New Three-Year Journalism Program Begins at Loyalist College in September

    BELLEVILLE, ON, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - In September, Loyalist College will offer
an exciting new blend of journalism training with the introduction of a
three-year advanced diploma, Journalism - On-line, Print and Broadcast. The
program will prepare graduates for a career in journalism with hands-on
experience in the fundamentals of reporting and writing for print, radio,
television and on-line. As students progress through the program they will
develop on-line expertise and have the opportunity to focus on the print or
broadcast sector. Members of the College's journalism advisory committees were
united in their support for Loyalist's initiation of this advanced diploma
that will meet the industry's need for professionals with a wide range of
diversified skills and ability to work within the converging media
    Tony Grace is a graduate of the College's 2000 Broadcast Journalism class
and is currently the 11 p.m. Ottawa news anchor for ATV which is part of the
CTV Network. He is also the back-up anchor for their flagship weeknight 6 p.m.
newscast. "Broadcasters and journalists who graduate from Loyalist are already
recognized by leading employers in our industry as well-prepared, hands-on,
skilled and ready to grow. The new program will create even more opportunities
for graduates by recognizing the increased focus on on-line journalism which
is affecting all aspects of our industry. Whether it is radio, television or
print, we all share the common bond of using the web as a way to promote and
publish our work."
    "The skills needed to succeed as a journalist today are constantly
evolving," said Lynn Haddrall, Editor-in-Chief of the Waterloo Region Record
and Guelph Mercury and graduate of Loyalist's 1983 Print Journalism program.
"We look for journalists who can tell compelling stories in many ways
including print, video, broadcast and on-line. This program will help to
prepare Loyalist students for the journalism of today and tomorrow."
    "Every major media organization in Canada, the U.S. and around the world
is converging so it's fantastic to hear that Loyalist is doing the same," said
Marlo Pelysz, Project Manager and graduate of Loyalist's 2001
E-Journalism program. "Here at we're partnered with Canada's largest
daily urban newspaper chain, Sun Media and the TV network SunTV. Together
we're constantly building multimedia content packages to bring news to our
readers faster and with more information than any of our other national
competitors. I am excited to see what the graduates of this program will bring
to this ever-evolving industry."
    "In the third year of the program students will hone their craft and
learn to flourish in the environment of an integrated newsroom where audio,
visual, print, traditional broadcast and on-line professionals work
side-by-side," said Jane Harrison, Acting Dean of Media Studies. "The program
includes an eight-week internship that will give them valuable hands-on
experience and open the door to amazing networking and career development
opportunities. This program addresses the changes journalism is experiencing
and will position our graduates as the new leaders of this landscape."
    For more information about the new Journalism - On-line, Print and
Broadcast program visit

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications,
Loyalist College, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332, e-mail:;
or Jane Harrison, Acting Dean of Media Studies, (613) 969-1913, ext. 2437

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