The Journalism program is designed to provide students with the core curriculum of journalistic basics, issues of diversity in the media, and journalistic writing. Students are also expected to develop their skills in the hands-on Applied Journalism courses, which produce the school newspaper, the Cornerstone .
Graduates of this program should be able to demonstrate journalistic skill and integrity, and implement ECC’s Common Learning Objectives:
- Be ethically and socially responsible
- Be able to communicate effectively in a written and verbal manner
- Be able to think critically and creatively to solve problems and advance solutions
Activities in Journalism
Students at ECC have the opportunity to work on the school newspaper, the Cornerstone , which has print and online editions. Journalism students, especially, are encouraged and expected to participate in these ventures—interviewing, reporting, photographing and designing—for at least a semester. The ECC Student Media Club allows students to work on a freelance basis, and participate in ECC student activities and student government. Students may also travel to various journalism and media conventions throughout their tenure at ECC. ECC’s Journalism Department also regularly partners with the Words and Motion Film and Speaker series to explore issues surrounding media.
Journalists are working in online media, print, radio, television and public relations. With its core skills in research, writing and laws and ethics, in addition to record-keeping and technology skills, a Journalism degree provides a strong foundation for many career paths.
Journalists are employed in many fields (for reference the University of Missouri – Columbia’s Missouri School of Journalism offers 30 interest areas for undergraduate students). Some of these occupations include Copywriter, Radio Reporter, Television Reporter, Newspaper Reporter, Editor, Producer, Media Planner, Designer, Photojournalist, Sports Reporter, Art Director, Entrepreneur, Public Relations Specialist, Watchdog Journalist, Magazine Writer, Multimedia Producer
The Associate of Arts in Journalism degree is designed for those students seeking to pursue a Bachelor of Arts. Many of the credits earned with this degree are accepted as transfer credit by four-year universities. The core journalism courses, in addition to the general education coursework, had specifically been articulated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri – Columbia. Students who are seeking to transfer are advised to contact their specific four-year institution regarding the transferability of the credits and coursework offered through East Central College.