Alberta’s largest cities boast a solid roster of journalism schools. Their roots date back to when Walter Cronkite dominated the broadcast world and Rolling Stone was just a newcomer on the newsstands. Since the 1960s, Edmonton’s Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and Calgary’s SAIT Polytechnic (SAIT) have offered two-year journalism diplomas that deliver fast-track, hands-on education. “We’re trying to get students work-ready,” said Willem Sijpheer, journalism chair at SAIT. “We do simulate a lot of the industry practices. The students seem to be more successful doing it this way. They like…living it, rather than just doing it out of a book.” SAIT has a program that lets students specialize in print and online journalism or photojournalism.