Program Structure

Students out on assignment

The Fall Term

The fall term is devoted to five required courses that set the groundwork for the more advanced second term. The goal this term is to familiarize students with central tenets of journalism, communications and media production. Courses include:

MMJC 9101 Introduction to Journalism
MMJC 9102 Introduction to Communications
MMJC 9103 Audio and Visual Storytelling Skills
MMJC 9104 The Social Media & Digital Production Dojo
MMJC 9200 Doing Democracy Right or Doing Right by Democracy? Ethics, Critical Theory and the Public Right to Know

The Winter Term

After the holiday break, you'll take two required courses, and three electives. In addition to Information and Media Law, you’ll take either a journalism- or communications-focused integrated storytelling course. You may choose to enroll in both, taking one as an elective.  

MMJC 9105 Information and Media Law
MMJC 9201 Telling the Story Using Integrated Media (Journalism)
MMJC 9202 Telling the Story Using Integrated Media (Communications)

Electives change from year to year. Browse our course catalogue for recent options:

MMJC Course Catalogue:

"All Courses" is a list of the entire MMJC course catalogue. Not all courses are offered in every term or every year.

Introduction to Journalism
Mark Kearney
Introduction to Communications
Erin Isings
Audio and Visual Storytelling Skills
Jeremy Copeland
The Social Media & Digital Production Dojo
Mark Rayner
Doing Democracy Right or Doing Right by Democracy? Ethics, Critical Theory and the Public Right to Know
Romayne Smith Fullerton

You can also choose electives from other graduate programs across Western that focus on your areas of interest.

The Summer Term

MMJC 9700 Internship
MMJC 9701 Capstone Project

In the final term of the program, you’ll go on a work placement. This real-world phase of the program will give you the opportunity to gain sustained practical experience applying what you have learned in a journalistic or communications setting. While on the placement, there will be an instructor guiding you, and helping you reflect on your professional experience. Because the instruction happens online, your placement can be anywhere -- in Canada, or around the world. While some internships are paid, most are not, though many students are hired on by their employers following their internship.

Please see the lists below for some examples of where students have interned over the last few years.

  • Communications

  • Journalism

  • International

  • ALS Canada (Toronto)
  • Arcane (London)
  • Bell Media (Toronto)
  • BioSteel Sports Nutrition Inc (Toronto)
  • CTV Toronto (Toronto)
  • GlobalMINDS (London)
  • GAB Communications (Toronto)
  • Huron University College (London)
  • King's University College at Western (London)
  • Lashbrook Marketing & PR (London)
  • London Humane Society (London)
  • London Life (London)
  • London Police Services (London)
  • Popcorn (Vancouver)
  • Ryerson University (Toronto)
  • University Health Network, Sinai Health Systems, Women's College Hospital
  • Yukon Human Rights Commission (Yellowknife)

  • Canadian Press Toronto (Toronto)
  • CBC Entertainment Unit (Toronto)
  • CBC London (London)
  • CBC Network Talk: The Current (Toronto)
  • CBC Radio (Toronto, Halifax)
  • CBC Sports (Toronto)
  • CP24 (Toronto)
  • CTV2 London (London)
  • ET Canada (Toronto)
  • Global News, Corus Entertainment (Toronto)
  • MobileSyrup (Toronto)
  • Montreal Gazette (Montreal)
  • The Hockey News (Toronto)
  • The Logic (Toronto)
  • The London Free Press (London)
  • The National Post (Toronto)
  • Sportsnet (Toronto)
  • The National (Toronto)
  • TVO (Toronto, London)
  • UC Observer (Toronto)

  • AJ+ (Journalism, Qatar)
  • Al Jazeera English AJE (Journalism, Qatar)
  • Barcelona Time Out Media (Communications, Barcelona, Spain)
  • Canadian Embassy, Brussels (Communications, Bruxelles)
  • CBC UK (Journalism, London, UK)
  • Viacom 18 (Journalism, Mumbai, India)
  • WHE - Tanzania (Journalism, Mwanza, Tanzania)

Capstone Project
Along with your internship placement, you’ll have the opportunity to put everything you've learned in the classroom, on the job, and online, into practice during a final capstone project. This course is your opportunity to take chances, be experimental, innovative, and create something entirely your own. Some possibilities to consider could include -- but are certainly not limited to -- producing an integrated story based either in communications or journalism, or maybe write a long-form magazine piece, shoot a short documentary or radio feature, or create a podcast series.

PROGRAM INFO: MMJC Home; Why Choose MMJC?; Program Structure; Facilities & Equipment; Behind the Scenes; Testimonials; Tuition & Finances; How to Apply.