Have you ever dreamt of becoming a reporter? The free press in the United States has played a crucial role in our development as a nation and a society. Journalists continue to exert influence as they inform, educate, and entertain us. With the 24/7 news cycle, there is more need than ever for trained journalists to produce quality content. If you have a strong desire to cover current events and trends while communicating with the public, choosing a career in journalism could be your first big break.
Our Journalism program is designed to help you start your career as a reporter or editor, whether you are a new student or someone with a degree in a different area who is shifting career goals. Instructors with real-world experience will teach you general, practical, and marketable skills that will enable you to seek entry-level employment in news and feature writing for newspapers, magazines, community journals, online websites, and radio and television. By the time you graduate from the Journalism program, you will have created a portfolio of published articles demonstrating your ability to write news and feature stories.
Take the first step on the path to your new career as a member of the free press, and enroll in the Journalism program.
Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.
The Scottsdale Community College Journalism and Digital News Production program is the only one of its kind within Maricopa Community Colleges, offering a “fast track” program to the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Our program is designed for students who want to be professional journalists, who see the need for bachelor’s degree, and who want to build a strong portfolio of their work as journalists.
Unlike some of our sister colleges in the Maricopa Community Colleges district, Scottsdale does not offer the Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) degree or a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in journalism as the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication does not recognize this degree or certification.
Scottsdale Community College offers several Journalism and Mass Communication courses that apply to both the degree and certificate program for Journalism and New Media studies within Maricopa–but degrees and the certificates in this program will ultimately be awarded from either Mesa or Glendale Colleges.
Journalism and Mass Communication courses at SCC transfer to the ASU Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communications path. SCC focuses on transfer, giving our journalism students have an edge when they reach Cronkite due to their vocational, on the job work experience with nevalleynews.org. Northeast Valley News has been credentialed for three of the five major sports franchises in Arizona. The Arizona Coyotes, The Arizona Diamondbacks, and The Phoenix Rising. In addition, nevalleynews.org has been a key media aggregation in several investigative stories.
Experiential Learning Opportunities
The program at Scottsdale recognizes and promotes vocational training at its core for the journalism profession and as such our program (specifically JRN 215-Digital News Production) will equip young students of journalism to step into internship positions even prior to entering ASU’s Walter Cronkite program. JRN 215 (Digital News Production) does this through various avenues of skill set training.
- All JRN 215 students (nevalleynews.org) are trained in writing online copy for news, sports, entertainment, investigative reporting and feature work.
- All JRN 215 students (nevalleynews.org) are required to take our video filming lab offered in class using their smartphones. They will also be trained on at least two editing software programs for short form video production in order to add “value” to their published online copy. This is something that today’s working media must know.
- All JRN 215 students (nevalleynews.org) are required to take audio voicing, in studio production, broadcast writing and audio editing lab offered in JRN 215. Again, this is required and will add “value” to online copy and train prospective journalists in both online writing as well as broadcast studio production (podcasts) and short form audio news and entertainment segments.
- All JRN 215 students must learn how to post copy to site, implement social media promotion through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
- The spring of 2019 will also introduce Maricopa TV as our newest lab and students will be required to train in television broadcast writing and they will each “audition” on camera and on set for television studio time.
Internship and Work Study Opportunities
The adviser for the journalism program is a twenty-year radio broadcaster with roots in the local mainstream media. She keeps up with media needs and is responsible for helping students to gain interview opportunities for highly competitive internships.
Recent Internships Awarded to SCC Journalism students
- Maricopa TV broadcast internships
- Fox Sports Arizona
- The Arizona Coyotes
- Channel 3 News
- The Arizona Diamondbacks/Publications
- JRN 215 also has two working paid positions for students who train in audio and video production.
Work Study Opportunity
Nevalleynews.org: Work study position of 20 hours a week for qualifying student that will work in audio, video and online news production.
Classes are offered in a variety of formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.
Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no cost material provided by your instructors. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.