The Journalism Department is proud of The Telescope, its award-winning newspaper that has been reporting on Palomar College since 1947. The newsroom boasts a comprehensive archive of Palomar’s history from 1947 to present day. Everyone is invited to visit our newsroom. We are located at HUM 103 or by calling 760-744-1150 ex 2450.
The newspaper is an independent, student-run publication, which reports on issues pertaining to Palomar College, its staff and students and nearby community. The Telescope just beat out all other two-year schools across the state to earn First Place in General Excellence from the California Newspaper Publishers Association. It also won Best of Show at the 2015 San Diego County Fair.
We publish seven times per semester and also have an active website, www.the-telescope.com.
News coverage about The Telescope.
Check out UT-San Diego news coverage about our program.
Here is a student, David Krueger, a Telescope staffer who won at the Society of Professional Journalists in the summer 2013.
Here is an article about our program published in the now-defunct North County Times newspaper.
We welcome all Letters to the Editor, but if you would like to become a member of the staff, here are your options:
We recommend you start by taking Journalism 101: Introduction to News Writing. That is a three-unit course, available online and on the San Marcos campus, that trains you on how to write for a newspaper. But this class doesn’t allow you to write for the paper. You can take a second class that allows you to write for the newspaper. You have two choices.
1. Journalism 110L – This is a 1-unit lab where you attend one orientation at the beginning of the semester and then write seven stories (or photos or graphics) for The Telescope on your own time. You can work in our newsroom but you are not required to. You really set your own schedule and pick the kind of stories you want to write about. We correspond with you mostly via phone and email although we love it when people in this class come in and hang out with us. Estimated time it would take a week is 3 hours.
2. Journalism 105 – This is The Telescope’s formal lecture /lab class and it meets Monday and Wednesday from 11 – 1:50. This course requires 16 stories and allows you to become more involved and be considered for an editor role. Estimated hours per week is 6 hours, including class time.