Frequently Asked Questions

What is unique about your program?

Our program offers a state-of-the-arts computer lab, two award-winning publications, instructors who were working journalists on local publications, a coaching program for students, internship opportunities because of our close ties with the publishing community in the Bay Area, and curriculum that keeps pace with the changing needs of today's newsrooms.


Does the Journalism Department offer transferable courses?

Yes. Six courses in our program are transferable to four-year institutions. The courses are Journalism 19 (Contemporary News Media) and Journalism 21 (News Writing & Reporting), Journalism 26 (Fundamentals of Public Relations), Journalism 35 (Internet Journalism), Journalism 36 (Advanced Reporting), and Journalism 37 (Introduction to Photojournalism).


Do any courses in the department fulfill general education requirements?

Yes. Journalism 19 (Contemporary News Media) and Journalism 26 (Fundamentals of Public Relations) meet the GE requirement in communication and critical thinking.


Can I get a degree or certificate in your program?

The department offers an AA degree in journalism that takes about two years to complete. It also offers a Transfer degree that creates a clear transition to a four-year university. A Certificate of Award in journalism is also available in Online Research and another in Editorial Management & Design for those students only wishing to gain journalistic skills for possible employment within an 18-month period.


If I complete two-years of study in your program and I want to transfer to a four-year college, is that possible?

Yes, it is possible to transfer to a four-year institution. Students in our program have enrolled at San Francisco State University, U.C. Berkeley, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, and U.C. Santa Cruz, just to name a few.


Will I encounter any problems enrolling in one your courses?

No, you should not encounter any problems enrolling in our courses. Enrollment in our department is moderate. Class size is about 20 students per class, which allows for plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty and fellow students.


What kinds of jobs can I expect to qualify for once I complete two years of study in your program?

The department has been able to prepare students for entry-level positions in newspaper design & pagination, copyediting, photojournalism, and news writing.


Are internships available to students in the program?

Yes, the department has working relations with numerous neighborhood newspapers and some alternative publications in the area. Instructors in our department also have connections with the two daily papers, S.F. Chronicle and the S.F. Examiner, as well as media associations like the San Francisco Neighborhood Newspaper Association, the Bay Area Writers Guild, the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, College Media Association, Society of Professional Journalists, California Newspaper Publishers Association, and the Associated Collegiate Press.


Does the department offer any scholarships?

The department has a $100 scholarship for continuing students. The application deadline is April 1. The department also has an in-house bulletin board with postings of journalism scholarships, events, internships, and jobs.