BCIT’s Broadcast and Online Journalism is a two-year program which prepares students for a range of journalism careers. From the first day students work as hands-on journalists, creating content for our FM radio station, television news magazine show and our website bcitnews.ca. In addition to basic journalism instruction, the curriculum also includes media law, website design, advanced journalism, video journalism, audio and video documentary production, photojournalism and media entrepreneurship.
Students are connected in first year with our industry partners who represent major news, sports and communication companies in BC. Second year students work in industry for a minimum of 12 weeks in positions across Canada and around the world. Our connection with industry and our hands-on approach gives students a major advantage in finding jobs and advancing their careers.
BCIT requires all applicants to meet one of the following requirements:
Two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
- English 12 (67%) or
- 3.0 credits of post-secondary English, humanities or social sciences with a 67% standing from a recognized institution
In addition to the BCIT English requirement, the Broadcast and Online Journalism program requires all applicants to complete an entrance assessment and attain a minimum score of 60%. This assessment evaluates current events, news awareness, and English literacy. Applicants express themselves and demonstrate English language skills by writing a personal essay describing their background and motivation for entering the program and a career in Journalism. This essay allows applicants to describe their personal, professional, and educational background and indicate experience and aptitude that sets them apart from other applicants.