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Bachelor's Degree Program

Journalism

Want to know the best reasons to earn your journalism degree from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan?

  • Only journalism program in Canada that offers paid 13-week internships
  • 90 per cent of our journalism degree graduates land jobs in the field within a year of graduation
  • Key courses capped at 26 students to ensure personal attention needed to grow your talent and professionalism

Whether you want to work in print/online, television, radio, documentary, literary journalism, or investigative fields, this bachelor’s degree in journalism teaches you to:

  • Do research and interviews
  • Communicate clearly
  • Think critically
  • Report accurately
  • Better understand public affairs
  • Identify and avoid misinformation and media bias
  • Use social media to handle the pressures of the 24/7 news cycle
  • Work inside studios with the same editing, camera and sound equipment used in media today
  • Build inclusive and respectful work-teams

Your journalism journey starts here. First, you complete university undergraduate and pre-journalism courses, which typically takes two years. Then, you apply to the School of Journalism. If accepted, you complete two years of intensive journalism classes and work with faculty-mentors who teach relevant courses such as:

  • Rights and Responsibilities of the Journalist
  • Photojournalism
  • Investigative Journalism
  • Advanced Radio, Documentary and Magazine Writing

What is Journalism?

If the idea of chasing down information, experts and facts sounds fun, then our bachelor’s degree in journalism makes a good match for your interests and aspirations!

A long-standing profession, journalism changes constantly. It attracts smart, curious people.

In journalism courses, you learn to think critically and skeptically, as you investigate issues important to our communities.

Sometimes that means holding those in power accountable. Sometimes that means telling important stories that inspire. Sometimes that means providing details to keep people safe.

The importance of journalism keeps growing — and it goes beyond words and images. At the University of Regina, learn the value of clarity, accuracy and viewpoint diversity.

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Program: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism Bachelor of Journalism (after-degree option)
Length: BA in Journalism: 4 years (2 years pre-journalism / undergraduate university studies + 2 years intensive journalism studies) Bachelor of Journalism: 2 years intensive journalism studies (for students who already hold an undergraduate degree in something else)
Offered Through: University of Regina Campion College First Nations University of Canada Luther College
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Why Study Journalism at the University of Regina?

We are the only journalism program in Canada that offers paid 13-week internships. Also, your day-to-day coursework at the University of Regina functions as a living laboratory.

Write and produce news stories constantly. Meet people from all walks of life. Even better? Complete all assignments with access to world-class journalism facilities that feature:

  • Fully functioning television and radio studios
  • Unlimited access to radio and television editing suites
  • Wide range of video/DSLR cameras, lenses, microphones and lighting equipment
  • A computer workstation for each student
  • New or upgraded computers in every lab, studio and editing suite

We offer $60,000 in scholarships and awards annually, including scholarships to intern abroad.

The U of R welcomes students from many countries and from different backgrounds. We also embrace diverse voices and perspectives, and are committed to the U of R's important role in advancing truth and reconciliation. The U of R journalism school emphasizes inclusion, equity and diversity as core newsroom and classroom values.

Journalism Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the School of Journalism to earn this journalism degree?

Step 1

Complete the Pre-Journalism prerequisite courses. You can do this at the U of R as a Faculty of Arts student. You can start this program in either Fall, Winter, or Spring/Summer terms, and when applying online, you should select:

  • Application Level: Undergraduate
  • Application Type: Choose the appropriate application that best describes your educational background:
    • High School Student (if you are a domestic student with no post-secondary completed), or
    • College/University Student (if you are a domestic student with some post-secondary completed), or
    • International/Study Permit (if you will be on a study permit when you attend the U of R)
  • Program of Study: Pre-Journalism Program-Faculty of Arts

Step 2

Once you've completed Pre-Journalism (or you're on track to finish before the fall semester), you can apply to the School of Journalism. If you already hold an undergraduate degree, you can start here too. When applying online, you should select:

  • Application Level: Undergraduate 
  • Application Type: Choose the appropriate application that best describes you:
    • College/University Student (if you have not been accepted to the U of R in the past), or
    • Re-Admit/Faculty Transfer (if you are a current or returning U of R student), or
    • International/Study Permit (if you will be on a study permit when you attend the U of R)
  • Program of Study: Choose one of the following program options:
    • Journalism (Pre-Journalism Completed), Bachelor-Fac of Arts - this is the Bachelor of Arts in Journalism option for applicants who have completed the Pre-Journalism program either at the U of R or another university. Note: You can start this program in the Fall term only, and the application period is October 1 - February 15 each year. Applications are reviewed in a competitive pool after February 15th. Applications received after February 15th will be considered by the School, as long as capacity is available in the program.
    • Journalism (After-Degree/Bridging Prg), Bachelor-Fac of Arts - this is the option for applicants who have already completed a degree, and wish to complete the Bachelor of Arts inJournalism after-degree program or who may be required to complete additional undergraduate Journalism courses (the "Bridging Program") for entry to the Master of Journalism program. Note: You can start these programs in the Fall term only, and the application period is October 1 - February 15 each year. Applications are reviewed in a competitive pool after February 15th. Applications received after February 15th will be considered by the School, as long as capacity is available in the program.

Step 3

If accepted, complete four semesters in intensive journalism studies, including your 13 week internship.

 

What journalism courses will I take?

Your U of R journalism degree plan includes introductory, intermediate and advanced courses in print/digital journalism and broadcast/multimedia journalism.

Other required journalism courses include:

  • Rights and Responsibilities of the Journalist
  • Research Techniques for Journalists
  • Foundations of Interviewing for Journalists
  • Contemporary Issues in Journalism
Also, pick from elective journalism courses such as documentary journalism, photojournalism, magazine writing and investigative journalism.
What journalism scholarships are available?
We offer nearly 30 journalism scholarships and awards, totaling $60,000 annually.
Are there study abroad opportunities?
Yes! U of R even awards scholarships so that you can complete your internship with media outlets abroad.

Journalism Program Concepts and Goals

The Bachelor of Journalism degree at the University of Regina prepares you to engage and inform Canadians and people across the globe.

Build skills

  • Cover daily or breaking news
  • Produce documentary-length broadcast pieces
  • Write long-form nonfiction magazine articles
  • Develop photojournalism and visual storytelling techniques
  • Do in-depth investigative reporting
  • Build strong newsroom teams
  • Identify bias and propaganda techniques.

Tackle issues

  • How to discuss and debate ethics
  • What research methods meet professional standards, including the rights and responsibilities of using first-person sources and materials
  • How issues of race, class and gender intersect with journalistic responsibility

Get jobs

Complete your Bachelor of Journalism degree and compete for a variety of jobs in journalism.

The U of R journalism program produces talented and qualified general assignment reporters with professionalism and the required analytical training and technical skills to hit the ground running.

What Can You Do With a Journalism Degree?

More than 90 per cent of our journalism degree graduates land jobs in the field within a year of graduation.

Graduates of the U of R School of Journalism with a bachelor’s degree in journalism pursue a variety of journalism jobs such as these.

Many have gone on to become newsroom leaders.

To explore minors that may be available in this program area, please visit the Academic Calendar or meet with your faculty advisor in the Academic Advising Office after you are admitted.

  • Staff writer / reporter for print, online, radio or television media outlets
  • Staff or freelance feature reporter / writer for news organizations, magazines or top online outlets
  • Multimedia specialist for news outlets or other organizations
  • Social media manager for news outlets or other organizations
  • Photojournalist
  • Investigative journalist
  • Documentary maker
  • Media relations specialist
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