Course Descriptions - Digital Journalism (DJRN)



100 Mass Media in the Digital Age - 3 hours lecture, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course offers a new-media approach to studying mass communication in the United States. It covers emerging technologies, history, structure, social impact, and trends in television, cinema, radio, print, and journalism. Discussion focuses on analysis of the impact of current and emerging media forms on society and culture, as well as on ways that media and social institutions shape each other. Problems and issues are examined in light of social and cultural constructs, economics, technology, law and ethics, and social issues. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU, UC Transfer Limitation: DJRN 100 AND JOUR 202 combined: maximum credit, one course; C-ID JOUR 100.

200 Newswriting for Multimedia - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Letter Grade or Pass/No Pass Option)

Advisory: EEnglish 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6.
This course offers a new-media approach to introducing the fundamentals of newswriting and reporting for online and print environments. Emphasis is on newsgathering strategies, writing basic news stories, and producing news content on deadline. Topics also include legal and ethical issues in news media, including the unique challenges posed by emerging online formats. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 110.

201 Feature Writing for Multimedia - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 with a grade of “C” or better or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6, English 105, Digital Journalism 200, 210, Radio and Television 140, Journalism 200, 206 or 210A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course offers a new-media approach to teaching the principles of feature writing for online and print news publications. The course guides students through the process of story development through completion in accepted journalistic style. The course also covers legal and ethical issues in news media, including the unique challenges posed by emerging online formats. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

205 Community Journalism for Multimedia - 2 hours lecture, 3 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6; Digital Journalism 200, 210, Radio Television and Film 140, Journalism 200 or 210A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent. This course offers a new-media approach to covering public affairs for online and print news environments. The course guides students through the process of community news reporting. Topics include coverage of local and regional government, city boards, police, courts, and school boards. The course also covers legal and ethical issues in news media, including the unique challenges posed by emerging online formats. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

210 News Reporting and Editing for Publication - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 or English 105, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels R6 and W6 or Digital Journalism 200, Radio, Television and Film 140 or Journalism 200 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the first of four production labs in digital journalism. It introduces students to writing and production for online and print news media. Students gain practical experience in a lab environment through producing and editing a variety of news material, and through applying concepts in media ethics, design, and business. The course is taught in a newsroom using a convergence model in which students collaborate with other student media on campus. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 130.

211 Online News Concepts for Publication - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Digital Journalism 210 or Journalism 210A, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the second of four production labs in digital journalism. It offers ongoing refinement of concepts for online and print news media production. Students practice every stage of the online and print news production process in a lab environment. The course is taught in a newsroom using a convergence model in which students collaborate with other student media on campus. Although newswriting is a key component, the course primarily focuses on online content development and news editing practices. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 131.

212 News Publication Management - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Digital Journalism 211 or Journalism 210B, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the third of four production labs in digital journalism. It offers students the opportunity to manage the production process for an online and print news publication. The course offers instruction in news management responsibilities, newsroom structure, deadline adherence and business practices, and further instruction in the news editing process. The course is taught in a newsroom using a convergence model in which students collaborate with other student media on campus. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

213 Advanced News Publication Management - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Digital Journalism 212 or Journalism 210C, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course is the final of four production labs in digital journalism. It focuses on developing advanced editorial management skills for online or print news publication. The course is taught in a newsroom using a convergence model in which students collaborate with other student media on campus. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

215 Photo Journalism and Documentary Photography - 1.5 hours lecture, 4.5 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Prerequisite: Photography 100 or Photography 143, each with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
Limitation on Enrollment:This course is not open to students with previous credit for Photography 215.
This course is not open to students with previous credit for Photography 215. This class covers the use of photographs to illustrate news stories, feature stories, and other narrative content. It explores the equipment used by professional photojournalists in this field, and their interaction with the photo editor/buyer. It examines the approaches to the creation of their images from the objective news photo to the persuasive documentary image. The course is designed for intermediate to advanced photo students with an interest in pictorial media. This course is cross listed with Photography 215. (FT) AA/AS; CSU; C-ID JOUR 160.

220 Reporting and Editing for Specialty Publications - 9 hours lab, 3 units (Grade Only)

Advisory: English 101 or English 105 with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent or Assessment Skill Levels W6 and R6 or Digital Journalism 200, Digital Journalism 210, Radio, Television and Film 140, Journalism 200 or Journalism 210A with a grade of “C” or better, or equivalent.
This course introduces students to writing and production for online and print specialty publications such as magazines and niche media. Students gain practical experience in a lab environment through producing feature news material, and through applying concepts in media ethics, design, and business. The course is taught in a newsroom using a convergence model in which students collaborate with other student media on campus. This course is designed for students pursuing media-related majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.

220 Independent Study - 3-9 hours other, 1-3 units (Grade Only)

Limitation on Enrollment: Must obtain an Add Code from the instructor for enrollment. This course is designed for students who wish to pursue special projects or studies in the discipline and is not intended to replace an existing course. A written contract with the instructor is required. This course is designed for students pursuing mediarelated majors and for those seeking employment in the field. (FT) AA/AS; CSU.