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Journalism


Staff

Department Head: Mark Taylor

Graduate Coordinator: Trevor Grant, MFA

Faculty Listing:  http://www.uregina.ca/arts/journalism/faculty-staff/index.html


School Description

The School of Journalism features state-of-the-art facilities, including hands-on access to professional gear, AVID editing suites and fully equipped television and radio studios. Industry standard print production training integrates both established and current trends in online publication. School programs emphasize critical thinking, long-form documentary and investigative methods, professional and social responsibility and mastery of the full range of contemporary journalistic skills. We achieve these objectives through a balanced mix of classroom and studio instruction, followed by a full-term, paid newsroom internship. Small class sizes (max. 26 students) ensure one-on-one coaching and mentoring from experienced faculty. A nationally recognized pillar of the Regina program, internships at media outlets across Canada provide a well-rounded, work-ready education. Students build portfolios of their work through school publications such as The Crow, Ink and Ink Online, as well as the work they produce during internship placements. The School is committed to the liberal arts tradition, encourages campus-community engagement and is deeply rooted in journalism's democratic mission. The School has particular strengths in long-form, international, Indigenous and alternative journalism.

Program Description - First admission intake will be for the Fall 2015

Master of Journalism (MJ)

The professional Master's option in Journalism is a 30 credit program to be completed over three semesters. It is not an academic track degree; rather it is designed to develop students' capacity for advanced journalistic investigation. Candidates will take a suite of core courses in the theory, history and methods of journalism as well as two advanced specialization options (in print, magazine, broadcast, documentary, international media, alternative media or photojournalism). An outside elective will draw on the resources of other departments and programs and will be related to students' professional capstone projects. In lieu of a thesis, their professional Master’s project will be completed under the supervision of an assigned faculty member. Long-form journalism proposals may include a film or radio documentary; a creative non-fiction or investigative series for magazine, newspaper or online publication; a publisher-ready book proposal and first chapter; a photo-journalism exhibit; or a community-based media project. Students will follow a rigorous and methodical process of research planning and investigation to produce journalism of publication / broadcast quality. Proposals must meaningfully advance the public interest.  Students will also participate in a Master's workshop, as they move from the conceptualization and investigation phases to the project production phase. Candidates interested in the MJ program should contact the Graduate Program Coordinator.


Admission

Applicants must satisfy the admission requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research with the following additions (where applicable):

1. Program Entry Options
Bridging Option

Those with neither an undergraduate degree in journalism nor professional experience, but who hold an undergraduate degree in another discipline must apply as undergraduate Bridging Students to complete a select list of core undergraduate journalism courses, with a minimum 70 per cent average, before applying for the master’s programs. Applicants pursuing this option are normally expected to hold a four-year undergraduate degree. Please contact the School of Journalism for further information on how to apply as a Bridging Student.

Students admitted to the Bridging Program must successfully complete all requirements below before applying for admission and enrolling in the Master of Journalism (MJ).

Fall semester (15 cr. hrs) JRN 300 3 cr. hrs
JRN 301 3 cr. hrs
JRN 302 3 cr. hrs
JRN 303 3 cr. hrs
JRN 304 3 cr. hrs
Winter semester (15 cr. hrs) JRN 305 3 cr. hrs
JRN 306 3 cr. hrs
JRN 307 3 cr. hrs
JRN 308 3 cr. hrs
JRN 3xx level Elective 3 cr. hrs
Spring/Summer semester (15 cr. hrs) JRN 400* (Internship) 15 cr. hrs
TOTAL 45 cr. hrs

*Satisfactory completion of JRN 300, 301, 302, 303 and 304

Direct Entry Option
Those with an undergraduate degree in Journalism and at least three (3) years of professional experience in the journalism industry OR those with an undergraduate degree in another discipline with at least three (3) years of professional experience in the journalism industry will be considered for the one-year intensive graduate program. Applicants pursuing this option are normally expected to hold a four-year undergraduate degree.

Continuing Studies Option
Recent graduates of a journalism Bachelor’s program are encouraged to pursue at least three (3) years in the field of journalism before applying to the MJ program. However, graduating students who have a strong record of field experience before and/or during their academic careers—for example, through a combination of paid fulltime journalism internships; paid freelancing or journalism employment; and/or extensive involvement in community media or the student press—or who have major projects in development as a result of their undergraduate work, will be considered for admission under this option on a case-by-case basis, provided they meet the minimum requirements as set by FGSR.

Mid-Career Option
The mid-career admission option is designed for those applicants who have substantive professional experience as working journalists. In rare cases applicants with relevant professional experience but whose academic standing does not meet the minimum requirement as set by FGSR will have their applications considered for this admission option on a case-by-case basis. If approved, the acceptance will be probationary for the first semester, based on maintaining an overall GPA of 75% and no grade less than 70 percent.

