Overview

Learn the fundamentals of journalism and start a career working for publications in communications or public relations.

Contemporary journalism is an exciting world that offers many opportunities for those seeking to build a career. News writing and photojournalism are the main skills taught in the Journalism program; other specialties, including advertising and public relations, publication design, and online journalism, are also covered in the first year of study.

Students study professional techniques of writing, editing, designing, and laying out newspapers and magazines using desktop publishing techniques. They also practice special photo techniques.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education by transferring to another institution once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

This program has an optional work term after the first year. In the second year, students complete practicums — usually at newspaper and magazine companies.

After successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Journalism with a major in Photojournalism.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

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Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

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Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.

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Courses

The Journalism — Print and Online Journalism diploma requires 60 credits (18 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters each year.

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Journalism core

Course Credits

Building on the basics in Writing for Journalism, students will develop news and feature stories from different settings, and on different topics. The theory and practice of long-form feature writing will also be introduced.

Pre-requisites:
  • WRIT 230
3

This foundation course will examine the tools used to tell journalistic stories online. The focus will be on contemporary content management technology used by newspapers to present photos, written stories, video, and rich content to a global audience.

Equivalents:
  • TOUR 219
3

In their work, journalists and communicators are required to make decisions regularly about whom to talk to and use as sources, what information is appropriate to publish, and how to balance the competing demands of public versus private interest. The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the practice of ethical decision-making in journalism. Topics to be covered include sourcing practices and issues of personal privacy, manipulation by, and of, the media, censorship and self-censorship, and coverage of civil law proceedings.

Equivalents:
  • JOUR 204
3

This introductory level course explores the technical fundamentals of digital photography as it relates to print and online news media. Learners will develop competency in proper camera handling, image acquisition, and computer workflow techniques.

3

Building further on the technical concepts previously introduced in the program, this course focuses on the use of the photographic medium in journalistic storytelling. Through the use of still images and text, learners will discover the importance of visual communication in today’s multiplatform media industry.

Pre-requisites:
  • PHOT 216
3

PREL 218 introduces the role of advertising and public relations as it applies to journalism. Topics include advertising newspapers, magazines, television and the Internet. PR positions, corporate communications and communications planning. There is an emphasis on print but all forms of media are explored.

Equivalents:
  • PREL 213
3

An introductory course in which students become familiar with relevant computer systems and the SAIT network. The student will then be introduced to numerous industry relevant software programs vital to their future success in journalism.

3

The basic concepts in creation of graphic elements will be the main topic of this course. The design, production and editing of info graphics for print page layouts and online will be covered. The course will also introduce learners to the planning and organization of print publications such as magazines and newspapers.

Pre-requisites:
  • PUBL 210
Corequsites:
  • JOUR 254
3

News stories must be researched before they can be written. In this course, students will learn how to develop information for stories, with an emphasis on interviewing and online information gathering. Specific research sources, including governments and experts, also will be covered.

3

WRIT 230, Writing for Journalism, is an introduction to writing in news style for beginning journalists. In addition to learning to present information for print and online readers, essential writing skills such as grammar, punctuation, capitalization and spelling will be emphasized. Identification of newsworthy information, basic news story elements and structure, writing techniques and self-coaching methods are also covered.

3

Online and print journalism core

Course Credits

In this course students will develop their online skills by researching, gathering, and publishing journalistic content for online delivery. Students will learn to identify the best (or most appropriate) platform by which to distribute the content.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 254
  • PHOT 256
3

Building on the introduction they received in first year to straight news and feature writing, students in this course will work on more complex assignments, including long-form news features and specialized types of news stories.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 251
3

This course builds on the skills developed from the first two semesters of Visual Journalism courses (PHOT 216 and PHOT 256). The focus of the course will be on photojournalism techniques for reporters, and will include visual reporting for general assignments and events, as well as long form visual storytelling in today’s online news media. The course will include several aspects of photojournalism as it pertains to still photography, and videography, and how these two mediums are combined with other media to tell a story. Proper planning, interviewing techniques, camera handling, audio acquisition, video editing and sequencing will be covered in more detail, with the final assignment to encompass all of the skill sets discussed in this course. Today’s journalist is now tasked with the responsibility of gathering still images, text, audio and video for multiple platforms. Learning how to achieve this balance will be a major focus of this course.

Pre-requisites:
  • PHOT 256
3

Specialized types of news writing form the basis of this second-year Journalism course. News blogging, editorial writing, opinion writing and column writing are covered, along with editing practice for opinion-based content. Sports, entertainment and business writing also will be introduced. The evolving role of opinion articles in journalism will be explored, along with research for opinion writing, critical thinking and the basics of structuring an argument. Sports, entertainment and business writing will also be introduced.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 302
3

Under faculty and industry supervision, learners are assigned to actual journalistic responsibilities.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 302
  • JOUR 305
  • PREL 218
3

Advanced concepts in the creation of public relations material is the focus of the PR Writing and Design course. The writing and the design of PR materials is covered. A PR practitioner should not only know how to write in a PR style but should know how to design these materials using industry standard software.

Pre-requisites:
  • PREL 218
  • PUBL 261
  • JOUR 301
Equivalents:
  • PREL 313
3

Journalism Projects I is the first of two capstone courses in the Journalism program. It brings together elements from all of the basic skill areas taught in the program, and asks students to apply those in a setting that closely simulates a working newsroom environment. Students will be evaluated on all important aspects of their work in the production cycle, over several editions of the program newspaper, and maintenance of the paper’s news website.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 251
  • JOUR 254
  • PHOT 256
  • PUBL 261
6

Journalism Projects II is the final capstone course in the Journalism program. It brings together elements from all of the basic skill areas taught in the program, and asks students to apply those in a setting that closely simulates a working newsroom environment. Students will hone their skills in all areas of newspaper publishing, while allowing the student to explore their particular areas of interest in the journalism industry.

Pre-requisites:
  • PROJ 318
6

Course Credits

This cooperative work term course provides the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a practical workplace setting, as well as gain valuable industry experience. This course is optional.

Pre-requisites:
  • JOUR 251
  • JOUR 254
  • JOUR 258
  • PHOT 256
  • PUBL 261
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Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

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Explore your options!

Some courses in this program are available through Open Studies. You can complete courses via Open Studies to get a head start on your education, reduce your course load once accepted into a credentialed program, or determine which career path best suits you before you fully commit. 

You may also take courses for general interest or personal and professional development.

Available Open Studies courses

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After applying, consider our international document assessment service if your education is from outside Canada. SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.

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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

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Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Costs

2023/24 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2023. They are an estimate of tuition and fees based on the recommended course load per year.

Domestic students

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $6,150 $1,570 $7,720
2 2 $6,150 $1,570 $7,720
Total cost:
$15,440

Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $21,339.60 $1,570 $22,909.60
2 2 $21,339.60 $1,570 $22,909.60
Total cost:
$45,819.20

Books are approximately $400 for the whole program.

Find your booklist on the SAIT Bookstore's website. The booklist will be available closer to the program start date.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck; no textbook purchase is required this term.

Camera and related equipment

Camera equipment costs range between $600 and $2,000 and must be purchased during your first year. Additional equipment costs around $200 and must be purchased as you enter your second year. Equipment recommendations can be found at saitphoto.ca.

Computer

This is a bring-your-own-device program with custom hardware and software requirements. A Mac computer that meets these minimum requirements is required and is approximately $1,200 (including a port adapter):

  • 13-inch MacBook Air (November 2020 or newer)
  • Apple M1 chip
  • 8 GB RAM or greater
  • 256 GB or greater solid-state drive (SSD)
  • 2 x Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports
  • macOS Ventura or newer
  • Up-to-date antivirus and malware protection software
  • USB-C port adapter with Gigabit Ethernet, memory card reader, 4K/60Hz HDMI and 2 x USB-A

Macs can be purchased at a discount through Apple Canada’s store for higher education.

Licenses for the following software must also be purchased:

  • Adobe Creative Cloud for Mac (latest release, full-access subscription)
  • Camera Bits Photo Mechanic for Mac (latest release, standard version).

Education discounts are available for both Creative Cloud and Photo Mechanic.

See the specific requirements on our computers and laptops page.

Other equipment

  • An internet connection at home, either wired or wifi

 

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Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

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Admission process

When applying in the application portal, select Journalism. You will be able to select Online and Print Journalism as your major during the application process.

Ready to apply?

Follow our step-by-step guide to submitting a successful application.

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Communication during admission

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications. 

We recommend you add the business.advising@sait.ca domain to your safe senders' list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Begin your application

Apply now using the online application portal. 

Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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Information sessions

Prepare for a strong start in your chosen program or get the details you need to decide your future path.

Our expert staff and faculty are ready to answer your questions and provide information about the following:

  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

Contact us

School of Business Advising

Phone
403.284.8485
Email
business.advising@sait.ca

International Student Advising

Phone
403.284.8852
Email
international@sait.ca