Journalism Department

This is an exciting time to pursue a media career. Our program has ample opportunities for students interested in both online and print journalism. We have three award-winning, student-produced campus publications:, our online newspaper; the Express, our print newspaper; and Mainline, our magazine.

In our Journalism Computer Lab and classes, students learn and apply the classic journalism skills of reporting, news writing and photography. They also have the opportunity to learn how to produce videos and podcasts, how to lay out and design publications, and how to manage and publish (upload stories and photos) media websites using WordPress. All our professors have worked in media or are currently working in the field and teaching in our program. We bring up-to-date, hands-on knowledge of journalism to our students.

The Journalism Department is housed in a state-of-the-art building, along with the Photography Department, on the second floor of the new Student Services building at the northwest corner of the campus. Together, our students share modern photo studios,computer labs, equipment and a gallery to display student work.

Programs of Study

The SCC Journalism Department offers two Associate in Arts degrees and two certificates. All programs of study teach basic education and skills in media news gathering and production. However, students may choose an emphasis among the four programs: on completing an associate's degree, on transferring to a university journalism program, on gaining multimedia/digital skills, or on learning visual media skills.

  • Journalism Degree

    The Journalism A.A. degree is for students who have a goal of becoming media professionals, for which a degree is now expected. Some students pursuing this degree are non-CSU… MORE >>

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    Journalism for Transfer

    The Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer (AA-T) can provide students with the foundational knowledge necessary for transfer to a California State University (CSU). The Associate in Arts… MORE >>

  • Multimedia News Specialist

    A certificate as a Multimedia News Specialist offers students the opportunity to take courses in media theories, news writing and reporting, Associated Press style, and writing for publication, which… MORE >>

  • Visual Journalism

    The Visual Journalism certificate provides students the opportunity to fully prepare themselves for entry-level positions as multimedia photographers in the journalism field. Students will complete courses in both the… MORE >>