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SMC|Academic Programs|Communication|Journalism


SMC's journalism classes are great for students who either want a little experience with reporting or those who want to pursue journalism as a major and ultimate career. These  classes are also useful for midcareer and older adults pursuing journalism as either a hobby or new career path.
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 including:
  • 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 16: Producing the Campus Newspaper. Students who enroll in this class become staff writers for the school newspaper, The Corsair. This 4-unit class can be taken up to three times, so students can return to become editors of the paper. Do you have great ideas for stories and want an outlet to tell them? This class is for you.
  • Journalism 19: Producing the Online Newspaper. Today's journalists need to tell stories using a variety of multimedia content. Students in this class produce digital videos, audio slideshows, blogs, podcasts and other digital content for the Corsair's online news site.
  • 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.