Diversity and a commitment to excellence are the keys to the success of the Saddleback College journalism program. The Journalism curriculum offers students instruction in the range of academic areas necessary to transfer to a four-year college or university as a communications major, with a Journalism Lab to further complement one's studies in the field. Emphasis is on teaching media law, ethics, history and theory. Courses in the journalism program enable students to hone the skills needed to work in editorial departments of newspapers, magazines, industrial in-house publications, public relations programs in business or government, and related positions in the radio and television industry. The Journalism program publishes the weekly student newspaper, the Lariat, a two-time winner of the national Pacemaker award and Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame member,and Orange Appeal, an award-winning student magazine. The Journalism department awards AA/AS degrees and Certificates in Journalism General and Writer Journalist. Saddleback college has a variety of Journalism courses to select from.