Catalog 2019-20

Journalism

Associate Degrees for Transfer

A.A.-T. in Journalism

The Journalism AA-T degree offers students the opportunity to take courses in media theories, news writing and reporting, and writing for publication, which readies them for the courses that offer hands-on experience at the award-winning, student-produced publications: The Connection, a biweekly print newspaper, and www.thecrcconnection.com, the daily online news outlet. The Journalism AA-T degree is for students who have a goal of transferring to the California State University to attain a Bachelor of Arts or Science in Journalism for the purpose of becoming journalism or communications professionals. Some students pursuing this degree may plan to minor in journalism at a CSU. Lower-division requirements for the major and minor in Journalism may be completed through the Journalism AA-T degree. The Journalism AA-T degree may be obtained by completing a total of 60 transferable semester units with a minimum 2.0 GPA, to include either the California State University General Education Breadth pattern or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum; students must also earn a grade of C or better in all the courses for the major as described in the Required Program. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students will be guaranteed admission to the CSU system with junior status and will not have to repeat lower division coursework. Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to develop their educational plans as degree options and general education requirements vary for each university.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society  (3) 3
  or RTVF 300 Mass Media and Society  (3)
JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting 3
JOUR 410 College Media Production I 3
A minimum of 3 units from the following: 3
JOUR 351 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques  (3)
JOUR 411 College Media Production II  (3)
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media  (3)
COMM 311 Argumentation and Debate  (3)
COMM 363 Introduction to Communication Theory  (3)
ECON 302 Principles of Macroeconomics  (3)
  or ECON 304 Principles of Microeconomics  (3)
ENGWR 302 Advanced Composition and Critical Thinking  (3)
PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography  (3)
POLS 301 Introduction to Government: United States  (3)
POLS 302 Introduction to Government: Foreign  (3)
STAT 300 Introduction to Probability and Statistics  (4)
Total Units: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

Write clear and concise stories that adhere to journalistic conventions.

Conduct research and evaluate information using appropriate methods.

Demonstrate an understanding of basic news and feature writing in print, broadcast, and on-line media.

Evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.

Produce news and feature articles, photographs, and/or multimedia packages for publication in a newspaper or on-line publication.

Understand and apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.

Apply ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.

Identify and explain the processes, elements, history, theory, and effects of modern mass media in society.

Career Information

The AA-T degree in Journalism can provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary for transfer to a 4-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree program. Career opportunities for students who have earned BS or BA degrees in Journalism include but are not limited to: news reporter, news editor, broadcast news writer, broadcast news producer, online news editor, online news producer, advertising copy writer, public relations representative. Some careers may require additional training. NOTE TO TRANSFER STUDENTS: The Associate Degree for Transfer program is designed for students who plan to transfer to a campus of the California State University (CSU). Other than the required core, the courses you choose to complete this degree will depend to some extent on the selected CSU for transfer. In addition, some CSU-GE Breadth or IGETC requirements can also be completed using courses required for this associate degree for transfer major (known as “double-counting”). Meeting with a counselor to determine the most appropriate course choices will facilitate efficient completion of your transfer requirements. For students wishing to transfer to other universities (UC System, private, or out-of-state), the Associate Degree for Transfer may not provide adequate preparation for upper-division transfer admissions; it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for the major, as programs vary widely in terms of the required preparation.

Associate Degrees

A.A. in Journalism

The Journalism program is designed to train students in the writing, reporting and critical thinking skills required for jobs in the news media or for transfer to a journalism program at a four-year institution. Highlights include: * Hands-on experience publishing the college's award-winning newspaper, The Connection. The newspaper showcases students' work in writing, photography, editing, graphic illustration and publication design * Hands-on experience producing the newspaper's award-winning website. The website allows students to publish breaking news, showcase photo galleries, and post audio and video clips to accompany stories. * Instruction and practice in desktop publishing, digital photography and graphics applications in the department's Macintosh laboratory or in the campus PC computer laboratory * Opportunities to attend state journalism conferences, compete for awards in writing, photography, editing and graphic art, and qualify for scholarships * Opportunities for internships at newspapers, magazines, websites, broadcast television stations, and in public relations firms Note to Transfer Students: If you are interested in transferring to a four-year college or university to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this major, it is critical that you meet with a CRC counselor to select and plan the courses for your major. Schools vary widely in terms of the required preparation. The courses that CRC requires for an Associate’s degree in this major may be different from the requirements needed for the Bachelor’s degree.

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society  (3) 3
JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting 3
JOUR 404 Editing and Production 3
JOUR 410 College Media Production I 3
PHOTO 301 Beginning Photography  (3) 3
  or PHOTO 302 Beginning Digital Photography  (3)
A minimum of 9 units from the following: 9
CISC 305 Introduction to the Internet  (1)
CISC 306 Introduction to Web Page Creation  (1)
JOUR 330 Computer Familiarization  (2)
  or CISC 302 Computer Familiarization  (2)
JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media  (3)
JOUR 335 Introduction to Desktop Publishing  (2)
JOUR 336 Intermediate Desktop Publishing  (2)
JOUR 340 Writing for Publication  (3)
PHOTO 400 Digital Imaging  (3)
JOUR 301 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting  (3)
Total Units: 24

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

PSLO 1: Write clear and concise stories that adhere to journalistic conventions.

PSLO 2: Conduct research and evaluate information using appropriate methods.

PSLO 3: Demonstrate an understanding of basic news and feature writing in print, broadcast, and on-line media.

PSLO 4: Evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.

