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.

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 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, has been a key media aggregation in several investigative stories.

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who have no pre-existing college credit.

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree for English students is $6,015. This includes tuition and course fees for English courses. Books and course fees in other classes outside of the English program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many Journalism courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low-cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs, which can be as much as an additional $1,000 per semester.

Program Code

8400 Associate of Arts (AA) - Pre-Majors/Transfer

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Program Contacts

Dr. Larry Tualla, Department Chair
Office: LC-320
Phone: (480) 423-6773

Janet Richards, Program Advisor

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6459
Fax: (480) 423-6469

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

If students have a different Arizona university as their goal, they should work with an advisor to determine their associate’s degree courses. Although the other universities don’t have an established transfer pathway for journalism students, working with an advisor can aid students in taking transferable courses and meeting general studies requirements.

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Graduates are prepared to: think critically, read analytically, evaluate information, conduct complex research, communicate with people on an interpersonal and mass level, and solve problems.

According to*, 82% of journalism jobs require a bachelor’s degree. Journalism can also be used as preparation for graduate degrees in law and business. According to our transfer partner, Arizona State University, journalism students are prepared for the following careers:

Career Growth* Median Salary*
Multimedia Artists and Animators 6% $63,630
Communications Teachers, Postsecondary 9.7% $62,550
Copy Writers 2.3% $58,850
Editors -5.3% $54,890
Film and Video Editors 17.6% $57,210
Graphic Designers 1.4% $45,900
Green Marketers 4.7% $96,720
Advertising and Promotions Managers 4.7% $96,720
Radio and Television Announcers -14.3% $29,790

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.

  1. All JRN 215 students ( are trained in writing online copy for news, sports, entertainment, investigative reporting and feature work.
  2. All JRN 215 students ( 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.
  3. All JRN 215 students ( 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.
  4. All JRN 215 students must learn how to post copy to site, implement social media promotion through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  5. 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

  1. Maricopa TV broadcast internships
  2. Fox Sports Arizona
  3. The Arizona Coyotes
  4. Channel 3 News
  5. The Arizona Diamondbacks/Publications
  6. JRN 215 also has two working paid positions for students who train in audio and video production.

Work Study Opportunity Work study position of 20 hours a week for qualifying student that will work in audio, video and online news production.