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Journalism: Digital (AS) Communications Studies Total Units: 29
Term Effective: Fall 2023


The Journalism: Digital major 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 (AS) program are:

  • Complete 29 units from
    • Journalism: Digital Core Requirements
    • Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Journalism: Digital Core Requirements - 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 5Non-Fiction Digital StoryTelling4.00
JOUR 56Editing for News Media3.00
Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement - complete 11.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 11.00 units from the following:
ART 82Beginning Digital Photography3.00
CS 57.11Social Media, the Internet, and Society3.00
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
CS 74.22Digital Video Post-Production3.00
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 18Audio for Film Production3.00
MEDIA 19Multi-Camera Studio Production4.00
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2023

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.

Previous Versions:

Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2022
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2021
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2020
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2018
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2016
Journalism: Digital - effective Fall 2015

Associate Degree Requirements:

The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:

For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter, a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis, is required for each course applied toward the major.

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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