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Journalism: Digital Certificate Communications Studies Total Units: 25
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Term Effective: Fall 2021


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 25 units from
    • Journalism: Digital Core Certificate
    • Journalism: Digital Elective Certificate

Journalism: Digital Core Certificate - complete 17.00 units
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 1LIntroduction to Journalism Lab0.50
JOUR 2News Gathering and News Writing3.00
JOUR 2LNews Gathering and News Writing Lab0.50
JOUR 52ANews Media Practice 13.00
JOUR 55Multimedia Reporting4.00
JOUR 56Editing for News Media3.00
Journalism: Digital Elective Certificate - complete 8.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
CS 57.11Introduction to Social Media3.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
CS 74.21ADigital Video Post-Production Techniques 11.50
CS 74.21BDigital Video Post-Production Techniques 21.50
CS 76.11Drone Piloting and Imaging3.00
ENGL 4ABeginning Creative Writing3.00
JOUR 52BNews Media Practice 25.00
JOUR 52CNews Media Practice 35.00
JOUR 59Photojournalism3.00
MEDIA 19Multi-Camera Studio Production4.00
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
MEDIA 51Audio for Film Production3.00

Term Effective: Fall 2021

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 2022

Previous Versions:

Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2020
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2018
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.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Suggested Emphases

  1. Digital - Video/documentary
    • Take Intro to Digital Media, Digital Filmmaking 1, and Oak Leaf 2, Dig. Vid post production A&B
  2. Digital - Broadcast
    • Take Intro to Digital Media, Media 19 and Oak Leaf 2 and Dig. Vid post production A&B
  3. Digital - Photojournalism
    • Take Photojounrnalism, Drone piloting/imaging and Oak Leaf 2
  4. Digital - Podcasting
    • Take Digital Audio 1 and 2, Oak Leaf 2
  5. General/Writing - Longform
    • Take Creative Writing; Oak leaf 2, Photojournalism
  6. General/Writing - News
    • Take Photojournlaism, Oak Leaf 2, Social Media and/or intro to digital media

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