Journalism

Journalism (JOUR)

JOUR 300 Newswriting and Reporting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • General Education:AA/AS Area II(b)
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 110
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers evaluating, gathering, and writing news in accepted journalistic style for different types of media under newsroom conditions. Topics include personal interviews, along with coverage of speeches, meetings, and other events. In addition, the role of the reporter and the legal and ethical issues related to reporting are examined.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply the processes of news gathering.
  • describe the traditional roles of journalists in society.
  • analyze information related to observed events to determine its significance to particular audiences.
  • demonstrate interpersonal communication skills by conducting informative interviews.
  • compose text using grammar and style in accordance with Associated Press style (when using an AP Stylebook).
  • compose a variety of news stories, including coverage of events and meetings, feature stories, and personality profiles.
  • compose and revise a simple news story with a compelling lede, adequate sourcing and context, clear transitions, and a minimal number of technical writing errors.
  • organize and write news stories in a timely manner for both print and website publications.
  • discuss and apply broad libel, privacy, and ethical guidelines to common reporting situations.

JOUR 301 Advanced Newswriting and Reporting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 210
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course covers the development of advanced skills of reporting, interviewing, and writing in the range of work handled by a general assignment reporter. It emphasizes in-depth research, critical analysis, and story format. It also introduces feature and editorial writing.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • identify the major components of local and state government and describe their interrelationships.
  • use public records as a newsgathering source.
  • explain state and federal laws pertaining to information access.
  • describe the essential processes of the judicial system.
  • prepare and conduct interviews that produce substantive discussion.
  • write news stories that explain complex process and/or relationships.
  • write feature stories that explore personalities and explain conditions.
  • utilize the Internet as a newsgathering source.
  • collect and confirm information essential to substantive reporting.
  • research and produce in-depth news and feature stories and news and feature packages that include sidebars, fact boxes, and statistical charts.

JOUR 310 Mass Media and Society

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 100
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

The course is a survey of the mass media. It covers the history, philosophy, structure, and trends of mass media, as well as the theories that help to explain its effects on social institutions. It includes an exploration of economics, technology, law, ethics, and social issues, including cultural and ethnic diversity.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • analyze the essential and structural processes of mass communication
  • analyze theories that have been developed to understand the effects of mass communication on the behavior of individuals, groups, and on social change
  • explain major terms and trends in media studies
  • describe legal and ethical issues that affect the relationship of the media and society
  • utilize his/her understanding of the history, economics, and structure of the media to analyze and appraise media products and current controversies
  • explain how the media affect our culture, attitudes, and beliefs
  • perform a simple content analysis of a media product
  • describe the role, influence, and impact of new and emerging media formats and the practical, legal, and ethical issues associated with them

JOUR 320 Race and Gender in the Media

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU; UC
  • General Education:AA/AS Area V(b); AA/AS Area VI; CSU Area D3; CSU Area D4; CSU Area D7; IGETC Area 4C
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course examines the roles of gender, ethnicity, and social class as represented and documented in the mass media. These issues are analyzed within the context of media content, development, policy, and ownership, including stereotypes and the role of alternative and community media. Critical thinking is emphasized through the review of mass media, focusing on the contributions of diverse groups to mass media and mass communication as an agent and documenter of social change.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • differentiate among the various approaches of media.
  • describe the structure of print, broadcast, and digital media.
  • identify media's role as documenter of history and perpetrator of mainstream culture.
  • analyze key research and theory on attitudinal, behavioral, and social effects of mass media with emphases on literature that examines social groups and ethnic minorities.
  • critically analyze the presentation of social groups and classes in various media.
  • evaluate the bias and balance in each form of mass media.
  • identify the role minority-owned and alternative media play in building communities and reaching audiences.
  • discuss how minority groups can further social change using the education, enculturation, and social mobilization functions of the mass media.
  • define how ethnocentrism, prejudice, and racism have shaped the American experience, media content, policy, ownership, and distribution.

JOUR 340 Writing for Publication

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligibility for ENGWR 300 or ESLW 340
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces writing non-fiction for publication. Emphasis is on analyzing magazines; finding ideas; writing a query letter; developing a saleable magazine idea and article; researching and interviewing; as well as organizing, writing and marketing an article. Field trips may be required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • propose, write, and edit saleable magazine articles.
  • formulate and plan magazine article ideas and identify the most appropriate places to sell them.
  • critically analyze and identify niche publications, readership, and demographics and propose freelance opportunities.
  • plan story ideas and focus and target them to particular publications.
  • collect research and successfully execute interviews.
  • tailor a story for different markets and publications.
  • apply First Amendment law and libel restrictions in professional practice.

