St Lawrence College ends journalism diploma program

November 17, 2014

St Lawrence College has decided to suspend its 2-year journalism diploma program due to low enrolment and interest. The program did not accept any first-year students this fall, and the program will be ended after the current cohort finishes in June. Don Fairweather, Dean of SLC’s Cornwall campus, said that the program needed about 20 students in order to be economically viable. “We were not able to recruit students in sufficient numbers to make the program sustainable,” he said. “With the demise or the transition away from print media to other forms of media, people sometimes have the perception that there’s less opportunity in that sector.” Fairweather noted that communications skills such as those developed in the journalism program remain in demand. Program Director Terry Tinkess said that while the program received between 40 and 100 applications each year since its inception in 2007, many students didn’t make journalism their first choice and declined their admission offer. Western University recently announced plans to replace its journalism MA with a joint journalism/communications degree. J-Press