Military Journalism Course


Started in 2002, this nine-day course introduces university students to military journalism and the Canadian Armed Forces. The course includes a combination of media-military theory in a classroom setting, coupled with field visits to Armed Forces regular and reserve units. The goal of the program is to enhance the military education of future Canadian journalists who will report on Canadian military activities domestically and abroad. Through this education the media will become a better conduit to communicate defence and foreign affairs issues to the Canadian public. In 2007, the program introduced its first Francophone Military Journalism course held at the Université de Montréal and Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Québec City. Both courses have developed excellent reputations and are consistently given outstanding evaulations by the students.








Twelve students enrolled in the 3rd or 4th year (minimum) of an eligible Canadian University journalism degree program.



A nine-day certificate course introducing students to military journalism and the Canadian Forces. The course includes a combination of media-military theory in a classroom setting, coupled with field visits to regular force and reserve units. Click here for a sample itinerary, photos from previous courses and a course summary.



April 27 – May 7, 2014.



Classroom work - Centre for Military and Strategic Studies, University of Calgary Fieldwork - Calgary reserve units and Edmonton-based regular force units.


Included in the scholarship are: transportation to and from Calgary, accommodation, meals, and ground transportation in Alberta.


Submissions must be post marked no later than March 14, 2014. CMSS cannot be held responsible for delays in postal or courier services.


Requirements: two hard copies of each of the following in English – a cover letter, a resume, an unofficial transcript of your grades, a 500-word essay stating your interest in the course, two different examples of published writing (no web links to published material please), and two confidential academic letters of reference from instructors which must be included in your submission. These reference letters must be sealed and signed by the instructors across the seal. Please do not send tapes, CDs or DVDs. Your cover letter must include a full mailing address, phone number, FAX number and e-mail address. Please indicate in your letter if the mailing address is the same location you will be traveling from if selected.


All applicants will receive notification of their status by March 31, 2014.


Submissions should be sent to:

Attention: Dr. Bob Bergen

Centre for Military and Strategic Studies

The University of Calgary

2500 University Drive N.W.

Calgary, AB. T2N 1N4


For further information: or Nancy Pearson-Mackie: 403-220-4030









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2012 Course Summary

2011 Course Summary

2009 Course Photographs

2007 & 2008 Course Photographs

2006 Course Photographs

2004 Course Photographs

2003 Course Photographs







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