Courses Offered


JOUR 110 MASS MEDIA AND SOCIETY (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
A general-interest survey course that provides a historical and theoretical perspective through which to assess the impact the mass media – newspapers, magazines, the Internet, radio, television, film, adverting, and public relations – have had on society. Students will learn about the rights and responsibilities of the media, as well as the way in which economic, ethical and legal concerns influence media decisions. The course trains students to become discerning media consumers in this information-saturated age. Transfer credit: UC; CSU (D3).


JOUR 120 WRITING AND REPORTING FOR THE MEDIA (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 100 or equivalent.
Fundamentals of news writing and reporting, including organization of basic news stories, lead writing, development of sources, interviewing, news judgment, copy editing, and legal/ethical issues. Designed for students interested in a career in journalism or mass communications, as well as those seeking better writing skills. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.


JOUR 121 ADVANCED WRITING AND REPORTING FOR THE MEDIA (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours/semester. Prerequisite: Completion of JOUR 120, or equivalent.
Focus on advanced reporting skills and convergence journalism, including conveying news stories through more than text. Students enhance their reporting and news writing by cultivating a beat, using the Web and databases, supplementing text with audio and video, creating podcasts, and blogging. Designed to prepare students for the converging worlds of print, broadcast and online journalism. Transfer credit: UC; CSU.


JOUR 300 NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours and 48 lab hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Recommended: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in JOUR 120.
Production of the college newspaper. Discussion and criticism by staff of the publication. Students will get practical experience in writing as preparation for future print and electronic media work. Transfer credit: CSU.

JOUR 301 ONLINE NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)

Three lecture hours and three lab hours by arrangement per week. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 836, or ENGL 846, or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Recommended: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in JOUR 120.

Production of the online version of the college newspaper. Discussion and criticism by staff of the publication. Students will get practical experience in writing for an online publication, including using digital photography, video and audio clips for story enhancement. The course prepares students for future print and electronic media work. May be repeated for credit a maximum of three times. Transfer credit: CSU.

JOUR 302 NEWSPAPER WORKSHOP (1-3)

(Pass/No Pass.)

A minimum of 48 lab hours per unit. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 836 or ESOL 400, or equivalent. Recommended: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in JOUR 120 or JOUR 121.

Participants perform a variety of activities for The Skyline View newspaper, including writing, taking photos or video, blogging, creating podcasts, selling ads, laying out the paper, marketing the paper and journalism program, or participating in any other activity pertinent to the production of the print and online versions of the paper. May be repeated for credit a maximum of three times. Transfer credit: CSU.


JOUR 320 BEGINNING NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours plus 48 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.
Focus on the production of the student news publications, including the print newspaper, The Skyline View, its online version, TheSkylineView.com, and all other media platforms through which content is expressed. Students concentrate their work in one of the following: report, write and edit articles for the print and online versions of The Skyline View; take and edit photographs; research for and create informational graphics; develop multimedia stories; design and layout pages of the print newspaper, including in-house advertising; post to and maintain social media sites. Ethical and legal issues are also covered. Transfer: CSU.

JOUR 330 INTERMEDIATE NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours plus 48 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite:  JOUR 320 or equivalent.
Focus on the production of the student news publications, including the print newspaper, The Skyline View, its online version, TheSkylineView.com, and all other media platforms through which content is expressed. Students take a leadership or management role on the paper, while they also concentrate their work in one of the following: report, write and edit articles for the print and online versions of The Skyline View; take and edit photographs; research for and create informational graphics; develop multimedia stories; design and layout pages of the print newspaper, including in-house advertising; post to and maintain social media sites. Ethical and legal issues are also covered. Transfer: CSU.

JOUR 340 INTERMEDIATE ADVANCED NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)
Minimum of 48 lecture hours plus 48 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: JOUR 330 or equivalent.
Focus on the production of the student news publications, including the print newspaper, The Skyline View, its online version, TheSkylineView.com, and all other media platforms through which content is expressed. Students take a training and leadership or management role on the paper, while they also concentrate their work in one of the following: report, write and edit articles for the print and online versions of The Skyline View; take and edit photographs; research for and create informational graphics; develop multimedia stories; design and layout pages of the print newspaper, including in-house advertising; post to and maintain social media sites. Ethical and legal issues are also covered. Transfer credit: CSU.

JOUR 350 ADVANCED NEWSPAPER STAFF (3)

Minimum of 48 lecture hours plus 48 hours by arrangement/semester. Prerequisite: JOUR 340 or equivalent.

Focus on the production of the student news publications, including the print newspaper, The Skyline View, its online version, TheSkylineView.com, and all other media platforms through which content is expressed. Students take a training and leadership or management role on the paper. They also do advanced reporting for the paper in one of the following areas: investigative and in-depth stories, public affairs reporting; or data-driven reporting. Students also coordinate one special add-on section for the newspaper. Transfer credit: CSU.

JOUR 695 INDEPENDENT STUDY (.5-3)

(Pass/No Pass or letter grade.)

Minimum of 24 lab hours by arrangement for each .5 unit. Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 846 or ESOL 400, or equivalent.

Designed for students who are interested in furthering their knowledge via self-paced, individualized instruction provided in selected areas or directed study to be arranged with instructor and approved by the division dean using the Independent Study Form. Varying modes of instruction can be used -- laboratory, research, skill development, etc. For each unit earned, students are required to devote three hours per week throughout the semester. Students may take only one Independent Study course within a given discipline. Transfer credit: CSU.

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