Program: 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. 


Start your career as a professional and/or specialist in the area below!

  • Journalist
  • Broadcaster
  • Photojournalist
  • Public relations official
  • Videographer
  • Documentarian

Degrees & Certificates

Journalism (AA-T) Curriculum Guide
Journalism (AA + Cert) Curriculum Guide

Explore the degrees and certificates offered by the Journalism program.

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

Plan Code: 5014B/C – 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 of 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.


  • 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

Plan Code: 1411 – 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 – Public Relations

Plan Code: 1412 – 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 – Publications Specialist

Plan Code: 1413 – 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 

Plan Code: 3414 – 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. 

Course Offerings

View courses offered in different semesters to assist in academic planning.

Course Name Fall Winter Spring Summer

Introduction to Public Relations

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Intro to Global Media Communications

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Beginning Newswriting and Reporting




Multimedia Newsroom: News


Multimedia Newsroom: Features


Multimedia Newsroom: Profiles


Multimedia Newsroom: Politics


Multimedia Editors: Design


Multimedia Editors: Visuals


Multimedia Editor Training: Management



How long does it take to complete the program?

Although the journalism program offers a variety of degrees and certificates, our Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer Degree (A.A.-T.) is the most popular and useful degree we offer. Students must complete four journalism courses, two related courses and their general education to Plan B or Plan C levels. We offer a path to complete the major requirements each semester, so a student could, in theory, complete the major requirements in one semester if they took four journalism courses.

Most likely, students will complete the entire degree in two to three years, depending on their willingness to take full course loads.

Make a 30-minute appointment with an academic counselor to receive services in educational plans, transcript evaluation, and career planning.


Students can take our courses in any order, but we recommend enrolling in JOUR 10: Intro to Global Media and JOUR 80: Multimedia Newsroom (student newspaper class) your first semester.

What should I take after that?

Our faculty meet with our students each semester to ensure they are taking the right classes to graduate in a timely fashion. For advice, contact Walter Hammerworld.

How can I work for the school newspaper/website?

Our student-run newspaper and website are a product of JOUR 80-83 and 86-88 classes. Join any of them to work for the paper.

Do I need skills/prior experience to join the student newspaper?

No. Our faculty and staff are excited to train students at all levels, including people with no experience, in all the facets of journalism.

Do I need a camera or any other gear to work for the student newspaper?

No. Our program is equipped with state-of-the-art professional gear, including still cameras, video cameras, audio recorders, studio gear. We believe we are better equipped than most local professional newsrooms.

How much freedom do I have on the student newspaper?

Our newspaper is 100 percent student-run. We have student editors who make all decisions on content. Students report. Student edit. Students make choices.

How do I get more information?

Contact Walter Hammerworld, we would be excited to have you join our program.

How do I receive my degree or certificate after I finish the coursework?

You will need to complete an application for your degree or certificate and submit that application to the LBCC Admissions & Records office. Visit Admissions & Records for more details.