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Journalism (SOC CODE: 27-3022.00)

Job Description Overview

Collect and analyze facts about newsworthy events by interview, investigation, or observation. Report and write stories for newspaper, news magazine, radio, or television.

Related Careers

  • Reporters and Correspondents
  • Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers
  • Radio and Television Announcers
  • Photographers
  • Broadcast News Analysts
  • Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture

Sample Job Duties

  • Receive assignments or evaluate leads or tips to develop story ideas.
  • Research a story's background information to provide complete and accurate information.
  • Arrange interviews with people who can provide information about a story.
  • Establish and maintain relationships with individuals who are credible sources of information.
  • Report news stories for publication or broadcast, describing the background and details of events.
  • Gather information about events through research, interviews, experience, or attendance at political, news, sports, artistic, social, or other functions.
  • Revise work to meet editorial approval or to fit time or space requirements.
  • Review and evaluate notes taken about news events to isolate pertinent facts and details.
  • Investigate breaking news developments, such as disasters, crimes, or human-interest stories.
  • Review written, audio, or video copy and correct errors in content, grammar, or punctuation, following prescribed editorial style and formatting guidelines.

    What Classes Do I Need to Take?

    • Communication Emphasis: AA Liberal Arts & Sciences

      Degree A8982
      An emphasis in Communication provides the student with an understanding of communication strategies, reasoning, logic, and critical analysis as it relates to human interaction within multiple cultural contexts.

      This degree requires the completion of General Education coursework plus the following:

      Required Courses

      Required Core7
      SPCH 1A
      Public Speaking (Required course)
      or SPCH 1AH
      Public Speaking - Honors
      or SPCH 2
      Fundamentals of Communication
      SPCH 26
      Interpersonal Communication
      or SPCH 26H
      Interpersonal Communication - Honors
      Choose eleven units from the following:11
      SPCH 1A
      Public Speaking
      or SPCH 1AH
      Public Speaking - Honors
      SPCH 2
      Fundamentals of Communication
      SPCH 3
      Voice and Diction
      SPCH 4
      Performance of Literature
      SPCH 6
      Group Communication
      SPCH 7
      Intercultural Communication
      or SPCH 7H
      Intercultural Communication - Honors
      SPCH 8
      Professional and Organizational Speaking
      or SPCH 8H
      Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
      SPCH 15
      Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
      SPCH 16
      Forensics: Individual Event Team
      SPCH 17
      Forensics: Debate Team
      SPCH 18
      Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
      SPCH 20
      Argumentation and Debate
      or SPCH 20H
      Argumentation and Debate - Honors
      SPCH 30
      Gateway to Communication Studies
      SPCH 99
      Special Projects in Speech
      JOUR 100
      Introduction to Mass Media
      JOUR 101
      Beginning Newswriting
      JOUR 102
      Intermediate Newswriting
      JOUR 111
      Writing Broadcast and Web News
      PHOT 10
      Basic Digital and Film Photography
      R-TV 01
      Introduction to Electronic Media
      R-TV 11A
      Beginning Radio Production
      R-TV 19A
      Beginning Video Production
      R-TV 99
      Special Projects in Broadcasting and Entertainment Industry
      For Area of Emphasis
      Total Units18

      Communication Website 

    • Communication Studies: AA-T

      Humanities and Social Sciences Division
      Degree A0325

      Communication Studies is a broad-based discipline with foundational coursework in oral communication theory and skills development, augmented with course options that add dimension and depth to the student’s understanding of the discipline – such as interpersonal, group, organizational and intercultural communication, argumentation, journalism, forensics, and communication research methods.

      The degree program requires students to critically analyze information and arguments, select and research an appropriate topic and thesis, and logically organize the supporting material into a well-crafted presentation. Students will employ appropriate verbal and nonverbal delivery skills and visual aids to present a message to an audience in a conversational and confident manner; and formulate communication solutions to problems in a range of contexts. Students will create messages appropriate for diverse audiences and listeners and develop an improved understanding of themselves as communicators.

      To earn an Associate in Arts in Communication Studies for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester Units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 Units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      SPCH 1APublic Speaking4
      or SPCH 1AH Public Speaking - Honors
      List A
      Choose two courses from the following:6
      SPCH 6
      Group Communication
      SPCH 20
      Argumentation and Debate
      or SPCH 20H
      Argumentation and Debate - Honors
      SPCH 26
      Interpersonal Communication
      or SPCH 26H
      Interpersonal Communication - Honors
      List B
      Choose any two courses from the following or any one course not selected from List A:6-7
      SPCH 2
      Fundamentals of Communication
      SPCH 4
      Performance of Literature
      SPCH 7
      Intercultural Communication
      or SPCH 7H
      Intercultural Communication - Honors
      Limit of three units from:
      JOUR 100
      Introduction to Mass Media
      SPCH 15
      Forensics: Fundamentals of Contest Speech and Debate
      or SPCH 16
      Forensics: Individual Event Team
      or SPCH 17
      Forensics: Debate Team
      or SPCH 18
      Forensics: Reader's Theater Team
      List C
      Choose at least one course from the following or any one course not selected from List A or List B:3-4
      ENGL 1C
      Critical Thinking and Writing
      or ENGL 1CH
      Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
      JOUR 101
      Beginning Newswriting
      SPCH 3
      Voice and Diction
      SPCH 8
      Professional and Organizational Speaking
      or SPCH 8H
      Professional and Organizational Speaking - Honors
      SPCH 30
      Gateway to Communication Studies
      Total Units for Major19-21
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
      Total Units60
      1

      Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC.

      Communication Website 

      Guided Pathway of Study

    • Journalism: AA-T

      Humanities and Social Science Division
      Degree A0400
      The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer provides a broad base of education in the discipline and introduces students to journalism and multimedia. It gives students the option of studying journalistic writing for traditional and online media. Completion of the degree provides students with the core skills and knowledge needed to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Journalism. Students who earn this degree will be able to transfer to university or enter the local job market. In this program, students will gain hands-on experience with all aspects of news gathering, organizing, writing, and disseminating information.

      To earn an Associate in Arts degree for Transfer a student must complete 60 semester units that are eligible for transfer to the CSU that consist of: IGETC pattern or CSU GE breadth and a major of at least 18 units. Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework to receive an associate degree for transfer and all courses in the major must be completed with a C or better. Students earning an associate degree for transfer will not be required to complete any other local graduation requirements.

      Required Courses

      Core Courses
      JOUR 100Introduction to Mass Media3
      JOUR 101Beginning Newswriting3
      JOUR 114Student News Media Staff3
      LIST A
      Choose one course from the following:3
      JOUR 102
      Intermediate Newswriting
      JOUR 108
      Introduction to Public Relations
      JOUR 115
      Student News Media Editing Staff
      JOUR 116
      Multimedia Storytelling
      LIST B
      Choose two courses from the following 6-7
      BUSC 1A
      Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics
      or BUSC 1AH
      Principles of Economics - Macroeconomics - Honors
      ENGL 1C
      Critical Thinking and Writing
      or ENGL 1CH
      Critical Thinking and Writing - Honors
      PHOT 10
      Basic Digital and Film Photography
      POLI 1
      Introduction to American Government and Politics
      or POLI 1H
      Introduction to American Government and Politics - Honors
      POLI 2
      Comparative Politics
      SPCH 20
      Argumentation and Debate
      or SPCH 20H
      Argumentation and Debate - Honors
      Total Units for Major18-19
      CSU General Education or IGETC Pattern 139-42
      Total Units60
      1

       Courses may be double-counted with either CSU-GE or IGETC

      Journalism Website

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