About the Journalism Program

Follow a Hot Lead on a Career in Journalism

Step into the fast-paced world of journalism, news and multimedia production. Our journalism program offers technical training in reporting and nonfiction storytelling across multiple platforms: print, photography, video, audio, social media, and digital media production. Learn how to develop storytelling techniques and think critically in real-world settings including running our award-winning campus newspaper, The Corsair.

You will start with courses in journalism history, media law and ethics, which lay the foundation for more advanced studies in news writing and reporting. Faculty, including industry professionals, train you on how to develop story ideas, source leads, report and produce stories in the appropriate format. We provide many opportunities for you to practice news writing, interviewing, reporting, editing, and even photojournalism. Our program prepares you for roles including reporter, correspondent, editor, copywriter and broadcast technician.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate in Arts Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer Icon Associate in Arts - Transfer More information on the Associate in Arts - Transfer

Prepare yourself to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU).

If you are considering a transfer to a UC, private, or out-of-state university, please consult a counselor before applying to transfer, as that institution’s transfer requirements might be different from those required for the AS-T.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Associate in Arts Degree - Journalism - Multimedia StorytellingAssociate in Arts Degree Icon

19 units + General Education Requirements

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to produce essential nonfiction storytelling techniques in print and multimedia formats, demonstrate the ability to work as a team member to collaborate on media production across several formats and demonstrate an understanding of the ethical and legal issues affecting journalists.

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Associate in Arts for Transfer - JournalismAssociate in Arts for Transfer Icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

This AA-T degree is geared toward students who want to transfer into an upper-division baccalaureate program at a California State University (CSU). This program teaches students the methods and techniques for gathering, processing and delivering news, and prepares students to be professional print and multimedia journalists. Included is instruction in news writing and editing, reporting and multimedia story production, professional standards and ethics, and journalism history and research. Careers in this field include book editor, copywriter, film critic, foreign correspondent, freelance writing, online editor, multimedia story producer, journalist, magazine editor, news anchor, newspaper editor, publicist, sportswriter, and technical writer.

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SMC Resources

Potential Career Options

Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Program Directors Bachelor's Degree $73,774
Technical Writers Bachelor's Degree $75,448
Broadcast News Analysts Bachelor's Degree $67,796
Copy Writers Bachelor's Degree $51,484
Poets, Lyricists and Creative Writers Bachelor's Degree $51,484
Radio and Television Announcers Bachelor's Degree $46,331
Reporters and Correspondents Bachelor's Degree $42,887
Editors Associate Degree $58,202
Broadcast Technicians A Certificate $49,823

Professional Resources

Public Relations Society of America LA Chapter

Offers networking events for public relations professionals and students.

National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ)

Promotes recognition and advancement of Hispanics in the news industry. It offers internships, networking, scholarships and other opportunities for journalism students.

Asian American Journalists Association LA Chapter

Supports Asian American and Pacific Islander journalists and provides encouragement, information, advice and scholarship assistance to Asian American and Pacific Islander students who aspire to professional journalism careers.

National Association of Black Journalists

Provides networking, scholarships, internships, training, and other resources.

Association of Women in Sports Media

Promotes the advancement and growth of women – both student and professional – in sports media.

Press Photographers Association of Greater Los Angeles

Provides networking, critiques, and awards to professional and student photographers and photojournalists.

National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association-Los Angeles (NLGJA-LA)

Committed to fostering fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. The LA chapter focuses on professional and student development. It offers mixers, panel discussions, and other events.

Society of Professional Journalists – Los Angeles

Hosts networking mixers, advocates for government openness, provides scholarships for journalism students.

Los Angeles Press Club

Dedicated to the nourishment and recognition of talent, as well as working to preserve the right to a free press.

Online News Association – Los Angeles

Committed to providing a community for online journalists, and to promoting fairness in online journalism. Offers networking events, training, and internships.