PSLO 5: Produce news and feature articles, photographs, and/or multimedia packages for publication in a newspaper or on-line publication.

PSLO 6: Understand and apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.

PSLO 7: Apply ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.

PSLO 8: Identify and explain the processes, elements, history, theory, and effects of modern mass media in society.

PSLO 9: Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamentals of mass media theories, concepts, and practices as they relate to gender, ethnicity, and class constructs.

Career Information

Career Options Journalist; Newspaper Reporter; Magazine Editor; Editor; Columnist; Desktop Publishing Specialist; Public Information Officer; Web Writer/Editor/Producer; Script Writer; Copy Writer; Broadcast News Writer; Broadcast News Producer. Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Classes beyond the associate degree may be required to fulfill some career options or for preparation for transfer to a university program.

Journalism (JOUR) Courses

JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: Eligibility for ENGWR 300

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID JOUR 110

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the basic skills of news writing and reporting in clear, concise stories.

JOUR 301 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Advisory: ENGWR 300

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Produce news stories using advanced writing formats and techniques.

JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society

Units: 3

Same As: RTVF 300

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

CID: C-ID JOUR 100

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)

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

apply the basic vocabulary and concepts of mass communication verbally and in clear, concise English (SLO #1 GE Vb a).

JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU; UC

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate mass media theories, concepts, and practices as they relate to gender, race, and class constructs.

JOUR 330 Computer Familiarization

Units: 2

Same As: CISC 302

Hours: 36 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: BUSTEC 302

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO1: DESCRIBE BASIC HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE REQUIREMENTS FOR A PERSONAL COMPUTER

JOUR 335 Introduction to Desktop Publishing

Units: 2

Same As: CISA 330

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: JOUR 330; CISC 302 or 310; and CISA 305

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Create professional-looking documents using desktop publishing software.

JOUR 336 Intermediate Desktop Publishing

Units: 2

Same As: CISA 331

Hours: 27 hours LEC; 27 hours LAB

Prerequisite: CISA 330 or JOUR 335 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Demonstrate knowledge of advanced elements of design, composition, and presentation.

JOUR 340 Writing for Publication

Units: 3

Same As: ENGWR 330

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: ENGWR 300, ENGWR 480, HONOR 375, or JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Be self-reliant, evaluative readers and writers, able to use critical thinking skills to read and write effectively in academic and workplace settings.

JOUR 351 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID JOUR 150

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Evaluate the role of the public relations practitioner in PR firms, corporations, and public information offices.

JOUR 355 Media Writing

Units: 1

Hours: 18 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Advisory: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better; or eligibility for ENGWR 300 as demonstrated through the assessment process.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Write clear and concise copy that adheres to journalistic conventions.

JOUR 404 Editing and Production

Units: 3

Hours: 54 hours LEC

Prerequisite: None.

Corequisite: JOUR 405, 420, or 421

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Apply the conventions of journalism to prepare work for publication.

JOUR 410 College Media Production I

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID JOUR 130

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Produce work suitable for publication in print and/or online.

JOUR 411 College Media Production II

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

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.

Transferable: CSU

CID: C-ID JOUR 131

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Produce intermediate work suitable for publication in print and/or online.

JOUR 412 College Media Production III

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: JOUR 300 and 411 with grades of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Produce advanced intermediate work suitable for publication in print and/or online.

JOUR 413 College Media Production IV

Units: 3

Hours: 36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB

Prerequisite: JOUR 412 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1: Produce advanced work suitable for publication in print and/or online.

JOUR 420 College Media Production Lab I

Units: 0.5 - 3

Hours: 27 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: ENGWR 101 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent skills demonstrated through the assessment process.

Corequisite: JOUR 404 and 410

Transferable: CSU

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).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Apply journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.

JOUR 421 College Media Production Lab II

Units: 0.5 - 3

Hours: 27 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: JOUR 420 with a grade of "C" or better

Corequisite: JOUR 411

Transferable: CSU

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).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Apply intermediate journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.

JOUR 422 College Media Production Lab III

Units: 0.5 - 3

Hours: 27 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: JOUR 421 with a grade of "C" or better

Corequisite: JOUR 412

Transferable: CSU

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).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Apply advanced intermediate journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.

JOUR 423 College Media Production Lab IV

Units: 0.5 - 3

Hours: 27 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: JOUR 422 with a grade of "C" or better

Transferable: CSU

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).

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO#1 Apply advanced journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.

JOUR 495 Independent Studies in Journalism

Units: 1 - 3

Hours: 54 - 162 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

SLO #1: Actively engage in intellectual inquiry beyond that required in order to pass a course of study (College Wide Learning Outcome – Area 4).

JOUR 498 Work Experience in Journalism

Units: 1 - 4

Hours: 60 - 300 hours LAB

Prerequisite: None.

Enrollment Limitation:

Students must be in a paid or unpaid internship, volunteer position or job related to career goals in Journalism.

Transferable: CSU

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.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

DEMONSTRATE AN UNDERSTANDING AND APPLICATION OF PROFESSIONAL WORKPLACE BEHAVIOR IN A FIELD OF STUDY RELATED ONE’S CAREER.(SLO 1)

Full-time Faculty

Rick Boeck.
Rick Boeck
Office: CVPA 101
Phone: (916) 691-7309
E-mail: boeckr@crc.losrios.edu
Rubina Gulati.
Rubina Gulati
Office: LRC 110
Phone: (916) 691-7630
E-mail: gulatir@crc.losrios.edu

The Journalism program is designed to train students in the writing, reporting and critical thinking skills required for jobs in the news media or for transfer to a journalism program at a four-year institution.