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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

JOUR 299
Experimental Offering in Journalism
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
JOUR 300
Newswriting and Reporting
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 300
General Education: AA/AS Area II(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Introductory course in basic news writing and reporting. Course concentrates on fundamental writing techniques for mass media. Course also emphasizes the legal and ethical responsibilities of the news media with critical analysis of current news reporting practices. (C-ID JOUR 110)
JOUR 301
Advanced Newswriting and Reporting
3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: ENGWR 300
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course focuses on interpretive news writing with emphasis on public affairs, specialized reporting, mastery of fundamental reporting techniques, an introduction to feature and editorial writing, and an introduction to the tools of multimedia reporting.
JOUR 310
Mass Media and Society
3 Units
Same As: RTVF 300
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D; IGETC Area 4J
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Survey of the mass media: history, philosophy, structure and trends, as well as theories which help to explain effects and the importance of mass communications as a social institution. Exploration of economics, technology, law, ethics, and social issues, including cultural and ethnic diversity. This course is the same as RTVF 300, and only one may be taken for credit. (C-ID JOUR 100) (C-ID JOUR 100)
JOUR 320
Race and Gender in the Media
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D3; IGETC Area 4C
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course examines the roles of ethnic minorities and women in American society as depicted, documented and distorted in the mass media. Students will study ethnic, racial and gender issues in mass media content, development, policy, and professions, including media stereotypes, contributions of diverse groups to the media and mass communications as an agent of social change.
JOUR 330
Computer Familiarization
2 Units
Same As: CISC 302
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: BUSTEC 302
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC
This is an introductory course to provide general knowledge on how computers work, computer terminology and the impact of computers on society and the work environment. Beginning level hands-on instruction using an operating system, word processing software, spreadsheet software, database software, email and the Internet will be emphasized. Students will be reading and interpreting written and oral instructions of a technical nature. This course is the same as CISC 302, and only one may be taken for credit. See "Cross-Listed Courses" in the catalog.
JOUR 335
Introduction to Desktop Publishing
2 Units
Same As: CISA 330
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: JOUR 330; CISC 302 or 310; and CISA 305
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course provides an overview of desktop publishing (DTP) and a major desktop publishing application program. It includes page layout skills needed to produce newsletters, brochures, flyers, reports, and marketing material on the computer. Additionally it covers importing graphics and text, using palette menus, layers, master pages, and working with graphic and text frames.
JOUR 336
Intermediate Desktop Publishing
2 Units
Same As: CISA 331
Prerequisite: CISA 330 or JOUR 335 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB
This course builds upon previous desktop publishing software concepts and study. Topics include working with color, applying styles, importing and linking graphics, tabs and tables, and working with transparency effects. It also covers producing long documents and book features, output and exporting to PDF format, and creating interactive documents for online use. This course is the same as CISA 331, and only one may be taken for credit.
JOUR 340
Writing for Publication
3 Units
Same As: ENGWR 330
Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, HONOR 375, or JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This is an introductory course in writing nonfiction for publication. Emphasis will be on developing magazine articles that sell; finding ideas; analyzing magazines; writing query letters; researching and interviewing; organizing, writing and illustrating articles. Individual and class criticism of student work will be featured. This course is the same as ENGWR 330, and only one may be taken for credit.
JOUR 351
Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course is a study of the practice of public relations (PR); planning PR campaigns; preparing promotional messages for newspapers, magazines, radio, television, and online; using public relations techniques in business, education, entertainment, social service and other fields. (C-ID JOUR 150)
JOUR 355
Media Writing
1 Unit
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or eligibility for ENGWR 300 as demonstrated through the assessment process.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC
An introduction to writing copy for advertising, public relations, and publications. This course covers writing techniques and copy preparation for brochures, newsletters, in-house publications, press releases, display advertising, websites, and other visual presentations.
JOUR 404
Editing and Production
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Corequisite: JOUR 420 or 421
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
This course includes instruction and practice in editing and designing newspapers, magazines, technical reports, and online publications. Topics include copy editing, headline writing, photo editing, page make-up and design, and production methods. Editorial writing, press ethics, and press law are also discussed.
