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Becoming a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.


Below is a sample of our course offerings. For a full list of available courses, visit students.wlu.ca.

Sample Course Offerings

Reporting and Writing for the News

You will learn and practice the reporting, writing and interviewing techniques involved in news reporting while reflecting upon the fundamental values and principles of journalism.

Designing Digital and Social Media

The theory and practice of information and interactive design for digital and social media, including designing for the web, wireless devices, and/or tablets. You will learn how to analyze project needs, strategize, and develop information and interactive designs and content.

Cross-Media Storytelling

This course invites you to develop a cross-media mode of thinking about storytelling in a converged media environment. You will learn the basics of researching, organizing and telling stories effectively across multiple media platforms (e.g., print, audio, video, and the web) and a variety of social contexts (e.g., public relations, blogging, journalism, speeches, etc.).

Digital and Social Media: Critical Approaches

This course provides you with the theoretical building blocks to think critically about the powerful ways that information communication technologies are taken up in social, cultural and individual practices. By surveying key themes in the emerging landscape of digital and social media, this course highlights the privacy, commodification, and surveillance implications of participation in the new media political economy.

Data in the Media

This course introduces the foundational concepts and tools that journalists and media professionals require to engage with quantitative information. Assignments will emphasize the critical uses (and common misuses) of data. Topics explored will include: basic arithmetic and statistical concepts; locating data from public sources; using spreadsheet and analytical software; and creating introductory data visualizations.

Integrated Media Lab

You will take on media production positions, producing content for a converged media environment. You will generate ideas, report, write and edit stories, produce multimedia content, and post on a public website and/or local news forums. The course concludes with a roundtable in which you collectively evaluate your media production practices as well as your contribution to enriching public discourse.

Feature Writing and Verification

This course is a practical exploration of the reporting, writing, and verification techniques involved in crafting narrative, long-form stories for a variety of media outlets.

"This program has some of the most knowledgeable, engaging and attentive professors. I fell in love with photography in Simon Wilson’s News Photography course, was inspired by audio in Steve Parr’s Introduction to Audio course and was completely engaged in Bruce Gillespie’s Digital and Social Media courses. I loved the hands-on work experience we received from Conestoga College."

– Chandler Berardi (BA '18)


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