Faculty of Arts

Bachelor of Journalism

The Bachelor of Journalism is an intensive, four-year degree that blends theory and skill development, to train students for jobs as journalists and communication specialists.

Learn both theory and practice

The practical side of the program focuses on writing, editing, interviewing, taking photographs, and working with new technology to produce print and online publications. The theory side of the program emphasizes media law, journalistic ethics, decision-making and critical thinking.

Students are encouraged to develop and hone their skills through working with widely circulated hard copy and electronic publications. The program is also structured to accommodate students with a wide range of educational and practical experience, as well as to provide a broad set of career and educational options for graduates.

Start with a strong foundation

Students enter the Bachelor of Journalism degree program by starting at first year, or by transferring into the program in second or third year. During the first two years of the program, students complete foundational journalism courses. In the third and fourth years, students fulfill the remaining credit requirements.

Foundation courses ensure that students:
  • Develop writing, editing, design, layout, and basic photography and desktop publishing skills.
  • Gain a broad, critical understanding of the legal, political, economic, and social issues and circumstances faced by media professionals.
  • Build a knowledge base in media and communications theory and in the historical roles and social purposes of the media.

Overall, this is what you'll learn

  • Basic journalism skills and understanding of the critical knowledge areas required by journalists and other professional communicators.
  • Deadline reporting skills and expertise in common areas of news coverage.
  • Familiarity with industry software and the high-level production skills gained by producing publications.
  • Theoretical understanding of the problems and challenges faced in the field.
  • Focused knowledge and skill in an area relevant to each student’s career goals.

Competitive admission

The department usually receives more applications than it has spaces available each year — thus admission is competitive. Preference is given to those whose post-secondary studies show evidence of strong writing skills, a good understanding of Canadian history and politics, strong problem solving and critical thinking abilities, good oral communication and interpersonal skills, an understanding of visual design, and a general familiarity with computers.

A first for British Columbia

The Bachelor of Journalism degree program at Thompson Rivers University was established in 1998 as the province's first undergraduate degree program in journalism.