Why Choose the MMJC?
Our graduates find work in the fieldMore than 90% of our inaugural MMJC class has found work in the field of media, journalism and communications. Approximately one-third are working in journalism, and two-thirds are working in communications, or closely related media jobs such as social media management or digital strategies.
Not only do our grads have an excellent employment rate, roughly 30% of the class ended up working their first full-time job straight out of their internships.
A one-year master's degree
We believe in giving you a year-long mix of hands-on, practical skills and theory. This makes for an intense, exciting year, but you will come out of it with an appreciation for deadlines and the fast pace of media work that will serve you well.
You will have two terms on Western's beautiful campus in the fall and winter, and in the summer, you can decide where you'd like to pursue your internship. All the coursework of the final term can be done virtually. Check out more about the final term here.
A one-year degree will also help to keep your cost-of-living expenses down while you pursue your education. London, Ontario is a much more affordable city than larger centres, while still boasting a thriving media scene.
Designed for students coming from other disciplines
No background in journalism or communications? No problem.
We have designed the program so that it works for students who have a degree in something other than journalism or communications. All are welcome, but we believe this program is best suited for those who have studied in another discipline first, whether it's in the sciences, humanities, or social sciences.
A legacy and future of world-class storytellingToday's journalists need enhanced media skills and the ability to look forward and anticipate which new tools and digital platforms will help them tell their stories best. Professionals working in public relations, media relations and other communications fields need to understand how to incorporate the same media techniques in their work. Both fields rely on common skills – storytelling, concise writing, interviewing, research, and multimedia skills. Western has been training some of Canada's greatest storytellers for decades.
A focus on mediaIn addition to learning how to tell a great story, you will receive education with an integrative approach to media. Stories may need an anchor medium – text, video or audio – but the landscape today requires that you understand how to work with all media and how to synergize your content. We'll help you understand the underlying principles of media production and we'll give you the chance to think deeply about how media works culturally, technologically, and socio-economically. Our goal is not only to help prepare you for work when you graduate, but to give you the strategic and contextual thinking you'll need to be adaptable as the media landscape continues to evolve.
Amazing facilities and technical supportFIMS recently moved to a new building with excellent teaching facilities. We have a brand new HD studio with multiple video and audio editing suites, cameras, and other equipment and software that keeps us current to industry standards. It's not just about the equipment, it's also about the people who are there to help you learn to use the technology. Our technical support team is integrated into our curriculum, so that they, in addition to your instructors, are available to help with your learning.
TVO, CBC London and other local media connectionsThe MMJC program is delighted to be hosting one of TVO's local hubs, right in our building. That means we have a working journalist on site, producing current affairs for TVO and partnering with our students on story ideas, pitches and other real-life journalism. We have excellent connections with CBC London, and other London media, such as CTV, CFPL and the London Free Press, to name a few. London is a lively and thriving media city where you can learn the ropes before deciding where to focus your career goals. We also have professionals from all over the country visit as guest speakers on a regular basis.
Study journalism and communicationsJournalists and professionals in PR and communications all communicate with a wider public. Does this mean they do the same job? Of course not, but understanding how the fields work together will make you a better storyteller in both. The growing influence public relations officials have on journalists makes it increasingly important for journalists to understand the role of professional communications. And the more professional communicators know the role of journalists in the media, the better they will be able to do their jobs.
A master's degree is a competitive, long-term advantage
In addition to preparing you for a job upon graduation, the higher level of education you get at Western will serve you throughout your career. It will open doors that would otherwise be closed to you, particularly in the government, educational and non-profit sectors.
The Council of Ontario Universities released its University Works - 2015 Employment Report, summarizing employment outcomes by levels of educational attainment. The report, based on Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey, reveals that relative to all other educational attainment groups in Ontario, master’s and PhD graduates:
Have the lowest level of unemployment:
Have the most stable employment rate:
Have experienced the largest growth in employment since 2004:
Have higher earnings: