Western’s Master of Media in Journalism and Communication (MMJC) program mixes practical skills with theory and critical inquiry to prepare you for your career. Each course is carefully designed to immerse you in the world of media; to teach you advanced storytelling skills to connect with, persuade and educate audiences on a variety of mediums.
You’ll spend the fall and winter terms on Western's campus, working closely with your classmates in the FIMS & Nursing Building. In the summer term, you will complete an internship and capstone project, allowing you will take your practical classroom skills into the field. Where you would like to pursue your internship is up to you.
If you’re interested in Western’s MMJC program, check out our application process here. There is more detail about fall, winter and summer courses below. Find out more about why you should Start Your Story by enrolling in Western’s professional graduate program in journalism and communications.
Courses in the fall term
In the fall term, students take five courses that introduce them to a variety of media formats, including print, digital, social, video and audio. The goal is to familiarize students with the central skills required to start producing media. Courses include the following:
MMJC 9101: Introduction to Journalism
An introduction to the basic principles and practices of journalism, MMJC 9101 explores the fundamental elements of journalism, including its purpose, its role in society and its practice.
MMJC 9102: Introduction to Communications
This course introduces students to the communications field, including media relations, public relations, marketing, crisis and reputational management, community building and other fundamental skills.
MMJC 9103: Audio and Visual Storytelling Skills
This course will give students the skills and knowledge they need to tell stories using audio and video—a desired skill for both journalism and communications career opportunities.
MMJC 9104: The Social Media & Digital Production Dojo
Introducing students to technologies that will help them excel in integrated media environments, MMJC 9104 teaches visual communications, new technologies and user-centered design.
MMJC 9200: Doing Democracy Right or Doing Right by Democracy? Ethics, Critical Theory and the Public Right to Know
Using theoretical frameworks borrowed from ethics, cultural studies and political economy, this course explores concepts of democracy and responsibility in story-telling practices and products.
Courses in the winter term
In the winter term, students will take on learning more advanced journalism and communications skills through two required courses and three electives.
All students will take Media Law and can choose between advanced storytelling courses focused on either journalism or communications (or students can choose to enroll in both).
Winter term required courses include the following:
MMJC 9105: Information and Media Law
This course introduces students to the rights and legal responsibilities of journalists and communicators. Students will learn, examine and critique concepts such as privacy, copyright and freedom of expression.
MMJC 9201: The Newsroom: Reporting Essentials For Today’s Journalists
In this advanced journalism course, students will build skills in mobile journalism and longer-form multimedia. Part of the course includes a capstone assignment where students will work in groups to produce a multimedia project that includes text, video, audio and graphics.
MMJC 9202: Advanced Communications
Building on the skills from the first semester, students will produce professional-level communications stories and strategies. This includes exploring how organizations handle challenging communication issues such as crisis communications, strategic planning, branding, ethical practice and other advanced communications skills.
Winter term electives
We offer a variety of elective courses every year for students to choose from. Please note that elective courses change from year to year, but you can browse our course catalogue to see what we offered most recently.
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.
Summer internship and capstone project
In the summer students complete an internship and a capstone project. These courses give students the opportunity to take their new media skills into the field, get on-site experience in either a journalism or communications setting, and make industry connections to advance their careers. Most internships are ten weeks long, but they range from six to fourteen weeks.
MMJC 9700: Internship
MMJC’s Internship course is a chance to gain real-world, practical experience. While on your placement, an MMJC instructor will continue to guide you and help you reflect on your experience.
Because communication with your instructors can happen online, you can complete your internship anywhere in the world. We’ve had students complete internships across Canada and in Europe, Asia and Africa!
Please see the lists below for some examples of where students have interned over the last few years.
- 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)
MMJC 9701: Capstone Project
This course is your opportunity to take chances, be experimental, innovative and create something entirely your own. Some possibilities include producing an integrated journalism- or communications-based story, writing a long-form magazine piece, shooting a short documentary or creating a radio feature or podcast series. The options are endless!
Start Your Story; apply today!
If you’re ready to build your media skills at one of the only graduate programs in Canada that combine journalism and communications education under one roof, get started with your application now! Western is ready to welcome you, train you to become an excellent communicator, journalist and storyteller and help you Start Your Story in media.