Journalism101 INTRODUCTION TO MASS COMMUNICATIONS
(Also listed as Mass Communications 101)


3 Units

Journalism 101 is an introductory course exploring the history, institutions, and social impact of mass communication media, including print, photography, recordings, fi lm, television, computers, and the role of advertising and public relations. The course is taught from a perspective of theories of persuasion, the symbolic power of images, and the relationship between information and knowledge. Special attention is given to the impact of these media on how we live and believe as individuals and as a society. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 101.

Transfer credit: CSU, UC, USC (CAN JOUR 4)

102 REPORTING THE NEWS

3 Units

Journalism 102 is an introductory course in the gathering and writing news, features, and editorials. Emphasis is on clear and concise written expression with laboratory drill in English fundamentals. Study of news sources, acceptable forms for stories, style and methods of various media, elementary editing, and law and ethics of communication. Newspapers and other media at the local community level as well as the national metropolitan levels are utilized. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 101.

Transfer credit: CSU (CAN JOUR 2)

103 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS STAFF

3 Units

Journalism 103 is a course in writing news, feature, and editorial copy, copy reading and editing, headline writing, newspaper layout and make-up and the mechanics of newspaper production. Study of law and ethics of the press and over-all emphasis on the function and responsibility of the newspaper. Second semester stress is on interpretive reporting. Class produces the campus newspaper El Vaquero. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Prerequisite: Journalism 102 or Mass Communications 102, or equivalen.

Transfer credit: CSU

104 STUDENT PUBLICATIONS EDITORS

3 Units

Journalism 104 is an advanced course in writing news, feature, and editorial copy, copy reading and editing, headline writing, newspaper layout and makeup, and the mechanics of newspaper production. Study of law and ethics of the press and over-all emphasis on the function and responsibility of the newspaper. Second semester stress is on interpretative reporting. Class produces the campus newspaper El Vaquero. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 4 hours.

Prerequisite: Journalism 103 or Mass communications 103.

Note: An interview and instructor consent may be required. This course may be taken 2 times; a maximum of 6 units may be earned.

Transfer credit: CSU

106 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM I

3 Units

Journalism 106 covers the process of gathering, writing, editing, and presenting the news on radio and television. Particular emphasis is placed on writing for broadcast, news judgment, visual considerations versus sound, interviewing techniques, ethics, scripting, and news organizations infrastructure. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour.

Prerequisite: None.

Transfer credit: CSU

107 MAGAZINE WRITING

3 Units

Journalism 107 focuses on feature writing for magazines and newspapers. Students learn how to fi nd feature ideas and develop them into articles for student or professional publications. The creative story-telling side of journalism is stressed. The free-lance market for feature writers is discussed. Lecture 3 hours.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 101.

Transfer credit: CSU

110 PHOTOJOURNALISM

3 Units

Journalism 110 provides instruction in techniques for producing photos for news and feature articles. Students learn effective ways to take photos to accompany articles, as well as to use photos to tell a story of their own. Both conventional and digital photography is used. Lecture 2 hours; laboratory 4 hours.

Recommended preparation: Eligibility for English 101.

Transfer credit: CSU

116 INTRODUCTION TO BROADCAST JOURNALISM II

3 Units

Journalism 116 continues to develop the process of gathering, writing, editing, and presenting the news on radio and television. This course involves practical application of the skills. Students produce, report, and anchor a news segment for cable broadcast. In addition, they will produce and host a half-hour magazine format show for cable broadcast. Emphasis is placed on writing for broadcast, new judgment, visual versus sound considerations, interviewing techniques, ethics, scripting, and new organizations infrastructure. Students will also be introduced to various radio formats and perform on the campus radio station. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Journalism 106 or equivalent.

210 ADVANCED NEWS WRITING

3 Units

Journalism 210 emphasizes public affairs reporting. Students will cover public meetings both on and off campus, including trials, school board meetings, and city countcil meetings. They will also contribute to the college newspaper, El Vaquero. The emphasis is on print journalism, but students will also be exposed to braoadcasting, the Internet, and podcasting. Emphasis will be given to jounalistic law and ethics. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour.

Prerequisite: Journalism 102 or equivalent.

Transfer Credit: CSU

250 Visual Communication

3 Units

Journalism 250 surveys the techniques and examples of visual communication employed in the mass media, including newspapers, magazines, television, the Internet, and advertising. It is designed to lead students to an understanding of the possibilities of visual communication in the mass media. Designed to both show students how the media use images and how they might incorporate visual images into their own work, the course will expose students to both practitioners and scholars in the filed. This class will expose students to images and theories of use of images and encourage them to develop their critical thinking skills by learning the language and theory of the disciplines. Lecture 3 hours, laboratory 1 hour.

Prerequisite: None

Transfer Credit: CSU


Some courses not offered during the current semester may be taken for Independent Study or are offered as student interest demands. Please contact the Language Arts Division for more information.

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