2. Required Supplementary Materials
The following items are to be included in a single document emailed to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.

A. Entrance Option
State which entrance option you are pursuing: Direct Entry, Continuing Studies or Mid-Career. It is strongly recommended you contact the School of Journalism Graduate Studies Coordinator to confirm you have selected the appropriate category. Bridging Option applicants must apply to Undergraduate admissions – please contact the School of Journalism for further instructions.

B. Personal Statement
An approx. 300-word statement that summarizes your background and explains clearly why you wish to pursue a Master of Journalism degree at the University of Regina.

C. Project Proposal
The MJ is NOT a thesis-based program. Instead, students are expected to produce a major professional project of public interest journalism, such as a broadcast documentary, a series of feature articles, a photojournalism exhibit, a multi-media undertaking, or a community-based media project. Thesis-based research proposals will NOT be reviewed by the School of Journalism’s entrance committee. Applicants should be aware that the School of Journalism is focused on journalism, and does not offer a program of communications studies or public relations studies. Applicants are strongly advised to contact the School of Journalism Graduate Studies Coordinator before preparing their professional project proposal. The project proposal must follow this outline:
1. Topic Statement (approx. 100 words): A description of your inquiry, and why it matters.
2. Methods (approx. 200 words): What medium/media you intend to use, and why. How you will approach the topic.
3. Background (600-800 words): A more detailed explanation of the proposed project.
4. Statement of Ability (approx. 200 words): A description of the skills, knowledge and life experience you bring to the project. Why are you uniquely positioned to undertake this work?

D. C.V. and Professional Portfolio
Applicants must submit a C.V. and a portfolio of published works of journalism. Admissible materials may include any or all of the following: a web link to your broadcast demo reel; a link to a multi-media or web-based journalism project; electronic copies and/or web links to published articles or book chapters (6 max.); links to individual broadcast pieces (6 max.); a link to an online photojournalism gallery; a final report and/or link to a community media project you facilitated. Portfolio material must be web-based or, in the case of print articles, can be placed together in a single PDF or similar electronic file format. DVDs and memory sticks will not be accepted. Material must be English-language or translated to English.

3. Entrance Interview: (Direct Entry and Mid-Career Options)
Following a review of the application package, qualifying Direct Entry and Mid-Career applicants will be contacted to schedule an entrance interview (in person or by electronic means) with members of the School of Journalism Graduate Studies Committee. Students who have already successfully completed interviews as part of the School of Journalism’s Bridging and/or Undergraduate program entrance requirements will not be required to be interviewed.

4. English Language Proficiency
Mastery of the primary language of communication is essential to effective journalism practice. The School of Journalism’s language of instruction is English, and only English-language assignments are accepted. Students who fail to demonstrate superior written and spoken English language proficiency in submitted written materials and/or during an entrance interview will not be recommended as fully qualified students.

Students who are not native English speakers, must submit proof of English proficiency in the form of a recognized test, unless they attended a university recognized by the University of Regina and where the language of instruction was English. Minimum language proficiency requirements of the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research have to be met.

Application Deadline

Program intake is in the fall semster annually.  Applications are accepted throughout the year with two important deadlines to note:
- Applicants wishing to be considered for entrance scholarships must submit their completed application and all supporting documents by February 15. 
- Applicants should submit a complete application and all supporting documents by June 30 if they wish to be considered for admission during the current academic year. However, applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the School begins sending acceptance offers in February, and available seats may fill up.
- International applicants should note that obtaining a study visa may take several months.  It is recommended you plan your application timing accordingly.


Master's Professional Project
Guidelines & Deadlines - please refer to the School of Journalism

The Master's professional project (JRN 902) is a final test of the student's ability as a practicing journalist.  It is intended to demonstrate the student's ability to plan, conduct and sustain in-depth research over a period of several months, the ability to gather and organize a large amount of material, and the capacity to present that material in a clear, accessible, professional format that potentially benefits the public.  Students will gain the opportunity to think beyond daily deadlines and practice the craft at its highest level, long form documentary journalism.

The independent project work is conducted under the supervision of an accredited FGSR full-time faculty member in the School of Journalism and a second reader.  The final project should reflect high quality public interest journalism.  It should be completed to a standard that is ready for publishing and/or broadcasting, and be accompanied by a bibliography of sources consulted and a list of contacts made.  In the case of a community project, the final report shall include participant evaluation, with any materials produced in the course of the project attached.


