Journalism, Media Studies

The Journalism program prepares students to successfully transfer and complete degree requirements in communication or journalism. This program draws from the Liberal Arts and Humanities to develop communication skills and technical proficiencies. The Journalism program also allows some degree of specialization.

For more information, visit the Department of Communication webpage.

AA Journalism, Media Studies - An Option within Liberal Arts

P1133

General Education Foundation
Communication9
English Composition I
English Composition II
Speech Fundamentals
Math-Science-Technology12
Probability and Statistics
Mathematics for the Liberal Arts
Laboratory Science Elective
Computer Technology and Applications
Social Science6
Principles of Sociology
Political Science Elective
Humanities9
Language/Literature Sequence 1
Humanities Elective 1
History 16
Diversity3
Intercultural Communication
General Education Foundation Credits45
Journalism Core
COM-111Introduction to Journalism3
COM-112Advanced Journalism3
COM-115Introduction to Mass Media3
COM-209Editing and Publication Design3
Restricted Electives (select two classes)6
Introduction to Communication
Advertising and Society
Introduction to Public Relations
Interpersonal Communication
Media Literacy
Broadcast Journalism
Communications Internship
Introduction to Film
Special Topics in Communication
Special Topics in Communication
Media Aesthetics
Introduction to Broadcasting
Television Production I
Television Production II
Documentary Photography
Journalism Core Credits18
Total Credits63
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 Students should consult their academic advisors when selecting these courses.

Dr. Matthew T. Jones
Chairperson, Department of Communication
Associate Professor, Communication
Ph.D., Temple University
M.A., B.A.,William Paterson University
DH 315   973-328-5466   mailto:mjones@ccm.edu

John Soltes
Assistant Professor, Journalism
M.S., Columbia University
B.A., Rutgers University
DH 301     973-328-5469     jsoltes@ccm.edu

Courses

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COM-101. Introduction to Communication. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Survey of the field of communication within a variety of contexts including: Interpersonal, Group, Organizational, Mass Media, Intercultural and International Communication.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-025 or ENG-022 or ENG-007.

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COM-102. Advertising and Society. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This is a survey course that follows the advertising industry from the early days of the Industrial Revolution through modern social media campaigns. There will be a strong emphasis on the cultural and societal effects of advertising messages on mass markets. There will also be a focus on advertising as a form of social communication, which has embedded impacts on socio-economic, political, and global communication. Students will acquire skills in media literacy and ethical reasoning with respect to advertising campaigns. By the end of the course students will be able to identify the current challenges to consumers and the advertising industry.
Prerequisites: Placement Basis or ENG-007, ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-103. Introduction to Public Relations. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course is a survey of the principles and practices in public relations. Students gain an understanding of the history, development and globalization of PR, the impact of PR criticism, the techniques and tactics of PR practitioners. They learn the concepts of "publics" and professionalism. Special emphasis is placed on the comprehension of the laws and ethics mandated for the PR industry and the goals and objectives necessary to the future credibility of PR.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-007, ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-104. Interpersonal Communication. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Students in this course discover how to communicate effectively in everyday relationships through the study of both theoretical frameworks and practical application. Topics include self-perception, cultural influences, verbal and nonverbal messages, conflict management, as well as an in-depth look at communication within the family unit, friendships, romantic partners and the workplace.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-025 or ENG-022 or ENG-007.

