the field.
Check out behind-the-scenes action from several recent student-client collaborations in the DC student-produced videos below: