Introduction to Journalism Certificate

UFV now offers a certificate in journalism. Journalism is an exciting field and a specialization of communications.

The certificate covers the key basic elements of journalism, researching, investigating, interpreting and communicating news and public affairs. These basic journalism skills will help you in careers that require writing and reporting, and the courses will expose you to writing news for print, radio, TV, and online media.

You may choose to use these skills to freelance, to write news items for your work industries or personal associations, or to simply develop confidence when posting news items online.

Students are required to complete four courses for the certificate.

Required Courses:

  • MACS/JRNL 235: Introduction to Journalism in Canada
  • MACS 130: Mass Communication in Canada
  • CMNS/JRNL 300: Introduction to the Practice of Journalism

One of:

  • CMNS/JRNL 301: Advanced Practice of Journalism
  • ENGL/JRNL 373 Literary Journalism (4 credits)
  • VA/Film/JRNL 365: Documentary Storytelling (3 credits)
  • MACS 369/JRNL 369: Media Law and Ethics

Residency requirement: 

Students must meet a 50% or minimum 6 credit residency requirement.

Graduation requirements:

Students are required to have a GPA of at least 2.5 in the four courses to be eligible for the certificate, with a minimum of a C grade in any individual course. The program must be completed within ten years.

For more information check the UFV Calendar or contact Gayle Noel, Department Assistant at 604-557-4093 or gayle.noel(at)


November 2014

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