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Careers in Journalism

The Journalism program prepares graduates for such positions as multimedia reporters, photojournalists, editors, researchers, and freelance writers in traditional and emerging journalism-related businesses. Our graduates also work as communications professionals in a variety of settings, including media relations, corporate communications, and public relations with private industry, government, and NGOs. Other graduates have started their own online magazines or other media businesses.

Our program provides students with transferable skills that are valuable in many professions, such as working in a multimedia environment, conducting relevant research, and communicating clearly in a wide range of formats – including writing, audio, video, photography, and interactive graphics. KPU's Journalism program celebrates a high rate of employment for its graduates.

As well as teaching the fundamentals of the craft, we pride ourselves in keeping our courses current with the rapidly evolving world of journalism and in teaching the skills that are needed now and for the future.

While there have been job losses at some older media outlets like newspapers, new jobs are cropping up at online and niche publications all the time.

According to Census data, over the past 15 years, there has been only a modest 7% drop in the number of Canadians working as journalists. (source: bit.ly/jobsinjournalism) Over that same period, the number of jobs in related fields, like public relations, has exploded. In just the past five years, for every job lost in journalism, there have been 17 jobs added in public relations and advertising. Many public relations job postings specifically say they’re looking for candidates with a Journalism degree.

Not convinced you want to Major in Journalism? We also have a Minor.


Career opportunities

(Based on recent Bachelor of Journalism graduates)

Community & Daily Newspapers

  • News reporters
  • Multimedia reporters
  • Visual journalists
  • Data journalists
  • Sports reporters and editors
  • Editors
  • Columnists

Online publications

  • Writers
  • Photographers
  • Columnists
  • Assignment & copy editors

Broadcast (Radio & TV)

  • Researchers & writers
  • Associate Producers & producers

Public Relations

  • Writers
  • Communication managers
  • Digital & social media coordinators
  • Media managers
  • Media specialists
  • Community relations directors

Freelancers & Contract (print, broadcast and online publications)

  • Photojournalists & videographers
  • Writers & designers
  • Radio producers
  • Special events photographers
  • Music reviewers
  • Technical writers

Further education (Master’s degree & PhD studies)

  • Sports Journalism
  • Library Science
  • Communications
  • Social Work
  • Fine Arts (Writing)

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