In 2019, the DPS, in collaboration with The McGill Daily and Le Délit launched J-School, a series of hands-on and free workshops for people interested in learning journalistic skills, reinforcing the DPS’s identity as an alternative journalism school on a campus that doesn’t offer formal journalistic training.

Workshops are announced on the Facebook page of the The McGill Daily and Le Délit and registration functions on a first come, first serve basis. All workshops last approximately one hour (although some may last to an hour and a half) and are usually facilitated by one of our editors or by a guest facilitator with a particular expertise in the subject.

As an example, here is the list of the workshop that were offered during the 2018-2019 school year:

  • InDesign
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Premiere, with A.S. Krause from TVM: Student Television at McGill
  • Lightroom, with Michael Kurt from the McGill University Photography Students Society.
  • How to file an access to information request (ATI)
  • How to report on SSMU
  • Video journalism, with Michelle Gagnon, producer at CBC News
  • Copy Editing

J-School builds on a long tradition of commitment to creating new opportunities for student journalists. Over ten years ago the DPS created the Student Journalism Week Conference (commonly known on campus as J-Week) which was a yearly event at McGill University that brought together student, journalists, photographers, and other media professionals for three days of lectures, panels, and interactive workshops. A precursor of J-School, the conference was a chance for interested students to learn about the industry and its future, meet and network with professionals, and engage in conversations about journalism and media.

In 2018, and for the first time, the DPS partnered with the Tribune Publication Society (publisher of The McGill Tribune) to host Journalism, Redefined, a two-day conference that brought together aspiring and practicing journalists to share information and network. Speakers in attendance included, among others, CBC’s President and CEO Hubert Lacroix, New York Times correspondant Dan Bilefsky, The National’s anchor Adrienne Arsenault and Media@McGill awardee Christine Crowther.

If you have any questions or suggestions regarding J-School, please do not hesitate to contact us.

The DPS is thankful for the support of its sponsors, past and present, most particularly, Media@McGill and the Montreal Press Club, whose generous contributions over the years have made J-Week and J-School possible.