Journalism

College of the Desert’s Journalism program offers an Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer, also called the Journalism AA-T Degree.  Students earning this degree are well prepared for career fields in radio and television broadcasting, newspaper and magazine writing and production, motion picture, television and video production. The program is designed to train students how to write, report and think critically. The study of Journalism covers the collection, writing, editing and presentation of news or news articles in the media. It is designed to train graduates to be ethical, objective, and critical writers, with the skills and knowledge needed to pursue careers working for newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations and publishing outlets in the online community, and any setting that involves the relaying and reporting of information.

The Journalism AA-T is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

This degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-19 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements.  Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements. For more information please call (760) 773-2574.

Advisor:  Laurilie Jackson
ljackson@collegeofthedesert.edu
(760) 674-7795

Journalism (J)

J 003A  News Reporting & Writing Units: 3

This course provides a solid foundation in practical journalism skills. Through in-class discussion, writing assignments, field trips to local newsrooms and completing several published news stories, students learn news judgment, fairness, the language and style of journalism, how to construct news leads, how to organize and structure news stories, the process of information gathering, interviewing and a basic overview of the laws and ethics of journalism. These basics are relevant for multimedia reporting including print, broadcast, internet and social media journalists. (C-ID JOUR 110)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: ENG-001A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

J 004A  Basic Newspaper Production Units: 3

Student media practicum that includes a lab that regularly produces a news or feature non-fiction product with a journalism emphasis by and for students and distributed to a campus or community audience. Must include weekly news assignments.May include a variety of student media across multiple platforms,including print, broadcast, and online. (C-ID JOUR 130)
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J-003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

J 004B  Intro To Newspaper Editing & Design Units: 3

Intermediate student media practicum that includes a lab that regularly produces a news or feature non-fiction product with a journalism emphasis by and for students and distributed to a campus or community audience. May include a variety of student media across multiple platforms including print,broadcast, and online. (C-ID JOUR 131)
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J-004A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

J 004C  Intro To Newspaper Management Units: 3

Students in this course will learn to assume the positions of editor in chief, production supervisor, retail advertising manager, national advertising manager, or circulation manager; learn to pass on the skills and knowledge required to publish a printed and online newspaper that meets professional standards of quality in content, design, and production; learn to accept the responsibilities of newspaper publishing; learn to establish and maintain publishing deadlines; and learn to publish and maintain a professional newspaper both online and in print.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 108          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J-004B
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

J 010  Magazine Writing & Production Units: 3

This lecture and laboratory course is designed to give students an understanding of feature writing and initial practical experience in creating and publishing a college magazine. Students will learn the characteristics of different types of features, develop skills in fact-gathering, information evaluation, in-depth interviews, research and the fundamentals of good writing, as well as creativity. The course also focuses on the strategiies and techniques of magazine production.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: J-003A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

J 095A  Journalism Work Experience Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Journalism.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE:None                 CSU GE:None                 IGETC:None

Mass Communication (MC)

MC 001  Introduction To Mass Media Units: 3

This course offers students an overview of the public relations field and the important role it plays in society. Students will learn practical ways of handling and planning public relations campaigns using various media. This course is offered on an irregular basis. (C-ID JOUR 100)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-071
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C2                 CSU GE: D7                 IGETC: 4G

MC 005  Introduction To Public Relations Units: 3

This course offers students an overview of the public relations field with a practical approach to the handling and planning, of public relations campaigns. This course is offered in the Spring semester. (C-ID JOUR 150)
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: ENG-001A
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

MC 095A  Mass Communication Work Experience Units: 1

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also provides students with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Mass Communications.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 75          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

Radio-Television (RTV)

RTV 002  Radio & Television Announcing Units: 2

This course provides students with an introduction to radio and television broadcast announcing principles and techniques for commercial delivery, newscasts, music shows, interviews, sports, weather, and specialty segments. Students will learn the physical make-up of their voice and how to communicate effectively with warmth and authority. Students are required to broadcast live and pre-recorded segments on the campus radio station, KCOD.
Lecture Hours: 18         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 005  Radio & Television Writing Units: 3

This course provides an introduction to the analysis and preparation of radio and television news announcements, commercials, public service announcements, promotional and dramatic announcements, documentaries, and full-length entertainment scripts. The students develop an understanding of the techniques and elements utilized in script writing.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 006  Introduction To Film Units: 3

By the age of 18 the average person has watched over 900 movies, but do we really know how to watch them? This course explores the impact film has on us, and the techniques filmmakers use to make us respond. Drawing from the American Film Institute's "Top 100 Movies of All Time" plus others, the class goes beyond movies as entertainment, into the fascinating world of how movies use color, music, story structure, visual effects and cinematography to make us forget we're even watching a movie.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

RTV 007  Introduction To Radio Production Units: 3

Students will gain a basic understanding of audio equipment used for radio production and live broadcasting. Course provides an introduction of the principles and techniques of music programming, commercials, news, interviews, magazine and talk programs. Students will broadcast live and pre-recorded programs on campus radio station KCOD.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 008  Contemporary World Film Units: 3

This course surveys modern international cinema. Through the examination of narrative, documentary and experimental films from around the world, the medium's technical, aesthetic and theoretical development will be investigated. Particular attention will be given to the historical, cultural and economic influences that contribute to this international art form.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: RTV-006
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU/UC                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: C3                 CSU GE: C1                 IGETC: 3A

RTV 009  Intro To Media Writing For Film, TV & The Web Units: 3

This course is a basic introduction to writing for the film and electronic media. Students will learn how to prepare scripts in proper formats for the various media, as well as explore conceptual and stylistic issues related to writing fiction and non-fiction scripts for informational and entertainment purposes . The course gives the students hands-on experience and significant critical feedback in developing, writing and re-writing original scripts for the film and electronic media.
Lecture Hours: 54         Lab Hours: None          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 010A  Basic Motion Picture TV Production Units: 3

This course introduces the student to the basic techniques, procedures, equipment and computer technologies required to produce simple video motion pictures. Actual production experience is gained through student projects. This course is part of the A.S. for Transfer Degree in Film, Television and Electronic Media.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: Advisory; ENG-070
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 011A  Motion Picture TV Production Units: 3

This course is for students who possess basic motion picture production skills. The course focuses on production of short videos using nonlinear computer editing.
Lecture Hours: 36         Lab Hours: 54          Repeatable: No
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: RTV-010A
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None

RTV 095A  Radio & TV Work Experience Units: 1-8

This work experience course of supervised employment is designed to assist students to acquire desirable work habits, attitudes and skills so as to enable them to become productive employees. This course also providesstudents with career awareness for jobs. Credit may be accrued at the rate of one to eight units per semester for a maximum of sixteen units (combined total of all Work Experience units). Additionally, students must work 75 paid hours or 60 non-paid hours per unit earned. This type of work experience is available to students whose job and educational or occupational goals are directly related to Radio and Television.
Lecture Hours: None         Lab Hours: 600          Repeatable: Yes
Grading: Letter
Prerequisite: None
Advisory: None
Limitation on enrollment: None
Transfer Status: CSU                 Degree Applicable: AA/AS
COD GE: None                 CSU GE: None                 IGETC: None