Journalism (JOUR)



200 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent.
This course serves as preparation for the major for students preparing to transfer and is also intended to serve as an elective for students interested in learning to write for newspapers and other publications. The course is an introduction to evaluating, gathering, and writing news in accepted journalistic style under newsroom conditions. Topics include the role of the reporter and the legal and ethical issues related to reporting. Students have writing and reporting experiences, including personal interviews, speech, meeting and other event coverage, deadline writing, and use of AP style. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

201 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Journalism 200 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; English 105 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course offers instruction in advanced journalistic practices. Emphasis is placed on feature, magazine and opinion writing, including investigative and multicultural reporting. Topics also include legal and ethical issues related to reporting. Principles learned can apply to print and online journalism. The course serves as preparation for the major for students preparing to transfer, and is also intended to serve as an elective for students interested in learning to write for newspapers and other publications, including the campus newspaper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

202 Introduction to Mass Communication - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Radio and Television 200.
This course provides a survey of mass communication and the interrelationships of media with society, including history, structure, and trends. Discussion focuses on analysis of the impact of the media on society and culture as well as on ways that social institutions shape the media. Problems and issues are examined in light of social and cultural constructs, economics, technology, law and ethics, and social issues, including gender and cultural diversity. This course is designed for transfer students in the social sciences, for journalism majors, and any student interested in how society and mass media are interrelated. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC.

205 Editing for Print Journalism - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Journalism 200 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course offers instruction in editing techniques for news publications. Course content covers publication planning, copy editing, headline writing, use of photos and graphics, layout and design, advertising sales and design, news judgment and editorial leadership. Principles learned apply to print and online journalism. The course serves as preparation in the journalism major for students preparing to transfer. It also serves as an elective for students interested in learning to write for newspapers and other publications, including the campus newspaper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

206 Online Journalism - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6; Computer Business Technology 161 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Radio and Television 151 or 157, with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent.
This course provides a basic examination of current online news trends and multimedia reporting techniques. The course covers skills necessary to produce basic multimedia reports, audio slide shows, and blogs. The course also provides instruction in ethical, legal and social issues affecting online journalists, as well as an exploration of online audiences. The course is intended for journalism majors or those seeking career development. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210A Newspaper Production - 6-9 hours lab, 2-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: English 48 and English 49, each with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent, or Assessment Skill Levels R5 and W5.
This course is designed to provide experience in the production and publication of a student newspaper. Emphasis is placed on helping beginning students gain experience in the gathering and writing of news and features. Students at this level learn the basic principles of reporting, news writing, copy editing, photography, and newspaper design and layout. Assignments focus on routine stories, and may include editorials or features such as profiles. Copy editing is limited to reading for technical errors. This class is designed for students with an interest in print media and provides instruction in the journalistic process on an entry level. Skills developed in this course include research techniques and the evaluation and analysis of information. Students are guided by ongoing advice, criticism, and evaluation from a faculty adviser. Students enrolled in the course for 2 units are expected to participate in the production of the student newspaper for at least 6 hours per week, while students enrolled for 3 units are expected to participate at least 9 hours per week and contribute more extensively to the layout and/or production of the paper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210B Newspaper Production 2 - 6-9 hours lab, 2-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Journalism 210A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is designed to provide additional ongoing experience in the production and publication of a student newspaper. Emphasis is placed on helping students progress in the gathering and writing of news and features. This class provides exposure to the journalistic process beyond the entry level and guides students to polish reporting, newswriting, editing, design, and photography skills, tackle more complex subjects, and assume more responsibility for the design of their own pages. Students continue to develop research skills and engage in the evaluation and analysis of information and are guided by ongoing advice, criticism and evaluation from a faculty adviser. Students enrolled in the course for 2 units are expected to participate in the production of the student newspaper for at least 6 hours per week, while students enrolled in the course for 3 units are expected to participate at least 9 hours and contribute more extensively to the layout and/or production of the paper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210C Newspaper Production 3 - 6-9 hours lab, 2-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Prerequisite: Journalism 210B with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is designed to provide additional ongoing experience in the production and publication of a student newspaper. Emphasis is placed on helping students progress to an intermediate level in the gathering and writing of news and features. Students conduct in-depth reporting and write more sophisticated news stories and may also serve as section editors or assist editors with copy editing, assignments, photography, the news budget, and design. Additionally students develop skill in setting newspaper policies, mentoring others, working in teams, and uncovering news stories. Students are guided by ongoing advice, criticism, and evaluation from a faculty adviser. Student enrolled in the course for 2 units are expected to participate in the production of the student newspaper for 6 hours per week, while students enrolled for 3 units are expected to participate at least 9 hours per week, and contribute more extensively to the layout and production of the paper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210D Newspaper Production 4 - 6-9 hours lab, 2-3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Prerequisite: Journalism 210C with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is designed to provide additional ongoing experience in the production and publication of a student newspaper. Emphasis is placed on helping students progress to an advanced level in the gathering and writing of news and features. In addition to reporting and writing, students at this level, assume responsibility for organizing and managing the newsroom, which includes conducting story conferences, developing the news budget, assigning stories, coaching reporters, and editing and designing the paper in its entirety. Students may also make photo assignments and provide coaching for novice photographers. Students are guided by ongoing advice, criticism and evaluation from a faculty adviser. Students enrolled in the course for 2 units are expected to participate in the production of the student newspaper for 6 hours per week, while students enrolled for 3 units are expected to participate at least 9 hours per week and contribute extensively to the layout and production of the paper. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.