Part-time, in class New Media Journalism

JOUR350

Journalism Practicum

This practicum gives you three weeks of unpaid, on-the-job practice implementing communications plans and producing projects for real-world new media initiatives.

This is your chance to cement your knowledge and skills from all your prior learning in the program, gain invaluable hands-on journalistic experience, and build important industry contacts.

Prerequisite(s):

This course is available at the following time(s) and location(s):

Campus Session(s) Instructor(s) Cost Seats available  
Off-Campus 2 - $500.00 19 Register

When will I do my practicum?

You will complete your 120-hour practicum after you've finished all of the courses in the New Media Journalism Certificate. Once you've started your practicum, you have three months to complete it. 

What will I learn?

  • How to produce news stories, backgrounders, opinion editorials, speech round-ups, video, and/or social media copy, depending on the practicum you choose
  • The inner workings of real-world traditional and online media environments
  • How to work with and accept guidance from senior editors and journalists

How will I learn?

Under the guidance of a workplace mentor, you will apply the concepts and skills from the first five weeks of the program.

What are my responsibilities?

  • Arrive to your assigned workplace on time and ready to contribute
  • Complete assignments to the best of your ability, as directed, and on deadline
  • Project a professional image in the workplace at all times

How will I be evaluated?

  • Completion of your practicum
  • Evaluation by your practicum coordinator
  • Evaluation by your workplace mentor
  • Work assignments

Frequently asked questions about the practicum

Whose responsibility is it to find my practicum placement?

It is your responsibility to secure a practicum, which is mandatory if you wish to complete SFU Continuing Studies’ New Media Journalism Certificate.

Where will I do my practicum?

Journalism practicum hosts vary. In the past, our practicum hosts have included the following:

  • The Vancouver Courier
  • Vancouver Magazine
  • Vancouver Weekly
  • Snipe
  • Tourism Vancouver

The practicum coordinator will provide you with a list of companies that will accept practicum students. Placements are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You may choose from the opportunities we provide or find your own based on your professional interests, but please remember that you are entirely responsible for finding your own practicum.

How will I secure my practicum?

You will consult with our practicum coordinator before approaching an organization about a placement. Once you confirm your placement, you will provide the practicum coordinator with contact information for your mentor, who will coordinate a signed agreement. The practicum coordinator will work with your mentor in evaluating your work performance when you finish your practicum.