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Journalism: Digital Certificate Communications Studies Total Units: 23
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Term Effective: Fall 2018


The Journalism: Digital Certificate of Achievement provides students with an introduction to and skills in digital journalism and provides hands-on preparation for entry-level work in web journalism and/or an overlay of digital skills for recent journalism graduates and seasoned print journalists.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop, create, report, research and produce technically well-executed news and feature stories for the web and/or broadcast news using combinations of text, images, audio, video and social media.
  2. Use new website, audio and video software systems to produce multimedia stories.
  3. Write news and feature stories on print and web deadlines using foundational journalism skills such as developing story ideas, conducting research, interviewing sources, and applying proper grammar and Associated Press Style.
  4. Exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of online journalism ethical, legal and content issues to real-life situations.
  5. Analyze and evaluate multimedia stories for content, aesthetics and technical quality.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism: Digital Certificate program are:

  • Complete 23 units from
    • Journalism: Digital Core Requirements
    • Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement

Journalism: Digital Core Requirements - complete 14.00 units
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 52ANews Media Practice 15.00
JOUR 55Multimedia Reporting3.00
Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement - complete 9.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 9.00 units from the following:
ART 82Beginning Digital Photography3.00
CS 50AWeb Development 13.00
CS 50.32Web and Digital Media Projects4.00
CS 57.11Introduction to Social Media3.00
CS 70.11AAdobe Photoshop 13.00
CS 71.11Adobe Illustrator 13.00
CS 72.11AAdobe InDesign 13.00
CS 74.21ADigital Video Post-Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21BDigital Video Post-Production Techniques 21.50
JOUR 52BNews Media Practice 25.00
JOUR 106Editing for News Media1.50
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
MEDIA 21Intermediate Digital Filmmaking4.00
MUSC 51ADigital Audio 1: Fundamentals3.00
MUSC 51BDigital Audio 2: Multimedia3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2018

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Term Inactive: Fall 2020

Previous Versions:

Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2015

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

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