Journalism

JMC Journalism

CONVERGENCE & TRADITIONS:  Since 1936, SJSU's Journalism school has built a global reputation for developing aspiring reporters and editors into top-notch professionals. Silicon Valley employers prefer to hire our grads because of their well-rounded cross-plateform skills and strong, time-honored media ethics. JMC's lineup of student media outlets provides young journalists with venues to display and develop their talents in traditional, social and digital media.

  • THE SPARTAN DAILY is the oldest college daily newspaper in California, one of only six remaining in the state. While the Daily remains an institution on the SJSU campus, its online edition now wins honors for breaking news coverage and multimedia. The Daily headlines a program that attracts students from around the country and world.
  • UPDATE NEWS is an award-winning television newscast produced and anchored by JMC students. It has been broadcast regularly for more than 50 years, often cited as the top student newscast in the state. It airs across Northern California and is streamed globally online. A new HDTV studio and braking news desk will allow students to rep or news worldwide as it happens.
  • ACCESS MAGAZINE, SJSU's award-winning periodical, has been published regularly for more than 25 years. Students report on the people, stories and trends that define student life, serving as editors, art directors and photo editors. Every aspect of the magazine — writing, photography, illustration and design — is created by students. 
  • SHIFT, the newest JMC student magazine, is part of SJSU's Social Innovation Initiatives program. Its goal is to be a catalyst for social change in the Silicon Valley. SHiFT is published in partnership with Hewlett-Packard, which distributes it globally on HP MagCloud.
  • EQUAL TIME is a Bay Area public affairs news program produced by advanced students and aired on the local PBS station. In-depth reports connect the audience with timely, sometimes controversial issues that affect people in the state, the nation and the world.

Degree Requirements

JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS, Minor – Journalism 

Requirements of the Major     18
Required Courses   6  
MCOM 072. Mass Communication and Society          D3  3    
JOUR 061. Writing for Print, Electronic and Online Media  3    
Approved Electives    12  
Please consult the Journalism School Adviser every semester for approved and new courses in an area of specialization: Photojournalism, Electronic Media, Reporting-Editing or Magazine.      
Total Units:  18

 

JOURNALISM AND MASS COMMUNICATIONS, Major – Journalism 

University Graduation Requirements     50
Core Lower Division General Education
Of the 39 units required by the university, 6 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
  33  
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
 9    
American Institutions
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
 6    
Complete one sequence from:      
African American Studies    6  
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government        D2  3    
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and Government  D3+US123  3    
 Asian American Studies    6  
 AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History I        D2  3    
 AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History II  D3+US123 3    
 U.S. History and Government  6    
 HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History      D2+US1  3    
 POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government    D3+US23  3    
 Mexican American Studies      6  
 MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government    D2  3    
 MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and Government    D3+US123  3    
 Physical Education  2    
 Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see http://testing.sjsu.edu/wst.
Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at http://info.sjsu.edu/gwar.html.
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
     
Preparation for the Major    21  
 MCOM 063. New Media  3    
 MCOM 100W. Writing Workshop: Mass Communications      Z  3    
 MCOM 163. Advanced New Media Technologies
Academic Focus, chosen with approval of school major academic advisor
3    
Requirements of the Major      42
 Mass Communication Core   18  
MCOM 070. Visual Communication for Modern Media  3    
 MCOM 072. Mass Communication and Society      D3  3    
 MCOM 101. Media Law and Ethics  3    
 MCOM 111. Internship 3    
MCOM 180ITL. JMC International Experience  3    
Complete one course from:      
MCOM 104. Introduction to Mass Communications Research  3    
 MCOM 105. Lifestyles, Diversity and the Media  3    
 MCOM 106. Global Mass Communication  3    
 Journalism Core   24  
 JOUR 061. Writing for Print, Electronic and Online Media   3    
 JOUR 095. Beginning Digital News Photography  3    
 JOUR 132. Magazine Reporting, Print and Online  3    
 JOUR 133. Editing and News Management  3    
 JOUR 135. Reporting, Editing, and Management  1-3    
 JOUR 136. Newspaper and Magazine Design 3    
 JOUR 165. Television News Staff  1-3    
 JOUR 166. Convergence Newsroom  3    
 University Electives      7
 The JMC School is nationally accredited by the Association of College Educators in Journalism and Mass Communications. All journalism degree students must successfully complete 72 units outside the major, and of them, 65 must be liberal arts and science classes.      
Total Units:  18