Program: Journalism

Overview

Journalism

The Journalism program prepares students with a body of knowledge and a system of inquiry, scholarship and training for careers in which they are accountable to the public interest for their knowledge, ethics, competence, and service; to citizens, clients or consumers for their competencies and the quality of their work; and to employers for their performance. 

Career Opportunities

This field of concentration, with an emphasis in Newspapers/Magazines or social media, provides a basic program for students interested in careers requiring journalistic training, such as newspaper or internet reporting, magazine or free-lance writing. 

The emphasis in Public Relations provides a basic program for students interested in careers in any aspect of public relations and in writing and editing in-house or websites or social-media platforms. 

The Publication Specialist emphasis provides a basic program for students interested in learning to produce a variety of publications including newsletters, brochures, websites, proposals, social media platforms and house magazines. 

The Certificate of Achievement provides access to entry-level employment in a variety of journalism-related fields. These include newspapers, magazines, websites, newsletters, social media platforms and press relation offices. 

The Photojournalism Certificate of Achievement provides students with the ability to learn the entry-level skills necessary to embark upon a career in the news online and documentary photography field. It includes an emphasis on practical applications leading to career advancement.

Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T), Journalism 

The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree is designed to provide students with exciting hands-on media training for students interested in journalism or other mass communication career options. Courses such as Beginning Newswriting and Reporting, Intro to Global Communication, Multimedia Newsroom, Photojournalism and Magazine Feature Writing prepare students to become strong researchers, information gatherers, vital communicators and advocates needed today in industries such as journalism, reporting, news production, advertising, media relations, public information and other forms of mass communications. Students also develop important technical skills in industry software and learn vital production processes while building social skills. Students are trained to be knowledgeable about the variety of jobs, functions and production process of the mass media industry. They will be able to produce quality media content based on current media standards and they will understand the role of journalism and mass media in society. The study of journalism develops critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that are crucial for success at the university level. The overall mission of this program is to aid students in developing the requisite knowledge and skills to excel upon transfer to the CSU and UC systems.

Student Learning Outcomes
  • Gather and prepare material accurately and fairly while meeting deadlines.
  • Apply teamwork skills to publish a newspaper, magazine, or website.

Associate in Arts (AA), Journalism – Newspaper/Magazine

This field of concentration, with an emphasis in newspapers and magazines, provides a basic program for students interested in careers requiring journalistic training, such as newspaper or Internet reporting, magazine or free-lance writing.

Associate in Arts (AA), Journalism – Publication Relations

The emphasis in Public Relations provides a basic program for students interested in careers in any aspect of public relations and in writing and editing in-house or websites. 

Associate in Arts (AA), Journalism – Publication Specialist

The Publication Specialist emphasis provides a basic program for students interested in learning to produce a variety of publications including newsletters, brochures, websites, proposals, social- media platforms and house magazines. 

Certificate of Achievement, Photojournalism 

The Photojournalism Certificate of Achievement provides students with the ability to learn the entry-level skills necessary to embark upon a career in the news online and documentary photography field. It includes an emphasis on practical applications leading to career advancement.