Corus News and Global Entertainment Donate $16,000 to New Journalism and Creative Writing Program at Trent

October 3, 2019

Gift will be used to establish annual prize for fourth-year students going into work placement

Trent University receives a cheque for sixteen thousand dollars from Corus Entertainment

Breaking news! One of Trent University Durham GTA’s newest programs has just received a valuable tip to begin telling its story.

Corus News and Global Entertainment has made a $16,000 donation to the new Journalism & Creative Writing program to support career-boosting learning experiences and student achievements.

An annual Corus Entertainment Student Prize worth $500 will be awarded to a fourth-year student enrolled in the Journalism and Creative Writing program, which is set to launch in fall 2020, to assist in supporting work associated with the final year work placement.

“I always welcome ways of rewarding student excellence,” said Dr. Scott Henderson, dean and head of Trent University Durham GTA. “With the launch of the Journalism and Creative Writing program, it is exciting to have Corus on board. Their innovative approach to new programming and content creation aligns well with our aspirations for the new joint diploma-degree.”

The new program is a unique collaboration between Trent University Durham GTA and Durham College and is aimed at helping students build a strong portfolio of work that will help launch their career in journalism, broadcasting, and media. Students will build foundational knowledge in writing and critical thinking at the Trent University Durham GTA location and will be taught the fundamentals of journalism through experiential learning at Durham College. They will graduate with both a degree and a diploma in just four years.

“Global News is proud to support the future of journalism and the community through this award,” said Ward Smith, senior vice-president of Global News. “At a time when truth and facts matter more than ever, it’s encouraging to see so many young curious minds steering their education toward a future career in journalism. Our commitment to these students remains a priority to us.”

Dr. Scott Henderson is confident in the positive impact Corus’ involvement will make within the Journalism and Creative Writing Integrated Diploma-Degree program.

“Through their various channels and other platforms, Corus has been bringing Canadian-made content to Canadian audiences, while supporting our vibrant production, distribution, and broadcast industries,” said Professor Henderson. “Trent and Durham College envision a joint degree-diploma program that will enable our graduates to succeed in 21st Century journalism, and Corus is precisely the type of forward-thinking company with which we are pleased to work.”

Learn more about the Journalism and Creative Writing program at Trent University Durham GTA .

Learn more about how to make a donation at Trent University.