Journalism Student
Journalism Student

Journalism today includes much more than the printed page. Today's journalists are editors, photographers, writers, reporters, videographers, and even bloggers. At its heart, journalism is about providing current, unbiased, objective information to the citizens of the world, enabling them to make good decisions about their government, health, entertainment, and much more. If you have a talent for communication and a passion for the truth, a career in journalism is an ideal choice for your future.

The Certificate of Completion in Journalism and New Media Studies at Paradise Valley Community College was designed to supplement your degree by providing credentials in journalism and enabling you to enter the journalism industry at the entry level. In addition to classroom instruction, earning your certificate in this field also provides real world experience on the college's newspaper's staff. Nine credits of the journalism certificate are transferable to the Arizona state universities' journalism schools.

Enhance Your Education

Valley editors and publishers advised PVCC in the development of the curriculum, approved by the MCCCD Telecommunications and Journalism Instructional Council. The certificate program can be completed in 24 credit hours. Requirements:

  • JRN 201 News Writing
    Writing for print media, introduction to Associated Press style guide.
  • ENG 235 Magazine Article Writing or JRN 234 Feature Writing
    Crafting stylized stories for publication, including interviewing, writing, and editing
  • JRN 203 Writing for Online Media
    Writing for the Internet, as well as using online tools for research and fact-finding
  • JRN 215 News Production
    Writing, editing, and publishing student newspaper
  • MCO 120 Media and Society
    Study of historical and contemporary roles of media
  • ENG 101 First-Year Composition
    Composition with a focus on understanding the writing process
  • JRN 290 Publications Portfolio
    Development of a portfolio of published pieces
  • JRN 240 AB Internship Journalism experience with newspaper of other news outlet


  • JRN 212 Broadcast Writing
  • JRN 225 Photojournalism
  • JRN 298 Special Projects
  • TCM 100 Digital Media

Puma Press

When it comes to learning, students can enrich their classroom education with hands-on experience. Students who pursue their journalism certificates can apply the knowledge they gain as staff members of PVCC's student newspaper. Appearing both online (Northeast Valley News) and in print (Puma Press), the Northeast Valley News provides students a chance to learn multiple aspects of the newspaper business, including Web and hard copy production, photography, videography, and writing. Stories cover topics ranging from campus to community events. In addition to an online component, students have begun to develop a broadcast segment to the news business at PVCC, including interviewing subjects on camera, editing and posting videos. What's more, the Northeast Valley News is a live learning environment that endows students with valuable lessons in ethics, fair and accurate reporting, and the chance to create something important as part of a cohesive team.

Check out the Northeast Valley News

Your future in journalism

Since the early part of the 20th century, journalism as an industry evolved with changing technology. First with the advent of radio, television, and finally the Internet, journalism has become as much about the efficiency of delivering up-to-date information as it is about the art of writing and communication. The next generation of journalists will need a variety of skills including:

  • Investigating, researching and writing news
  • Editing
  • Online journalism and blogging
  • Photography
  • Web publication design
  • Podcasts
  • Videography

In addition to preparing students for traditional positions within the news industry, a journalism major also prepares students for careers in strategic media and public relations. Public relations careers involve collaborating with reporters, writing news releases and Web stories, and promoting the interests of businesses, colleges, or non-profit organizations. In addition, journalism training enhances communication skills desired in diverse corporate jobs.