2014-15 Edition

Sylvania Campus
Communications Technology Building (CT), Room 216



Journalism is inquiry: the struggle to understand and respond effectively to public issues. While it is the collection and transmission of news through media such as newspapers, periodicals, television, radio, and the Internet, it is more than simply a commodity that can be mined from public events and repackaged as “news.” It is fundamentally a democratic art, a way a free society engages in conversation with itself. In part, the study of journalism allows students to analyze the media and their impact on the world.

PCC offers courses in Journalism that introduce the student to the media and to media literacy through the study of the history of mass media, developing research and writing techniques, and examining visual communication. Students who take journalism courses find it helps them develop and hone their judgments in making public and personal choices. PCC Journalism courses are transferable to any Oregon college or university, 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.