The Mt. San Antonio journalism program is one of the largest and most successful community college programs in the state. Journalism students enroll in a variety of courses, from the study of mass media and news writing to multimedia techniques and web publishing. Students can serve on the print and digital editions of the college newspaper, the Mountaineer (the online MountieWire), and Substance Magazine where they encounter real-world experiences to prepare them for employment in contemporary media.
Journalism students learn how to write and edit in a variety of genres, including news writing, opinion, features, critical review, and sports; they also gain an understanding of the best practices for print and online media. Students acquire working knowledge of the new media technologies, such as podcasts, videocasts, and audio slideshows.
The student-produced and edited Mountaineer is a five-time winner of the General Excellence award from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) and a three-time winner of the California College Media Association’s (CCMA) General Excellence Award. The program’s Substance Magazine won the JACC General Excellence Award five consecutive years in a row, and First Place General Excellence from the CCMA. Substance received the “Maggie Award” from the Western Publishing Association, an award given to the best college magazine on the West Coast.
Mt. SAC journalism students regularly sweep the JACC and CCMA contests in categories ranging from news writing, feature writing, critical review and opinion, to broadcast, design, photography and multimedia. After they complete their studies at Mt. SAC, many journalism students transfer to top four-year colleges and universities throughout California and the nation, and many land positions at major news and media organizations.