Journalism

200 Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting 3 hours lecture, 3 units Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
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/event coverage, deadline writing, and use of AP style. This course is designed for journalism majors and is intended for students interested in learning to write for student media and other publications. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 110.

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 R6 and W6.
Limitation on Enrollment: This course is not open to students with previous credit for Radio and Television 200.
This course is a survey of mass communication in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the historical and contemporary impact of the media on society and culture as well as on the ways that social institutions shape the media. Students examine media related issues as they related to social and cultural constructs, economics, technology, law and ethics, and social issues. This course is designed for journalism majors and all students interested in the relationship between mass media and society. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; UC Transfer Limitation: DJRN 100 and JOUR 202 combined: maximum credit, one course; C-ID JOUR 100.

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

Prerequisite: Journalism 200, Journalism 210A or Journalism 206, each 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 Level R6 and W6. Computer Business Technology 161 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: Digital Media Production 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; C-ID JOUR 120.

210A Newspaper Production 1 6-9 hours lab, 2-3 units Grade Only

Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Level R6 and W6.
This course focuses on writing and producing student news publications using the student newspaper and its online version as a practical laboratory that produces a journalistic product for distribution to a college-wide audience. Students work primarily in one of the following areas: researching, writing, and editing articles for the two publications; taking photographs and creating graphic illustrations; developing multimedia stories; or designing pages. Ethical and legal aspects of communication are also covered. This course is intended for students majoring in journalism and all students interested in working on student news publications. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 130.

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.