Welcome to Journalism!

Welcome to the award-winning Journalism Department at Palomar College. The Journalism Program offers associate’s degrees and certificates in print journalism. Students can pursue coursework in news writing, reporting, editing, photojournalism and computerized page layout and design.

We connect students to media professionals every  year through our event: Media Days. The event is set to run from 9:30 – 2 p.m. on Monday, April 25 and from 9:30 -5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the San Marcos Campus of Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road.

It is free and open to the public. Here is a tentative schedule of events:

Monday, April 25 in Governing Board Room (SSC-1)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   – Scott Lewis, CEO/Voice of San Diego

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Magazine Panel

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Photography Panel: Don Bartletti in Room P32

Tuesday, April 26 in Governing Board Room (SCC-1)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   – Public Relations

11 a.m – 12:20 p.m. – Broadcast News – NBC-LA Reporter Marin Austin

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.– Resume/Portfolio Critique – Bring your resume and portfolios

2 p.m – 3 p.m. – Media Days Reception in AA – Courtyard

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Cinema Panel in P32

For more information, email ehiro@palomar.edu.

This program doesn’t waste time just lecturing at students. This is a hands-on program. Palomar faculty shows students how to do the work and then makes students try it. You will leave this program with the skills to immediately get a job in journalism.

Journalism students gain hands-on experience by joining the staff of Palomar’s student newspaper, The Telescope, or campus magazine, called IMPACT Magazine.

The Telescope wins at the fair Impact wins at Fair

We just learned that our campus newspaper won First Place for General Excellence from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. Both the newspaper AND the campus magazine won Best of Show at the the San Diego County Fair! Congrats to the hard-working student staff.


Palomar’s journalism faculty includes experienced professionals with specialized academic training. Journalism students learn reporting, writing, photography, design and multimedia skills. The journalism facility includes a multiple-workstation Macintosh computer lab in a brand new building. Students complete their assignments using state-of-the-art software including Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, WordPress, Final Cut Pro, and Microsoft Office. Students earn transferable college credit for their journalism coursework. We also host an annual Media Days where we bring in professionals from the field to tell you more about it. Here is one of the panels, on investigative reporting of the Charger’s Stadium issue

Media Days: Investigative Journalism: Charger’s Stadium Reporters


Palomar’s Journalism Department prides itself in providing networking opportunities for its students. We routinely have guest speakers in our classes and host a Media Days each Spring that brings in top media from around the county to talk about journalism. These events not only show Palomar students what the pros are doing but provide networking opportunities that often lead to internships. If a student doesn’t snag a job at those events, then Palomar Journalism professors help them find an internship through our impressive list of contacts. It is our belief that an internship is an integral part of the training in journalism. We also have an impressive alumni network that helps Palomar graduates find a job in journalism.


Palomar’s journalism students are well positioned to take advantage of the shift to Web-based publishing. Industry officials have told us that they would rather hire one of our Journalism graduates — with their reporting, writing and multimedia skills — than a journalist who has 10-year experience but has never written a blog or uploaded a video. Although traditional media such as newspapers are shrinking, there will ALWAYS be a need for content on the Internet and there will ALWAYS be jobs for people who are able to produce high-quality content. Palomar College’s Journalism department can teach you how to do just that. Palomar College can get you up to speed in this digital world.

For more information, contact Journalism Professor Erin Hiro at ehiro@palomar.edu or by calling (760) 744-1150 ext. 3762 Or stop by the new newsroom in Humanities 103.

For general information about the Journalism Department, contact Academic Department Assistant Rita Walther at rwalther@palomar.edu or (760) 744-1150 ext. 2440.