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Santa Monica College|Academic Programs|Communication|Journalism


Corsair students earning journalism awards

Journalism offers instructional and career technical training in reporting and nonfiction story production across multiple platforms, including print, photography, video, audio, social media and digital media. Students are trained to develop story ideas, report them, and produce them in suitable formats. Students also learn about news writing, interviewing, reporting, editing, freelancing, photojournalism, multimedia story production, journalism history, media law and journalism ethics. This program prepares students for transfer to upper division courses, as well as offers practical career technical training in the field of journalism. The skills developed in journalism classes help students think critically and develop storytelling techniques in any career they might pursue.​

All students should start with Journalism 1: The News, a UC and CSU transfer class that covers the basics of news gathering and writing. Then they can move to more advanced courses:

Print editions of the Corsair newspaper

  • Journalism 1: The News. This introductory course acquaints the student with journalism techniques with a focus on the newspaper medium, including broadcast and online formats. The course encourages a thoughtful awareness and critical analysis of news reporting.

  • Journalism 4A: Newscasting and newswriting. This course covers the basics of news writing for broadcast journalism. 

  • Journalism 8: Writing to Sell. This class is great as either a more advanced feature writing course or as a practical guide for those who want to get started as freelance writers.

  • Journalism 15: Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling. This introductory course guides students through the process of producing multimedia content including blogs, audio stories, audio slideshows, and videos. A practical course for student journalists or anyone interested in learning how to communicate more effectively in these multimedia storytelling formats.

  • Journalism 16: Producing Campus Media. Students who enroll in this course become staff members of the Corsair. Students can write, edit, produce multimedia stories, design, manage social media accounts and perform other jobs related to the production of the digital and print editions of the Corsair​.

  • Journalism 21: News Photography. This survey course in basic news photography is designed for journalism or photography majors and students interested in having work published in magazines and newspapers. Students learn basic camera and storytelling techniques, photocomposition, and picture layout principles. A 35-mm single-lens​ reflex camera with manual focus capability is required. Journalism 21 is the same course as Photography 13. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

  • Journalism 22: Photography for Publication. This advanced course provides an in-depth study of photojournalism with an emphasis on creation of photo story ideas, photo essays and feature photos for publication. Photo editing and layout for newspapers, magazines, and online publishing will be covered. Students will comprise the staff of the campus newspaper, The Corsair, and online publications. This course may be repeated once for credit. A 35-mm single-lens reflex camera with manual focus capability is required. Journalism 22 is the same course as Photography 14. Students may earn credit for one, but not both.

  • Journalism 43: Public Relations and Publicity. This introductory course covers the basic principles and objectives of modern public relations strategies.

  • Journalism 90A and 90B: Journalism Internship. Successful journalism students will have experienced 2-3 media internships by the time they graduate with a four-year degree. Start now while at Santa Monica College. Students arrange internships and can earn either 1 or 2 credits a semester.