Journalism Courses

Our courses don't just prepare you for the industry -- we prepare you for life.

Journalism courses aren’t just about writing news articles. In our department, you’ll have an opportunity to explore important life skills such as analytical thinking, research and interviewing skills, concise writing, design and social media marketing. The journalism industry is evolving and it can take you beyond the newsroom into tech, public relations, marketing, brand management, copywriting or advertising. We can help you learn how to advocate for yourself, your community and others. Come explore all of the possibilities with us!

Journalism 18A / News Production I

Basics of reporting: news-gathering, interviewing, accuracy, note-taking and transcribing notes, writing the news story; the lede, the body, conclusion for bi-weekly newspaper. Includes practical experience in design/layout, visual, online, multimedia journalism and emerging technologies.
Recommended preparation: Journalism 21
Acceptable for credit: CSU

Note: Students who enroll in Journalism 18 must take 18A first in the 18ABCD sequence. Students can take News Production up to four semesters.

Journalism 18B / News Production II

Intermediate level reporting, photography, and production skills required for work on the campus newspaper: Computer applications for writing stories, desktop publishing, and photographic images. Includes practical experience in design/layout, visual, online, multimedia journalism, emerging technologies and leadership/management.

Journalism 18C / News Production III

Journalism 18D / News Production IV

4 Units

Journalism 20 / Photojournalism

This course covers skills that are essential for visual communication in all fields including journalism, business, marketing, non-profit organizations, medicine and science. Required for Photography major and included in Journalism AA for transfer degree. Acceptable for credit, CSU.

3 Units

Journalism 21 / Newswriting

Introduction to evaluating, gathering and writing news in accepted journalistic style: Feature and opinion writing emphasizing expository writing, logic, critical thinking, and points of view; role of the reporter, and legal and ethical issues related to newspaper writing.
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC

3 Units


Journalism 33 / Smartphone Reporting

Introduction to smartphone reporting: Use of video, photos, audio, and text to convey interactive news and feature stories using an iPhone or Android smartphone; creating content for social media.

3 Units

Journalism 49 / Independent Study in Journalism

In-depth exploration of an area or problem of the student’s choice not covered by regular catalog offerings in Journalism. Student must obtain approval from an appropriate faculty member. For more details, see the section on independent study in the college catalog.


Journalism 62 / Survey of Mass Media

Survey of traditional and non-traditional mass media in America: Impact of mass media trends and technology into the 21st century; critical analysis of media messages and examination of mass media from historical, political, social, and cultural perspectives.
(Not open for credit to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in COMM 19.)
AA/AS area 2, 4d; CSU area D; IGETC area 4 (C-ID: JOUR 100)
Acceptable for credit: CSU, UC

3 Units

Journalism 69 / Multimedia Reporting for Journalists

Introduction to multimedia storytelling in Journalism: Use of video, photos, audio, and text to convey interactive news and feature stories through the Internet and other electronic media; techniques in digital research, critical thinking, and synthesis.

3 Units