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The Journalism program encompasses theoretical and practical training in print and online news media, including newspapers and online media, as well as in the field of public relations. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the fields of print and online media and public relations.

Course offerings include: news writing, reporting, editing, and online journalism. An advanced course devoted to the publication of The Mesa Press (Journalism 210A), San Diego Mesa College’s campus newspaper, allows students to engage in all phases of newspaper production, including news writing, reporting, editing, photography, advertising, design and layout.

Gainful Employment Information

Program Goals

The goals of the Journalism program include the following:

  • Preparing students for entry-level jobs in journalism and public relations.
  • Preparing students to be media-literate citizens of the local community and beyond.
  • Retraining matriculated students to update skills to meet the changing technological and economic demands in the field.
Award Type Units

*and courses to meet graduation requirements, general education and electives as needed to meet the minimum of 60 units required for the degree.

Program Emphasis

The Journalism program emphasizes development of skills in grammar, news writing, reporting, editing, production, and public relations for students interested in gaining employment in the area of mass media.

Career Options

Career options include the following:

  1. Reporter
  2. News Editor
  3. Copy Editor
  4. Photojournalist
  5. Page Designer
  6. Online Content Producer

Public Relations career options include the following:

  1. Media Relations Specialist
  2. Speech Writer
  3. Community Relations Specialist
  4. Government Relations Specialist
  5. Financial Relations Specialist
  6. Lobbyist
  7. Crisis Communications Specialist

Transfer Information

Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower-division requirements.

Course requirements at the transfer institution are subject to change and may be verified by a counselor or by consulting the current university catalog. Many Baccalaureate in Arts degrees require third semester competency in a foreign language. Consult the current catalog of the transfer institution and consult with a counselor.

Program Learning Outcomes