The Changing Landscape of Journalism and Digital Media

By Mount Royal University Modified on July 24, 2023
Tags : Academics | Careers | Communication

Mount Royal University degree programs empowers future media mavericks.

 The Changing Landscape of Journalism and Digital Media

In an era marked by technological advancements and instant updates, there’s a big shift happening in the way news is consumed. Social media platforms and audio media such as podcasts are rapidly gaining popularity while traditional news organizations no longer hold a monopoly.

Redefining journalism for the modern world

With innovation and cutting-edge technologies redefining how we engage with content, where does that leave aspiring journalists? Mount Royal University’s Bachelor of Communication - Journalism and Digital Media is embracing this revolution and equipping grads with the skills to creatively shape narratives for the future.

Combining a solid foundation in critical thinking, ethical decision-making and media literacy, the degree program dives deep into the innovative tools and techniques reshaping modern storytelling. Students fill their toolbox with skills in:

  • reporting
  • interviewing
  • videography
  • photography
  • writing
  • editing
  • digital design
  • podcasting
  • online delivery

Sharpening these core skills leaves students ready for any aspect of the evolving media landscape.

Hands-on learning: getting real-world experience

Going beyond the classroom, there's a heavy emphasis on experiential learning which includes a required 450-hour work term in a professional communications position. This not only provides students with first-hand experience, but is also an opportunity for them to make valuable industry contacts. Placements range from newspapers, magazines, and established television and online news operations, to corporate communications and non-profit organizations. There's also the option to add a second work term for those who really want to build up their resumé.

"My MRU education was super practical — we made a newspaper from scratch every week. We made TV broadcasts. We learned photography by doing photo assignments. I left Mount Royal well-prepared for a modern career in journalism," says MRU alumna Emma Gilchrist.

Gilchrist is the co-founder, editor-in-chief and executive director of The Narwhal, a non-profit online magazine that publishes in-depth and investigative journalism about Canada's natural world. Her advice for future media professionals is to gain as much experience as possible, think about what you're passionate about, and then "go out and do it."

"With the explosion of independent media happening in Canada and with email newsletter technologies, think about what's missing, and then fill the gap," she says.

If you have a passion for storytelling and a curiosity for current events, then Journalism and Digital Media at Mount Royal could be the perfect program for you. Apply now and embark on a journey towards making a meaningful impact as a responsible media professional.

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