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Journalism Course Offerings

You have three great ways to get involved with the journalism program on campus.

Option 1: Start at the beginning

Writers wanted!

If you love to write and want to consider a career that PAYS you to write and be where the action is, consider Multimedia Journalism (Jour 101).

This introductory course to our Journalism Program is transferable to most universities and lays the foundation for various types of writing, from advertising to public relations to blogs, social media and tradition newspapers and magazines.

Option 2: Write for a campus publication

Journalism 105 Multimedia News Writing/Production

This course meets Mondays/Wednesdays from 9:30 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. and features a lecture/lab format that allows you to hear a short lecture and then gives you time to try out the new skill. This class assigns, stories, photos and design projects that wind up in the newspaper, magazine and on the publications’ websites.

For more information, visit www.the-telescope.com to see more about the newspaper, or visit the journalism department website https://www.palomar.edu/journalism/

Option 3: Master Social Media

Want to get paid to play on Social Media? Palomar College has a new course that shows you how….

JOURNALISM 200: MASTERING SOCIAL MEDIA

  • This class is new to Palomar, transferrable to CSUs and part of a new Social Media Certificate.
  • It will be offered Tuesday/Thursday from 11 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. on the San Marcos Campus.
  • This course will explore Social Media from a content perspective.
  • Students will learn the fundamentals of social media, the theories behind writing for social media, as well as the ethics and standards of information generated from social media.
  • It will also explore how to use social media to get content to the masses.

For more information, visit www.the-telescope.com to see more about the newspaper, or visit the journalism department website https://www.palomar.edu/journalism/

Option 4: Go digital

JOUR 130: Writing for Online Journalism 

3 hours lecture (3)
Transferability: CSU
Introduction to multimedia storytelling with a journalism emphasis. Techniques explored include use of video, photos, audio, animation, and text to convey interactive news and feature stories through the Internet and other electronic media. Also includes techniques in digital research, critical thinking, and synthesis.

Option 5: Branch out or sharpen your journalism skills

JOUR 140: Photojournalism (3 units)

11⁄2 hours lecture & 41⁄2 hours laboratory

Note: Cross listed as PHOT 140

Transfer acceptability: CSU

A study of the history and practice of photojournalism, providing specific application through photographing for The Telescope, Palomar College’s newspaper. Student must provide own camera.

JOUR 205: Advanced Newspaper Production (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 105

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Advanced work in the production of The Telescope. Emphasis is on writing, photography, page layout and graphic design.

JOUR 210: Advanced Newswriting and Reporting (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 205

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Practical newswriting experience through work on The Telescope staff. All journalistic skills are refined and augmented in this course. Accurate reporting and development of compelling, clear, and concise writing technique are stressed.

JOUR 215: Newspaper Editing (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 210

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Basic skills involved in editing a newspaper, including news judgment, directing reporting staff, copy editing, headline writing, page layout, selection and placement of photos, and computerized page design. All skills are practiced in actual editorial situations for the Palomar College newspaper, The Telescope.