The Journalism A.A. degree is for students who have a goal of becoming media professionals, for which a degree is now expected. Some students pursuing this degree are non-CSU transfers who plan to major or minor in journalism at a four-year university and can complete lower-division major requirements through the associate degree. Other students are re-entry students with four-year degrees and want to add an associate degree in journalism to their resume so they can obtain multimedia skills, which are a necessity in today’s journalism. Other re-entry students desire a Journalism A.A. that will provide them with the skills to work in journalism.
A major in journalism offers students the opportunity to take courses in media theories, news writing and reporting, AP style, and writing for publication, which readies them for the following courses that offer hands-on experience in three award-winning, student-produced publications: the Express, a biweekly print newspaper; Mainline, a magazine published once a semester; and saccityexpress.com, the online news publication. The Journalism degree prepares students for university-level studies in Journalism and leads to entry-level employment and careers in print, broadcast, and online news media.
- copy editors
- Layout designer
- News producer
- write clear and concise stories that adhere to journalistic conventions.
- conduct research and evaluate information using appropriate methods.
- demonstrate an understanding of basic news, feature writing, and reporting in print and on-line media.
- apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.
- Understand how modern mass media influences society.