Bachelor of Communication — Journalism
Journalism is story telling in the public interest.
Students in our program learn to think critically, analyze data, write clearly and creatively tell stories through text, photo, video and graphics.
Admissions. We take in about about 60 students each September. We receive 3 to 4 applications for every one we admit.
Class Size. Classes are between 15 to 20 students for most journalism courses and about 25 to 45 for general education.
Costs. Tuition (plus fees) is approximately $6,400 yearly plus about $1,300 one-time cost for journalism equipment. Please check the calendar for exact fees.
Student profile. Our students are a mix of high school graduates, transfer students from other institutions, and students with previous degrees (science, sociology, law, English, for instance.) Most students are from Alberta. The class is about 60 per cent female and 40 per cent male. The MRU journalism program has among the highest retention rates at MRU and very high student engagement as determined by an international agency.
Program culture. Our culture is friendly and developmental.
Awards for our students include the Pacemaker Award given by the Associated Collegiate Press for online and print versions of the Calgary Journal, the ACP nomination for best multimedia work, the Amber Bowerman Award for Emerging Writer, the best article in a Western Canadian magazine, profile writing nominations at the Western Magazine Awards and fellowships, CBC, and the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism.
Careers. Our graduates work as news reporters and editors, magazine editors, television anchors, reporters and producers, social media specialists, public relations specialists for government, corporations, charities and professional sporting organizations. Others go on to law school or graduate school. Some work in business roles or have launched their own businesses.
Organizations that employ our graduates include: The Calgary Sun, The Calgary Herald, CBC, CTV, Metro News Calgary, Getty Images, The Calgary United Way, the Edmonton Oilers, the Okotok Dogs, Cenovus, the Better Business Bureau, Sierra Club, the University of Calgary, the City of Calgary, the Govt. of British Columbia, Dragon’s Den television show, Culinaire magazine, and Beatroute magazine.
Our history. Mount Royal journalism began in 1967 with a journalism diploma. The first newspaper, “Journal 3000,” was started by John Balcers. In 1995, the first applied degree in journalism was launched. Then in the fall of 2008, a Bachelor of Communication-Journalism was established. We look forward to the 50th anniversary of journalism at MRU in 2017.
The Calgary Journal is our flagship publication with both a print and online platform. All students contribute to the Journal as part of their coursework. The Calgary Journal has about 30,000 unique views monthly while the monthly print news magazine is distributed at 227 locations with a circulation of 10,000 copies per issue.
Journalism faculty work individually with students. The faculty has strong professional backgrounds with media organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, CTV, CBC, Canadian Press, Avenue magazine and the Vancouver Sun but have also run websites, and done corporate and not-for- profit communications. They currently engage in research on topics like oil sands reporting, international education, political party discipline, media ethics, teaching best practices, online education practices. If you enroll in MRU’s journalism program, you will know your professors.
Journalism staff. We have web, video and print production specialists who support journalism students in their work. Our employees are accessible and dedicated to student success.
Work Experience (Internships). Every journalism student must complete at least one 4-month, full-time professional work experience term. You will have a work experience coordinator to help you find a professional placement, or you can self identify one. You will have a faculty advisor assigned to support you.