 
Master of Journalism (MJ) Program

Degree Requirements

Semester 1 JRN 799 0 cr. hrs
JRN 800 3 cr. hrs
JRN 810 3 cr. hrs
JRN 880 3 cr. hrs
800/900 level elective* 3 cr. hrs
JRN 902 (project to be completed over 3 semesters) 0 cr. hrs
Semester 2 JRN 818 3 cr.hrs

One of:
  JRN 801
  JRN 802

3 cr. hrs
JRN 8xx 3 cr. hrs
JRN 902 (Project) 0 cr. hrs
Semester 3 JRN 902 (Project Completion) 9 cr. hrs
TOTAL 30 cr. hrs

*Please note the elective course may be taken in any of the three semesters.

Course Descriptions


JRN 799 Journalism Ethics and Professional Standards Review (0)
This online course tests students’ understanding of ethical/legal standards in Canadian journalism. Topics include plagiarism, libel, information rights, publication bans, ethical interviewing, Indigenous protocols, protection of sources, use of images, due diligence, and other foundational standards of practice in a Canadian context. Successful completion is required in the first semester of program.
Prerequisites: Full or provisional acceptance into the Master of Journalism program.

JRN 800 Research Methods in Journalism (3)
This course is designed to explore different research approaches useful for graduate journalism students.  Students will get acquainted with qualitative, quantitative and applied journalistic methods, and will work toward development of a project proposal.  Permission of the Department is required.

JRN 801 (401) Advanced Print (3)
Focuses on specialized reporting of news and current affairs, writing of opinion pieces and editorials. Students are expected to bring an analytical approached to the course following the internship experience, monitor major print media coverage of particular issues, and research and investigative stories independently.

JRN 802 (402) Advanced Broadcast and Current Affairs (3)
Advanced study and practice of current affairs, news gathering, writing, and reporting for the broadcast media.  Students are expected to bring an analytical approach to the course, monitor major broadcast media coverage of particular issues, and research and investigate stories independently.

JRN 810 A Critical History of the Media, Journalism and Social Regulation (3)
This course provides a critical introduction to the history of mass media and journalism.  Students will examine some major milestones and issues in the construction of media cultures, the ongoing invention of journalism and the struggle for a democratic public sphere.

JRN 811 (411) Documentary Theory and Production (3)
An introduction to the theory and practice involved in radio/TV documentary documentaries.  The genre is examined from historical and contemporary perspectives.  Working in small groups, students are responsible for the delivery of a substantial documentary.

JRN 812 (312) Photojournalism (3)
A detailed examination fo the photojournalist's role in the news gathering process.  A focus on communicating through imagery and the power of visual story telling, with emphasis on practical techniques and problem solving.

JRN 813 (413) Magazine and Literary Journalism (3)
An intensive writing seminar/workshop with focus on developing the creative voice and how to apply literary conventions to journalistic writing.  A detailed examination of the roots of New Journalism, creative non-fiction, literary journalism, self-directed journalism and freelance environment.

JRN 815 (415) International Media (3)
This study of the role of media in the process of globalization and development, with a focus on learning journalistic skills and practices accepted in and by the media of different countries, and reportage of world event and issues in media outside North America.

JRN 818 Master's Workshop on Journalism Projects (3)
Students will circulate and present the advanced journalism project proposals they finalized in the fall term.  Each weekly workshop will focus on one or two projects and will be conducted under the supervision of the presenting student's faculty supervisor(s).  All school faculty and students will be encouraged to attend and participate.

JRN 819 (419) Alternative and Community Journalism (3)
An examination of the emergence of the citizen journalist within the context of global media, with a focus on the connection to social movements and social change.  Emphasis on alternative and community media in theory and practice, with hands on learning experiences provided.

JRN 880 Critical Approaches to Media and Journalism Studies (3)
This course surveys a range of theoretical approaches to the field of mass communications, popular culture and journalism.  A mixture of lecture, roundtable discussions, media screenings, on-line discussion forum and student presentations.  Permission of the Department Head is required to register.

JRN 881AA-ZZ Selected Topics
Courses designed to address selected topics in journalism.

JRN 882 Indigenous People and The Press (3)  (201910)
This course investigates the fairness, accuracy and inclusion of Indigenous representations in the media. Topics range from under-representation, under-reporting of Indigenous issues, media cultural imperialism, framing from the ‘romantic Indian’, ‘the Hollywood Indian’, to the ‘criminal Indian’, and difficult reporting challenges and alternatives.
*Cross-listed with JRN 482

JRN 901 Thesis (3-18)  (201910)
Thesis ressearch on journalism topics.

JRN 902 Professional Project (9)
In consultation with a supervisor, students will complete a substantial work of public affairs journalism that will advance Canadian journalism practice.  Projects are carried out with the intention of publishing, broadcast, or other forms of public dissemination and must adhere to professional standards and ethics.