Journalism

Students participating and completing the Associate in Arts in Journalism for Transfer degree at Gavilan College will have satisfied the transfer requirements for California State University programs and will have a higher probability for acceptance at University of California programs. Students in the Journalism program learn about various news media forms--newspapers, magazines, television and the Internet--as the basis of a foundational education in journalism. Students practice journalism and become media practitioners as most journalism courses offer a unique opportunity to develop publishable work for the Gavilan Press, Gavilan College's student newspaper as well as other digital news venues. The Journalism program is an active part of the Media Arts program and offers all students the opportunity to collaborate with those from the disciplines of film, video production, digital media and photography.
Requirements:
Units: 18
CORE COURSES (9 units)
 
JOUR 10
Mass Media and Society (Active)
3
JOUR 16A
Writing for Print and Digital Media (Historical)
3
JOUR 18A
Print and Digital News I (Historical)
3
List A: Select one (3 units)
 
JOUR 18B
Print and Digital News II (Historical)
3
List B: Select two (6 units)
 
ART 8A
Introduction to Photography (Historical)
3
PHIL 2
Introduction to Logic (Active)
3
PHIL 4
Critical Thinking and Writing (Active)
3
or
ENGL 1C
Critical Reasoning and Writing (Historical)
3
Students are required to complete:
Units:  
A minimum of 18 semester units in the major with a grade of C or better while maintaining a minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU transferable coursework.
 
Title 5 section 55063(a) requires that students must earn a C or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
 
Completion of 60 semester CSU-transferable units using the California State University-General Education-Breadth pattern (CSU GE-Breadth); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern.
 
No more than 60 semester units are required.
 
Units Required for the Major: 18
Units:  
Double Counted Units:
Units:  
General Education Requirements: CSU GE: 39; IGETC: 37
Units: 37-39
Electives needed to get to 60 Units:
Units:  
Total Units for the Degree: 60 Units
Units:  
Total: 55-57
JOUR 10Mass Media and Society (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. This course helps students understand the 20th century revolution in mass media by focusing on the history, economics and social impact of the newspaper, book publishing, magazine, film, television, public relations, advertising and music industries. Students will study audience, propaganda and mass communication theory; and discuss new technology, ethnic media in the United States, ethical issues and attempts to regulate or control the media. Honors students will complete more in-depth analysis of media issues and will finish a media-related research project. This course is also listed as SOC 10. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. (C-ID: JOUR 100) ADVISORY: English 250, English 260. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
JOUR 16AWriting for Print and Digital Media (3.0)Active
3.0 Lecture. Fundamentals of journalistic writing and analysis of news values and news writing. This course stresses organization and structure of news stories; the language and style of news writing; the basic lead and story types for print, broadcast and social media. This course offers students an opportunity to practice the fundamental skills of print news writing, learning to use news judgment and to follow a set journalism format for the construction of news stories. (C-ID: JOUR 110) ADVISORY: Typing skill; English 1A eligibility. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2013.
JOUR 18APrint and Digital News I (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students research, fact check, interview, write, edit, photograph and produce computer assisted design and graphics for the college newspaper and/or online The Gavilan Press. In doing this, they provide the community with an important First Amendment forum, learn and educate about the First Amendment rights and responsibilities, and acquire journalistic skills, ethics and habits. (C-ID: JOUR 130). ADVISORY: Eligible for English 1A. Typing ability. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
JOUR 18BPrint and Digital News II (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will take leadership roles and be placed in a deadline-driven newsroom environment with close attention to teamwork, responsibility and objectivity. Students will research, fact check, interview, write, edit, photograph and produce computer-assisted design and graphics for the college newspaper and/or online Gavilan Press. In doing this, they provide the community with an important First Amendment forum, learn and educate about First Amendment rights and responsibilities and acquire journalistic skills, ethics and habits. (C-ID: JOUR 131) PREREQUISITE: Journalism 18A. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
JOUR 18CPrint and Digital News III (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will take advanced leadership roles and be placed in a deadline-driven newsroom environment with close attention to teamwork, responsibility and objectivity. Students will research, fact check, interview, write, edit, photograph and produce computer-assisted design and graphics for the college newspaper and/or online Gavilan Press or comparable news outlet. In doing this, they provide the community with an important First Amendment forum, learn and educate about First Amendment rights and responsibilities and acquire leadership experience, journalistic skills, ethics and habits. PREREQUISITE: Journalism 18B. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2018.
JOUR 18DWorking on the Newspaper (2.0-5.0)Historical
0.0-2.0 Lecture, 0.0-3.0 Lab, 0.0-6.0 TBA. Students interview, write, photograph and do computer assisted design and graphics for the college newspaper, The Gavilan Press. In doing this, they provide the community with an important first amendment forum, learn and educate about the first amendment rights and responsibilities and acquire journalistic skills, ethics and habits. ADVISORY: Journalism 18C. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Fall 2014 to Spring 2020.
JOUR 18DPrint and Digital News IV (3.0)Active
2.0 Lecture, 3.0 Lab. Students will take managing leadership roles and be place in a deadline-driven newsroom environment with close attention to teamwork, responsibility, objectivity and training. Students will research, fact check, interview, write, edit, photograph and produce computer-assisted design and graphics for the college newspaper, The Gavilan Press or comparable news outlet. In doing this, they provide the community with an important First Amendment forum, learn and educate about First Amendment rights and responsibilities, and acquire journalistic skills, ethics and habits. PREREQUISITE: Journalism 18C. (Standard Letter Grade.) Effective: Spring 2020.
JOUR 190Occupational Work Experience/Journalism (1.0-4.0)Active
3.3-16.7 Lab. Occupational work experience for students who have a job related to their major. A training plan is developed cooperatively between the employer, college and student. (P/NP grading) 75 hours per semester paid work = 1 unit. 60 hours non-paid (volunteer) work per semester = 1 unit. Student repetition is allowed per Title 5 Section 55253. Minimum 2.00 GPA. REQUIRED: Declared vocational major. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Fall 2016.
JOUR 22Field Work and Service (0.5-1.0)Active
1.5-3.0 TBA. Supervised field work within the college and with local agencies. Students serve in useful group activities in leadership roles prescribed for them by faculty or community agencies. A maximum of six units may be completed. This is a pass/no pass course. REQUIRED: Learning contracts must be filled out and signed by the student and the supervising instructor. (Pass/No Pass.) Effective: Summer 2011.
JOUR 23Independent Study (1.0-2.0)Active
3.0-6.0 TBA. Designed to afford selected students specialized opportunities for exploring areas at the independent study level. The courses may involve extensive library work, research in the community, or special projects. May be repeated until six units of credit are accrued. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. REQUIRED: The study outline prepared by the student and the instructor must be filed with the department and the dean. (Option of a standard letter grade or Pass/no pass.) Effective: Spring 2011.