Journalism Course Offerings

(As written in Palomar course catalog. Click here to download the journalism catalog in PDF form.)

JOUR 101: News Writing and Reporting (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Principles of basic journalism. Development of news judgment and clear writing skills. Evaluation of news reporting techniques and sources, and ethical and legal considerations. Emphasis on practical application for newspaper journalism.

JOUR 103: Feature Writing (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Principles of newspaper and magazine feature writing. Development of clear writing skills. Evaluation of interviewing techniques and information gathering. Applications of ethical and legal standards. Emphasis on practical application for newspaper and magazine journalism.

JOUR 105: Newspaper Production (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 101

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Journalism for the student who wants practical application in newspaper work. Emphasis is on writing and editing for Palomar College’s newspaper, The Telescope.

JOUR 110L: Journalism Laboratory (1 or 2 units)

3 or 6 hours laboratory

Note: May be taken 4 times

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Practice in copywriting, layout, headline writing, and other skills necessary to produce the campus newspaper, The Telescope, or in related journalism projects.

JOUR 120 : Magazine Journalism (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Recommended Preparation: Journalism 101

Note: May be taken 4 times

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Study and practical experience in planning content and layout, and editing the college magazine. It provides a format for the application of photojournalism, feature article writing, page design skills, and copyediting.

JOUR 140: Photojournalism (3 units)

11⁄2 hours lecture & 41⁄2 hours laboratory

Note: Cross listed as PHOT 140

Transfer acceptability: CSU

A study of the history and practice of photojournalism, providing specific application through photographing for The Telescope, Palomar College’s newspaper. Student must provide own camera.

JOUR 205: Advanced Newspaper Production (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 105

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Advanced work in the production of The Telescope. Emphasis is on writing, photography, page layout and graphic design.

JOUR 210: Advanced Newswriting and Reporting (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 205

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Practical newswriting experience through work on The Telescope staff. All journalistic skills are refined and augmented in this course. Accurate reporting and development of compelling, clear, and concise writing technique are stressed.

JOUR 215: Newspaper Editing (3 units)

3 hours lecture

Prerequisite: A minimum grade of ‘C’ in JOUR 210

Corequisite: JOUR 110L

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Basic skills involved in editing a newspaper, including news judgment, directing reporting staff, copy editing, headline writing, page layout, selection and placement of photos, and computerized page design. All skills are practiced in actual editorial situations for the Palomar College newspaper, The Telescope.

JOUR 295: Directed Study in Journalism (1, 2 or 3 units)

3, 6, or 9 hours laboratory

Prerequisite: Approval of project or research by department chairperson/ director

Note: May be taken 4 times

Transfer acceptability: CSU

Independent study for students who have demonstrated skills and/or proficiencies in Journalism subjects and have the initiative to work independently on projects or research outside the context of regularly scheduled classes. Students will work under the personal supervision of an instructor.