Palomar College Learning For Success

Palomar College Journalism Department

Educating Tomorrow's Journalists




Question: Do you have a student newspaper or magazine?

Answer:  Yes! The Telescope newspaper has been reporting and writing on campus happenings since 1947. We are a student-run newspaper that doesn’t receive any money from the school so we can be an independent observer of the news. We publish the newspaper by selling advertising. Our website, which features breaking news and our multimedia projects, is For advertising rates, click here. Or stop by to visit us in our newsroom, Humanities 103.

We also have a campus magazine that focuses on student culture and is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2019. To write for the newspaper, you need to take Journalism 105 or 205 in the Spring semester. You can see samples of the students’ work by clicking this link.


Question: If I want to write for the campus newspaper or magazine, what do I have to do?

Answer: To write for The Telescope Newspaper you have to take a class. To write for Impact, the campus magazine, you need to take the course in the spring.

We recommend you start by taking Journalism 101: Introduction to News Writing. That is a three-unit course, available online and on the San Marcos campus, that trains you on how to write for a newspaper. But this class doesn’t allow you to actually write for the paper. You can take a second class that allows you to write for the newspaper after you take Journalism 101 or at the same time.

To write for the newspaper or magazine you have three choices.

1. Journalism 110L- This is a 1-unit lab where you attend one orientation at the beginning of the semester and then write seven stories (or photos or graphics) for The Telescope on your own time. You can work in our newsroom but you are not required to. You really set your own schedule and pick the kind of stories you want to write about. We correspond with you mostly via phone and email although we love it when people in this class come in and hang out with us. Estimated time it would take a week (3 hours)

2. Journalism 112L Lab for Online Journalism  – This course allows you to write, take photos or design for the newspaper or magazine’s WEBSITES. The class is has one orientation but NO CLASS MEETINGS. Three hours of work is completed on students’ own schedule.

3. Journalism 105. This is The Telescope class and it meets Monday and Wednesday from 11 – 1:50. This course requires 12 stories and you will attend class but this allows you to become more involved and be considered for an editor role.  Estimated hours per week (6 hours, including class time)


Question: How can I take photographs for the newspaper?

Answer: Take Journalism 140, also called Photo 140, where you learn the fundamentals of photojournalism and take photos for the magazine and newspaper, covering everything from features to sports and news.


Question: I love to write. What careers can I use this skill in?

Answer: Learning to be a good writer can help you in any field. In Journalism, it leads to careers in online journalism, newspaper writing, public relations, broadcast newswriting and advertising. We have also had alumni use our degree to head toward careers in book publishing and law.

 Question: How long does it take to earn the AA degree in Journalism?

Answer: If a student takes a full load and the right classes, it should take two years. We are developing a suggested class plan to help students. Email for more information.

Question: What careers can you go into with a degree in Journalism?

Answer: Our graduates are trained to work in the following fields:

  • Newspapers
  • Internet news sites
  • Magazines
  • Television News
  • Public Relations
  • Advertising
  • Newsletters
  • And more …