The Journalism program is strongly committed to providing each student with the journalistic skills, ethics and educational background necessary to pursue a career in the journalism profession and/or to successfully transfer to a four-year university program. Students acquire these skills and this knowledge through a combination of instructional and experiential learning strategies. Through these two strategies students acquire an ethical framework for making decisions that produce unbiased stories of merit.
Some possible careers:
For newspapers/websites/magazines: reporter, editor, photographer, photo editor, page designer, graphic artist, illustrator, ad salesperson, web designer/editor, multimedia reporter/editor/designer. For video/television/radio: reporter, editor, videographer, producer, director. Also: mass media/journalism educator or researcher, website creator/manager, advertising and public relations writer/editor/director, freelance photographer/artist/illustrator.
Program Student Learning Outcome statement:
Students who complete the program will be able to:
* Effectively judge the “news value” of information concerning events and issues in contemporary society for the reading, viewing and listening public.
* Gather news and other information according to the ethical guidelines of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Canons of Community College Journalism.
* Write (photograph, video, design, etc. – depending on their specialty) news, feature and opinion articles (photographs, video segments, page designs, etc.) that adhere to basic standards of accuracy and clarity, and in the style dictated by the Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual.
* Apply their journalistic skills, ethics and decision-making abilities to performing their journalistic duties in media when they transfer to four-year universities and as media professionals.