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Journalism

If you are inquisitive, can think on your feet, and like to write, a degree in journalism could be for you.

In this program, you’ll learn news writing, research and interviewing techniques and multi-media news production. The program also builds your critical-thinking skills and your understanding of how the media impacts your life and perceptions about society. While a student, you could help publish The Communicator, SFCC’s student newspaper, and gain hands-on experience in writing, editing, photography and layout.

Whether you want to become a reporter or work in corporate communications, this program will help you build the journalistic skills to tell others’ stories across a variety of mediums, including print, broadcast, TV and online.

The Communicator

The Communicator Cover

Get hands-on journalism experience writing for the Communicator! The Communicator is an award-winning, student-run publication that covers news, sports and the arts.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
JOURN 101
College Newspaper Production I
3
JOURN 110
Mass Media
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
JOURN 102
College Newspaper Production II
3
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
FILM 236
The Documentary Film
5
MUSC& 105
Music Appreciation
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Total Credits
 
18
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
JOURN 103
College Newspaper Production III
3
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 270
Nutrition for Fitness
3
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 100
Survey of Anthropology
5
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
Choose 1 course from:
BIOL 110
Insects and People
5
BIOL& 160
General Biology with Lab
5
BOT 112
Survey of the Plant Kingdom
5
BOT 130
Mycology
5
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
Total Credits
 
16
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
JOURN 201
College Newspaper Production IV
3
Choose 1 course from:
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies
5
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL& 101
Introduction to Philosophy
5
PHIL& 115
Critical Thinking
5
Choose 1 course from:
HIST& 116
Western Civilization I
5
HIST& 117
Western Civilization II
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
POLS& 101
Intro to Political Science
5
POLS& 202
American Government
5
Total Credits
 
13
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
JOURN 202
College Newspaper Production V
3
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
BIOL 107
Dinosaur Paleontology
5
CHEM 116
Reactions: Our Actions and Inactions
5
GEOL 116
Environmental Geology
5
Choose 5 credit from:
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
DRMA 106
Theatre Production
1 - 5
MUSC 145
Concert Band
1 - 3
PE 106
Yoga Fitness
1
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
Total Credits
 
13
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
JOURN 225
Multimedia Journalism
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHYS 100
Introductory Physics
5
Choose 1 course from:
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
ECON& 202
Macro Economics
5
Total Credits
 
15
 
  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
  • Non-Resident

    $
  • International

    $
  • Avg. Books

    $
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
  • Institutional Fees

    $

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    VPAA Pathway Specialist
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195
  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Bonnie Glantz
    Bonnie Glantz
    Dean Visual/Perform Arts
    B.A., Walla Walla College; M.A., University of Northern Iowa
    Bonnie.Glantz@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3339
  • Jason Nix
    Jason Nix
    Journalism
    A.A.S., Wallace State Community College; B.A., M.A., Auburn University; additional studies: Poynter Institute for Media Studies
    Jason.Nix@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3791

Have a question? Let's hear it.

Heather Bellerud

Pathways Specialist
Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3195
Building 15, Room 106