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Want to find out more about the Certificate in News Studies? Express interest to connect with this program and receive updates.

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Learn how journalists gather, report, analyze, and explain what is considered news.

The courses in this program will introduce you to:

  • the history, practice, theory of journalism
  • ethical standards of journalism

Combine theory and practice to explore specific areas of content and media.

You may be interested in this program if your work intersects with journalists or media relations professionals. You may also be interested if you want to learn more about news and the media, or if you are interested in pursuing a career in communications.

This program offers the following benefits:

  • Enrol right away – open admissions with no application required
  • Take Ryerson degree-credit courses
  • Get assistance to help pay for this program through OSAP
  • Apply for merit-based awards

What Will You Learn?

Some of the topics explored by courses include:

  • core values of journalism and its role in society
  • the essence of a basic news story
  • fundamental tools used by reporters, editors, and producers
  • changing public perceptions of the news media
  • trends in modern multimedia journalism
  • journalism's ethical purposes and key issues in media law
  • how sexuality, sexual orientation, and gender identity have been portrayed in the media, news and entertainment
  • theoretical conventions of documentary storytelling: voice, stylistic, and narrative conventions, shooting and editing styles
  • the role of satire in stimulating discussion of current events.
  • the role of the business reporter
  • sports journalism and sports writing

Who Should Take This Certificate?

You may be interested in this certificate if you:

  • regularly interact with journalists
  • work in media relations
  • would like to develop a better understanding of journalism and journalistic practices to complement your existing competencies
  • want to think more critically about what you are reading and watching via the media

Who Teaches the Courses?

Many of our instructors are full-time faculty members of Ryerson University’s School of Journalism, while others are seasoned professional journalists working in local and national media.


Industry and Careers

You may be interested in this program if you are currently working with, or hope to work with:

  • Journalists
  • Media relations personnel
  • Communications professionals

Certificate Requirements

  • 1 required course
  • 5 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) 1.67+

Recommended Course Sequence

You must begin by taking Introduction to News Studies (CNNS 101). This course is a prerequisite for the electives.

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits


  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid




Contact Us

Questions? Contact Marsha Barber, Academic Coordinator.

Phone:  416-979-5000, ext. 6295

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