Master of Journalism program launched

Posted: September 18, 2014 12:15 p.m.

(L to R) Journalism students Khang Nguyen and Virginia Wright  at the Master of Journalism launch unveiling.
(L to R) Journalism students Khang Nguyen and Virginia Wright at the Master of Journalism launch unveiling. Photo: Mark Taylor, School of Journalism

Journalism education in Canada took a major step forward today, with the announcement of a Master of Journalism (MJ) program at the University of Regina. It will be the first such program on the Prairies.

“The University of Regina is committed to serving the needs of students, employers and the public, providing new and more challenging program options,” said Dr. Thomas Chase, vice-president academic and provost. “The introduction of a Master’s program reaffirms the School of Journalism’s standing as one of Canada’s best-known and most successful journalism education programs.”

The program offers a one-year intensive professional degree, with an extra year of enhanced basic training and a newsroom internship for students who do not have prior journalism experience.

“One of the program highlights will be a major professional project, such as a documentary film or series of in depth articles,” explained Dr. Mitch Diamantopoulos, head of the School of Journalism. “Our teaching faculty are really excited about the opportunity to work with students at a more advanced and intensive level.”

In addition to the hands-on work that is the core of the University’s journalism education, MJ students will take upper level graduate courses and work together in graduate seminars.

“About a third of our students already have degrees, and they’re eager to take on more challenging studies,” said Diamantopoulos.  “This opportunity will provide them with deeper, specialized knowledge for in-depth reporting in their areas of interest.”

The new program also includes a faculty-sharing agreement with the Indian Communications Arts (INCA) program at the First Nations University of Canada, strengthening the existing bridge between the two highly regarded journalism programs.

The launch event held on September 18 included presentations from Jason Warick, a University of Regina School of Journalism graduate and long-time journalist for the StarPhoenix in Saskatoon, as well as CTV Regina reporter and alumnus Creeson Agecoutay.

The School of Journalism will begin accepting applications to the program this January, with the first class entering its doors next September.