JOUR 350 Writing for Broadcasting/Podcasting

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course introduces the theory and technique of writing for the broadcast media. It includes reporting for radio and television news, writing and storyboarding commercials and public service programming, and an introduction to production techniques. It is recommended for students as preparation for work in broadcasting, instructional media, and related fields.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • write, edit, and produce news and feature stories for television, radio, and web-based news sources.
  • describe the basic structure of radio and television journalism.
  • analyze audiences of electronic media.
  • develop sources and conduct interviews for produced stories.

JOUR 351 Public Relations Writing and Media Techniques

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:Eligible for ENGRD 310 or ENGRD 312 AND ENGWR 300; OR ESLR 340 AND ESLW 340.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 150
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is a study of public relations (PR), including planning PR campaigns, preparing client messages for newspapers, magazines, radio, broadcast and online outlets, and working with reporters to position stories. It examines public relations techniques in business, education, entertainment, social service, and other fields. It also covers crisis PR.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • evaluate and assess the role of the PR practitioner in PR firms, corporations, and public information offices.
  • research, plan, design, and generate a public relations campaign.
  • analyze the use of mass media for PR.
  • generate researched and targeted media messages for clients.
  • produce researched and targeted press releases, brochures, newsletters, and press kits.
  • analyze and apply the legal and ethical limits of PR.

JOUR 360 Photojournalism

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:ARTPH 300 or ARTPH 305 with a grade of "C" or better, or equivalent photo experience as determined by the instructor
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 160
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is an introduction to the theory and technique of telling stories with pictures. The role of the photojournalist in the media, pertinent ethical and legal issues, and professional standards are emphasized. Topics include digital still camera operation, composition and lighting, digital image processing, news judgment, and accuracy. Also covered are environmental portraits, photo stories, and feature, sports, and breaking news photography.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • use digital still photography equipment
  • explain terms and procedures typically used in photojournalism
  • analyze ethical and legal issues pertinent to photojournalism
  • explain the role of the photojournalist in the media
  • capture, process, and caption digital still images
  • select images appropriate for use with specific stories
  • assemble a portfolio of digital still images that can be used to obtain career advancement in the professional world

JOUR 361 Multimedia Journalism

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 360 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 120
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course is an introduction to the theory and technique of combining still images, audio, and video to create multimedia photojournalism content for distribution via the Internet. It provides practical experience in capturing and editing still images, audio, and video with software such as Adobe Photoshop, Audacity, Soundslides Pro, and Apple’s iMovie and Final Cut Pro. A digital, still or video camera is required.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • use digital still photography, audio, and video equipment to create a multimedia project
  • edit a multimedia project using digital still photography, audio, and video software
  • explain terms and procedures typically used in multimedia production
  • explain multimedia editing principles
  • select images, audio, and video content appropriate for use with specific stories
  • assemble a 3-minute multimedia project that can be used to obtain career advancement in the professional world

JOUR 404 Editing and Production

  • Units:3
  • Hours:54 hours LEC
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Advisory:JOUR 300
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course provides instruction and practice in editing and design, including page makeup, copy editing, photo editing, legal/ethical issues and production methods for newspapers, magazines, and other publications. It also includes preparing, planning, and organizing publications.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • describe editing and production processes
  • design and lay out a variety of publications
  • demonstrate and coordinate the elements contained in each type of publication
  • convey design principles
  • compare and contrast techniques in photo editing
  • assess the target audience
  • develop a design to convey the correct message
  • evaluate publications for their efficacy, strengths, and weaknesses
  • analyze the legal and ethical issues journalists, photographers, and designers experience

JOUR 410 College Media Production I

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 300 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 130
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course offers hands-on experience in reporting, writing, photography, layout, and online production skills. This course provides preparation for transfer work in journalism or entry-level jobs in the field.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce beginner-level work suitable for publication in print and/or online.
  • apply the basic principles of news judgment to assignments.
  • explain the role of the student press as a member of the campus community.
  • utilize production processes while working under deadline pressure in the college newsroom.
  • apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.
  • apply basic ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness, and diversity.
  • evaluate work for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, and grammatical correctness.
  • develop an electronic portfolio of at least 10 writing, design, photo, or multimedia stories published in the student publications.
  • write and report stories that are free of libel.
  • publish photos that take into account copyright regulations.

JOUR 411 College Media Production II

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 410 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • C-ID:C-ID JOUR 131
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course builds on experience gained in JOUR 410. It focuses on intermediate writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The American River Current and its online companion www.arcurrent.com, as a practical laboratory. The course provides the opportunity to work in at least two of the following areas: researching, writing, and editing articles for the two publications; taking photographs and creating graphic illustrations; developing multimedia stories; or designing pages. Ethical and legal aspects of communication are also covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce intermediate work suitable for publication in print and/or online.
  • apply basic and advanced principles of news judgment to assignments.
  • utilize the production processes while working under deadline pressure in the college newsroom.
  • apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.
  • develop an intermediate electronic portfolio of 14 assignments that includes work in at least two of these areas: writing, editing, design, photo, or multimedia assignments published in student publications.
  • write and report and/or edit stories that are free of libel.
  • publish photos that take into account copyright regulations.
  • apply basic and advanced ethical principles in pursuit of truth, accuracy, fairness and diversity.