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COM-105. Media Literacy. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Media Literacy prepares students to better understand the 21st century media environment. Topics covered include media form, media content, media effects and influence, and media industries. There will be a particular focus on developing stronger critical and analytical skills to better use media for personal and professional benefit. We will investigate media through several perspectives with a concentration on how media works and how to better navigate and manage the information we receive.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-007 or ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-109. Speech Fundamentals. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
This course introduces the fundamentals of organizing, outlining, and presenting narrative, informative and persuasive speeches. Specific attention is given to each student's verbal and nonverbal delivery in the communication of ideas, as well as to the development of creative abilities, critical insights and listening skills.
Prerequisites: Placement Basis or ENG-007 or ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-111. Introduction to Journalism. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Instruction and practice in reporting and writing news stories across multimedia platforms. Topics include new media, writing, reporting, interviewing, researching, news judgment, Associated Press style, media ethics and media law. Students utilize computers in the classroom to research topics and complete assignments on deadline. The culmination of the course is an e-portfolio that utilizes a basic content management system and combines written articles with original photography. A one-time commitment of three hours of newspaper production is required.
Prerequisites: Placement Basis or ENG-007 or ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-112. Advanced Journalism. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Instruction and practice in news reporting, computer-assisted reporting and writing techniques. Specialized topics include profile writing, government meetings, statistics/budgets, police, weather, tragedies, global issues, news conferences, speeches, media ethics and media law. Students utilize computers in the classroom to research topics and complete assignments on deadline. New media is incorporated throughout the semester. A one-time commitment of 6 hours of newspaper production on campus is required.
Prerequisites: COM-111 or permission of department chair.

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COM-115. Introduction to Mass Media. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Introduction to Mass Media is a survey course focusing on the history and consequences of mass media for the individual, society and culture. Specific areas of emphasis include the historical development of media forms, theories concerning the effects of media, and the evolving future of media. Special attention will also be paid to current events in the media and their social consequences.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-007 or ENG-022 or ENG-025.

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COM-120. Broadcast Journalism. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Instruction and practice in broadcast reporting, writing and editing. Students utilize traditional broadcast skills within a multimedia environment. Topics include broadcast writing techniques and style, newscast organization, photojournalism, social media, new media, broadcast stories for online journalism, media ethics and media law. Students write broadcast scripts, maintain blogs and produce timed newscasts.
Prerequisites: COM-111
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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COM-209. Editing and Publication Design. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Instruction and practice in copy editing, layout, design, headline writing, photo editing, news evaluation, media ethics and media law. Students utilize computers, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign to complete assignments, and they help produce the student newspaper.
Prerequisites: COM-111 or permission of department chair
Additional Fees: Course fee applies.

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COM-228. Cooperative Work Experience Communication. 3 Credits.

COOP 3 hrs
This course provides students in the Communications curriculum with job-oriented training and practical experience in a real work environment. This course is designed to supplement the student's academic coursework and to facilitate the career development and exploration process.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair
Corequisites: COM-229.

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COM-229. Coop. Work Experience - Related Class. 1 Credit.

LECT 1 hr

Prerequisites: Permission of Coordinator
Corequisites: COM-228.

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COM-230. Communications Internship. 3 Credits.

COOP 3 hrs
The Communication Internship offers practical experience working part-time for an approved communication agency, organization or business under the supervision of a Communication faculty. Alternatively, it can be used to complete a significant research project under the guidance of a Communication faculty member. Students mus have second year status, GPA of 3.5 or higher.
Prerequisites: Permission of department chair.

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COM-234. Introduction to Film. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
Through the study of representative major works of world cinema, students are introduced to the history and development of film as a creative medium or artistic expression and mass communication. Topics include production practices, cinema as an industry, the relationship between history and cinema, the psychology of cinema, and socio-cultural factors related to cinema. Students are encouraged to approach film analytically and critically, to consciously examine the language and aesthetic forces of cinema, and to expand cinematic interest into realms beyond the Hollywood mainstream production.
Prerequisites: Placement basis or ENG-007 or ENG-025 or ENG-022.

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COM-291. Special Topics in Communication. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
An examination of selected topics or issues in Communication. Topics may differ each time the course is offered. Students should consult the assistant chair for further information.
Prerequisites: An introductory course in Communication.

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COM-292. Special Topics in Communication. 3 Credits.

LECT 3 hrs
An examination of selected topics or issues in Communication. Topics may differ each time the course is offered. Students should consult the department chair for further information.
Prerequisites: An introductory course in Communication.