College of the North Atlantic
Program Description:

Your story. Your career.


If you are a born storyteller with a strong command of the English language, an insatiable sense of curiosity, a drive to get to the truth and a desire to witness history, you may have the makings of a journalist.


Journalists weave words into stories and capture images that matter. Those words and images become part of history’s first draft. Journalists have opportunities to travel, cover exciting events and projects, and meet interesting, diverse people. Journalists can be the voice of a generation.


CNA’s journalism program is a learning ground for the deadline-driven, adaptable and observant. Here, you’ll train to deliver the news in a variety of media and gain the skills employers want. You’ll learn how to dig for the story, interview people, shoot video and still images, and describe happenings. You’ll work on radio, television and web productions. Training both behind and in front of the camera, you’ll be immersed in history, politics and current affairs. And you’ll master research and context to understand the impact of media on the world today.


This program will prepare you for one of the most fascinating, multifaceted and satisfying careers in the world.


Join the courageous and dedicated people who bring us the world every day!


(Note: Our program underwent a review in 2022-23. We have added several new courses. Please see our program web page for our course offerings.)

Entrance Requirements:


  1. High School
    Provincial High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% average in eight level 3000 credits or equivalent including a minimum of 65% in level 3000 English
  2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
    Comprehensive Arts and Science Transition Certificate
  3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
    Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with General College Profile (or Business-Related College Profile or Degree and Technical Profile) with an average pass mark of 60%
  4. Mature Student Requirements
    Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to Procedure AC-102-PR Admission.


International Applicants – English Proficiency

All international applicants must meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements for acceptance into regular programs. The College will accept these recognized tests of English language proficiency (TOEFL paper based 550 or greater with no less than 59 in Writing, TOEFL Internet based 79 or greater with no less than 24 in Writing, TOEFL computer based 213 or greater with no less than 25 in Writing, IELTS Academic Test overall band score of 6.0 with no less than 6.5 in Writing, or Pearson PTE 58 or greater with no less than 62 in Writing).


If a language proficiency test other than those referenced above was used, applicants can forward for assessment.


If an international applicant has attended an educational institution (high school or post-secondary) for a period of three years or more where the official language of instruction was English, the English language proficiency test will not be required.


Note: Some programs may require specific English language requirements and proficiency scores that differ from those stated above; therefore international applicants are advised to please refer to the specific program admission requirements as identified in the College Calendar.


Program Contact Information:

1-888-982-2268 or 1-709-793-4028


Program Web Pages

Journalism Diploma


Student Publication:

Kicker, produced by student journalists at College of the North Atlantic.