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Journalism: Digital (AS) Communications Studies Total Units: 24
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Term Effective: Fall 2015


The Digital Journalism Certificate 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 completion of the certificate/major, students will be able to:

  • 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.
  • Use new website, audio and video software systems to produce multimedia stories.
  • 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.
  • Exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of online journalism ethical, legal and content issues to real-life situations.
  • Analyze and evaluate multimedia stories for content, aesthetics and technical quality.
Recommended Sequence of Courses

Students interested in a suggested order for taking classes in this program should contact the department.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Journalism: Digital (AS) program are:

  • Complete 24 units from
    • Journalism: Digital Core Requirements
    • Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement
    • Information Learning Resources Requirement

Journalism: Digital Core Requirements - complete 14.00 units
CS 74.11Introduction to Digital Media3.00
JOUR 1Introduction to Journalism3.00
JOUR 52ANewspaper 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 52BNewspaper Practice 25.00
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
MEDIA 21Intermediate Digital Filmmaking4.00
MUSC 51ADigital Audio 1: Fundamentals3.00
MUSC 51BDigital Audio 2: Multimedia3.00
Information Learning Resources Requirement - complete 1.00 units
Complete any combination totaling at least 1.00 units from the following:
LIR 10Introduction to Information Literacy1.00
LIR 30Introduction to Information Literacy for Research Projects1.00

Term Effective: Fall 2015

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 2016

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.

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