JOUR 412 College Media Production III

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 411 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course builds on the experience gained in JOUR 411. It focuses on advanced intermediate writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The American River Current and its online companion www.arcurrent.com, as a practical laboratory. The course provides the opportunity to work in at least three of the following areas: researching, writing, and editing articles for the two publications; taking photographs and creating graphic illustrations; developing multimedia stories; or designing pages. Ethical and legal aspects of communication are also covered.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce advanced intermediate work suitable for publication in print and/or online.
  • evaluate the work of others for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, grammatical correctness, and news judgment.
  • plan and execute a production process while working under deadline pressure in the college newsroom.
  • apply the principles of the First Amendment and other laws appropriate to professional practice.
  • adhere to ethical principles and adhere to professional standards while pursuing assignments and editing the works of others.
  • develop an advanced intermediate electronic portfolio of 18 assignments that includes work in at least two of these areas: writing, editing, design, photo, or multimedia assignments published in student publications.
  • write, report, and/or edit stories that are free of libel.
  • publish photos with respect to copyright regulations.
  • play a basic role in the management of the newsroom.

JOUR 413 College Media Production IV

  • Units:3
  • Hours:36 hours LEC; 54 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 412 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This course builds on the experience gained in JOUR 412. It focuses on advanced writing and production skills, using the school newspaper The American River Current and its online companion www.arcurrent.com, as a practical laboratory. It provides the opportunity to produce work in each of the following areas: researching, writing, and editing advanced and in-depth articles for the two publications; taking photographs and creating graphic illustrations; developing multimedia stories; and designing pages. Ethical and legal aspects of communication and media leadership/management are also covered and students are expected to serve in leadership roles.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • produce advanced intermediate work suitable for publication in print and/or online.
  • evaluate their own work and that of others for accuracy, fairness, appropriate style, grammatical correctness, and news judgment.
  • plan and execute a production process while working under deadline pressure in the college newsroom.
  • develop an advanced intermediate electronic portfolio of 18 assignments that includes work in at least three of these areas: writing, editing, design, photo, or multimedia assignments published in student publications.
  • play an active role in leadership of the news organization, including making decisions based on the professional and ethical standards of journalism.
  • manage a newsroom.
  • mentor new journalists.

JOUR 420 College Media Production Lab I

  • Units:0.5 - 3
  • Hours:27 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Corequisite:JOUR 404 or 410
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This lab course provides inexperienced journalism students with hands-on instruction in writing, editing, photography, design and computer-based publication. This includes one-on-one and small-group instruction in publication software, such as Adobe Creative Suite programs, and Web content management systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.
  • report and write stories for publication using multiple sources.
  • assess and apply the basic skills of layout and design.
  • take and prepare photographs for publication for print and online.
  • write basic headlines for print and online editions.
  • develop a basic digital portfolio of up to ten writing, photo, editing, and/or design pieces published in student publications.

JOUR 421 College Media Production Lab II

  • Units:0.5 - 3
  • Hours:27 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:JOUR 420 with a grade of "C" or better
  • Corequisite:JOUR 404 or 411
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

This lab course provides experienced journalism students with hands-on instruction in writing, editing, photography, design and computer-based publication, as well as instruction in newsroom management and leadership. This includes advanced lessons in publication software, such as Adobe Creative Suite programs, and Web content management systems.

Student Learning Outcomes

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

  • apply intermediate journalistic principles to hands-on assignments.
  • report and write in-depth or enterprise stories for publication using multiple sources.
  • apply the intermediate skills of layout and design.
  • take and prepare photographs and photo essays for publication for print and online.
  • write advanced/complex headlines for print publications.
  • write online headlines under search engine optimization guidelines.
  • develop an intermediate digital portfolio of up to ten writing, photo, editing, and/or design pieces published in student publications.

JOUR 495 Independent Studies in Journalism

  • Units:1 - 3
  • Hours:54 - 162 hours LAB
  • Prerequisite:None.
  • Transferable:CSU
  • Catalog Date:June 1, 2019

Independent Study is an opportunity for the student to extend classroom experience in journalism, while working independently of a formal classroom situation. Independent study is an extension of work offered in a specific class in the college catalog. To be eligible for independent study, students must have completed the basic regular catalog course at American River College. They must also discuss the study with a professor in journalism and secure approval. Only one independent study for each catalog course will be allowed.


The American River Current

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The Current is a student-run newspaper produced by the students of Journalism 410, 411, 412 and 413 at American River College in Sacramento, California.

The American River Current