2015-16 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Communications Technology Building (CT), Room 216



Journalism is the process of gathering, writing, documenting, editing and delivering news to an audience. It is fundamentally a democratic art, a way a free society engages in conversation about what is noteworthy or important to its people. In part, the study of journalism enables students to both understand the practices and analyze the impact of media.

PCC offers courses in journalism that introduce and develop skills needed to be media practitioners as well as those that teach media literacy. Students who take journalism courses find they help develop critical thinking skills and effective research and writing techniques for various media. They also enhance their understanding of the role and responsibilities of journalists and the effects of all types of media on culture and society. PCC journalism courses are transferable to any Oregon college or university; select courses fulfill General Education requirements for the AAOT degrees.


J 102. Introduction to Information Gathering. 4 Credits.

Surveys methods and strategies for acquiring information for the various mass media. Examines records, databases, sources and interview methods. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

J 103. Introduction to Media Writing. 4 Credits.

Introduces the basic process and practice of writing media. Discusses style and story structure for print and electronic media and the rights and responsibilities of the public communicator. Emphasizes journalistic style and format, accuracy and clarity in writing. Recommended: Concurrent enrollment in J 102. Prerequisite: WR 121. Audit available.

J 201. Mass Communication and Society. 4 Credits.

Surveys media of mass communication and the effects on society. Introduces the history, development and technological advances of mass communication systems and their subsequent role in society, public discourse and the individual. Includes an analysis of print and broadcast journalism, advertising, public relations, television, film and new media. Course may be taken one time for credit as J 201 or COMM 228. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit Available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Arts and Letters/AAOT, Arts and Letters/AS, Arts and Letters/AAS, Arts and Letters/AGS, Arts and Letters/ASOT-B.

J 204. Visual Communication for the Media. 4 Credits.

Theory and application of visual communication in newspapers, magazines, television news, advertising, and public relations. May include a Service Learning component. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.