A new degree/diploma program at Trent University Durham GTA and Durham College is poised to answer the call for the next generation of journalists, preparing graduates with the practical media production experience and crucial communications skills needed to be successful in today’s content-driven world.
The new integrated Journalism and Creative Writing program offers students the opportunity to develop career-based skills in journalism, social media and content creation. Students graduate with both a Bachelor of Arts degree in Media Studies from Trent University and a diploma in Journalism - Mass Media from Durham College – all in just four years. Applications are now being accepted for a September 2020 start.
In addition to critical thinking and writing skills developed at Trent University, students will build a strong portfolio of work and gain hands-on experience in Durham College’s ‘working newsroom’ and a variety of writing workshops. They will also gain valuable career experience through a seven-week field placement, working with top media outlets including Global, CBC, CTV News, Metroland, and more.
“We are preparing students for their future literary livelihoods,” explains Dr. Ihor Junyk, director of the new Journalism and Creative Writing program at Trent University Durham GTA. “By combining Trent’s expertise in interdisciplinary study with a focus on both critical and creative work, and Durham College’s expertise in media content creation for multiple platforms, we hope to give the next generation of writers and journalists the skills they need to thrive in the changing media landscape.”
This program responds to the ways that journalism is changing and the job market’s growing demand for savvy communications professionals who can contribute to the success of a variety of businesses and organizations. Graduates are expected to secure roles within traditional media outlets, as well as cultural organizations, major corporations and a variety of public and private sector employers.
“This partnership has been designed to create sought-after graduates poised to make an impact on their community and the world,” says Teresa Goff, Durham College Journalism professor and academic liaison for the Journalism and Creative Writing program. “Not only will students engage in deep thinking at Trent and develop journalistic core competencies such as writing, editing and communicating on multiple platforms here at DC, our graduates will have the chance to work with organizations here and abroad to develop and hone their media and content creation skills. This unique learning opportunity will prepare graduates for meaningful careers in a variety of professional organizations.”
Applications are now being accepted for this program, which will welcome its first cohort of students in fall 2020. Learn more at trentu.ca/futurestudents/journalism.
About Trent University Durham GTA
Building on a tradition of academic excellence spanning over four decades in the east GTA, Trent University Durham offers a dynamic and rigorous educational experience rooted in the social sciences, humanities and professional programs. Students at Trent University Durham GTA enthusiastically speak of the unparalleled sense of community on campus and the opportunity to be involved in a vibrant and dynamic student life experience. Quickly becoming the campus of choice for top scholars looking for a truly personalized learning experience, Trent University Durham is conveniently located in the GTA, just 40 minutes from downtown Toronto while Trent's Peterborough campus boasts award-winning architecture in a breathtaking natural setting on the banks of the Otonabee River, just 90 minutes from downtown Toronto.
About Durham College
At Durham College (DC), the student experience comes first. With campuses in Oshawa and Whitby and a learning site in Pickering, we offer approximately 13,400 full-time post-secondary and apprenticeship students, access to more than 140 full-time and nine apprenticeship programs, including the Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Science and Honours Bachelor of Health Care Technology Management. DC enable students to develop the career-ready skills required to meet the demands of today’s job market by connecting them with expert faculty and offering quality programs. With a focus on experiential learning through field-placements, applied research, co-ops and other hands-on opportunities, DC grads have the skills and knowledge employers need.
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Cara Walsh, communications & media relations officer, Trent University, (705) 748-1011 x6240 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Shelly Totino, junior communications officer, Durham College, (905) 721-2000 x 6219 or email@example.com
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