JOUR 410
College Media Production I
3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in one of the following: JOUR 300, 335, 404 or PHOTO 302.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course focuses on writing and producing student news media, using the school newspaper The Connection and its online companion www.thecrcconnection.com, as a practical laboratory that produces a journalistic product for distribution to a college-wide audience. Students will 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. (C-ID JOUR 130)
JOUR 411
College Media Production II
3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 410 with a grade of "C" or better
Advisory: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in one of the following: JOUR 300, 335, 404 or PHOTO 302.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course builds on experience gained in Journalism 410. During this second-semester course, students focus on intermediate writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The Connection and its online companion www.thecrcconnection.com, as a practical laboratory. Students will work in at least two 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. (C-ID JOUR 131)
JOUR 412
College Media Production III
3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 300 and 411 with grades of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course builds on the experience gained in Journalism 411. During this third-semester course, students focus on advanced intermediate writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The Connection and its online companion www.thecrcconnection.com, as a practical laboratory. Students will work in at least three 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.
JOUR 413
College Media Production IV
3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 412 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
This course builds on the experience gained in Journalism 412. During this fourth-semester course, students focus on advanced writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The Connection and its online companion www.thecrcconnection.com, as a practical laboratory. Students will produce work in each of the following areas: researching, writing, and editing advanced and in-depth articles for the two publications; taking photographs and creating graphic illustrations; developing multimedia stories; and designing pages. Ethical and legal aspects of communication and media leadership/management are also covered and students should serve in leadership roles.
JOUR 420
College Media Production Lab I
.5-3 Units
Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.
Corequisite: JOUR 404 and 410
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
This lab course helps students improve their writing, editing, photography, design, and computer skills as an addition to their enrollment in College Media Production I (JOUR 410) and/or Editing and Production (JOUR 404).
JOUR 421
College Media Production Lab II
.5-3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 420 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: JOUR 411
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
This lab course helps students build on skills gained in Journalism 410 and 420. During this second-semester course, students will continue to improve their skills in at least two of the following areas: writing, editing, photography, design, and web production skills as an addition to their enrollment in College Media Production II (JOUR 411).
JOUR 422
College Media Production Lab III
.5-3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 421 with a grade of "C" or better
Corequisite: JOUR 412
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
This lab course helps students build on skills gained in Journalism 411 and 421. During this third-semester course, students will continue to improve their skills in at least three of the following areas: writing, editing, photography, design, and web production skills as an addition to their enrollment in College Media Production III (JOUR 412).
JOUR 423
College Media Production Lab IV
.5-3 Units
Prerequisite: JOUR 422 with a grade of "C" or better
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 162 hours LAB
This lab course helps students build on skills gained in Journalism 412 and 422. During this fourth-semester course, students will continue to improve their skills in at least four of the following areas: writing, editing, photography, design, and web production skills as an addition to their enrollment in College Media Production IV (JOUR 413).
JOUR 495
Independent Studies in Journalism
1-3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC; 162 hours LAB
An independent studies project involves an individual student or small group of students in study, research, or activities beyond the scope of regularly offered courses. See the current catalog section of "Special Studies" for full details of Independent Studies.
JOUR 498
Work Experience in Journalism
1-4 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area III(b)
Enrollment Limitation: Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Journalism.
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 300 hours LAB
This course provides students with opportunities to develop marketable skills in preparation for employment in their major field of study or advancement within their career. It is designed for students interested in work experience and/or internships in transfer level degree occupational programs. Course content includes understanding the application of education to the workforce; completion of required forms which document the student's progress and hours spent at the work site; and developing workplace skills and competencies. Appropriate level learning objectives are established by the student and the employer. During the semester, the student is required to participate in a weekly orientation and 75 hours of related paid work experience, or 60 hours of unpaid work experience for one unit. An additional 75 or 60 hours of related work experience is required for each additional unit. Work Experience may be taken for a total of 16 units when there are new or expanded learning objectives. Only one Work Experience course may be taken per semester.
JOUR 499
Experimental Offering in Journalism
.5-4 Units
Prerequisite: None
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 18 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB