The Journalism and Mass Communication major is offered to future communicators seeking a foundation in history, principles and successful practices in journalism and mass communication.
Emphasis is placed in the responsibilities of a free press. Critical thinking and accessing information are essential when interpreting and reporting to others and demands a broad knowledge about a wide variety of subjects.
In the program, students receive theoretical and practical knowledge needed for a successful career in journalism. The journalistic practices of accuracy, fairness and ethics, as well as precision in the skill sets of writing, editing, research, interviewing, photography and graphics are addressed in the major.
In addition to journalism skills, students gain exposure to political science, social science, business and other subjects of interest. Students are assigned news beats, covering campus and community events, as well as city/county public meetings.
The major is designed for students who want to specialize in professional writing careers, such as news writers, technical writers, feature writers, and business writers. Professional communicators can expect diverse careers with newspapers, radio/television stations, magazines, public relations firms, businesses, advertising agencies, and non-profit agencies.
Majors also have the opportunity to apply skills in the production of The Magician campus student news publication, in online http://locmagicianonline.com/ and print formats. Established to preserve a historical record of student activities at the college, students produce a publication containing information that impacts students, faculty and staff at the college, and that provides journalism students and others with an opportunity to practice news reporting, writing, and design/layout.
In order to gain experience and prepare for work in the real world, all journalism and mass communication majors are required to complete a supervised internship with a news organization or host company during their senior year. Majors apply skill sets critical to job-based performance and have an opportunity to engage with media professionals.