Modern journalism demands new forms of storytelling, new investigative techniques, and even new types of news organizations. The master of journalism is for journalists who want to lead the way.
The 10-month program was developed in consultation with industry and independent journalists in Canada and abroad. Whether you choose the hard-news investigative stream, or the more entrepreneurial new ventures route, your year will be both exciting and challenging. The program is only open to students with a strong foundation in journalism skills and practice.
The MJ program begins in June and runs on campus until December, with core courses in practice and theory and speciality courses for each stream. You begin a professional project in the new year, working under the guidance of a skilled mentor.
These courses will provide a solid grounding in multimedia digital storytelling skills, along with an overview of the changing media business landscape and how to navigate it. As in other King’s journalism programs, you will build on a solid foundation of hands-on practice.
In the second part of the program, students focus their work in one of two specialized streams: investigative reporting and new ventures.
This stream focuses on deep investigative reporting and data journalism skills that can be used in daily journalism or major projects. You will learn cutting-edge techniques, such as how to acquire, analyze, and map large data sets, how to write computer scripts to mine data from the web and how to visualize your results.
The investigative reporting stream is led by faculty member Fred Vallance-Jones, whose work has been recognized by the National Newspaper Awards and the Canadian Association of Journalists. He is also co-author of the widely used texts Digging Deeper: A Canadian Reporter’s Research Guide and Computer-Assisted Reporting: A Comprehensive Primer.
|Digital journalism 1||Digital journalism 2||Investigative project|
|Mobile reporting||Investigative methods||Exemplars of contemporary journalism|
|Public records research||Audience and ontent strategies|
The business of journalism isn’t just for big media companies anymore.
The new ventures stream is for journalists who want to develop a full or part-time freelance practice, launch an entirely new journalism outlet, or create projects within an established media organization. Students will learn how to identify markets, raise start-up funds, and write business plans.
This new ventures stream blends the expertise of Dalhousie University Faculty of Management and King’s School of Journalism. It is led by Kelly Toughill, MBA (Queen’s), an award-winning journalist and former senior manager with the Toronto Star. Faculty of Management classes are led by Dr. Ed Leach, director of the Norman Newman Centre for Entrepreneurship at Dalhousie University.
|Digital journalism 1||Digital journalism 2||Professional project|
|Mobile reporting||Audience and content strategies||Exemplars of contemporary journalism|
|Business fundamentals for journalists||Managing the new venture|
|Emerging business models in journalism|
Each student works with a mentor on a capstone project in the final term. Mentors are working journalists who are leaders in their fields. The professional project in the investigative stream is an investigative package suitable for publication. The professional project in the new ventures stream is a business plan and prototype for a new journalism enterprise.
The master of journalism is a limited-enrolment, 10-month program that begins in June. Students spend the summer and fall terms on campus. During the final term, you will complete your professional project and one course. Some students may choose to complete the work off campus.
The master of journalism program is designed for the student who either has an undergraduate degree in journalism or deep experience as a professional journalist. Those who don’t have an undergraduate degree in journalism may want to consider the one-year bachelor of journalism degree at King’s.
Applicants must meet the minimum admission requirements of the Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies; A GPA of 3.0 and proven English language competency.
Students who do not have an undergraduate degree in journalism, but who do have a four-year undergraduate degree in another discipline, may apply for direct admission into a two-year MJ program (which includes the one-year bachelor of journalism degree). To apply, please follow the application procedures for the master of journalism program.
In rare cases, an applicant with extensive journalism experience may enter the program without a bachelor of journalism degree. Please contact the King’s Registrar’s Office for more information. Please refer to dalgrad.dal.ca/regulations/ii/ for detailed admission requirements.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of February 15.
Two Evanov Scholarships of $2,500 each are available to master of journalism students. Graduate students may also apply for King’s bursaries of up to $2,500.
If you have questions concerning your application or the program, please contact the Registrar's Office by calling 902.422.1271 ext. 103 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. You can reach the King’s School of Journalism by calling 902.422.1271 ext. 159 or by emailing email@example.com.