Journalism

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Welcome to Journalism

Program Description

The profession of journalism is undergoing a seismic shift. Newspapers, formally a print-only medium, are transitioning to the Web. Broadcast journalism is also moving online, allowing for more immediate reporting, faster news cycles and public interaction. The advent of a pervasive Internet and low-cost mobile devices has exponentially increased the demand for up-to-date news and led to a new class of journalist able to tell stories through hypertext, images, video and sound.

Journalism students at Santa Barbara City College learn by doing. Through the award-winning 24/7 site, TheChannels.org, students produce articles in traditional news formats, feature and opinion genres. Additionally, they combine photojournalism and the documentary format to create works of visual journalism suitable for viewing on mobile devices.

The Journalism Department is an active part of the School of Media Arts, with coordinated classes supporting the core program in photography, video production, multimedia and graphic design. Theory courses such as mass media and documentary film round out a curriculum that prepares students to become professional journalists committed to truth-telling, ethical practice and creative craftsmanship.

The department offers two associate degrees for transfer-bound majors as well as both a certificate and a skills competency award in public relations and photojournalism. SBCC faculty works closely with our counterparts at state universities to ensure the relevance, currency and transferability of all our classes and programs.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Use news judgment to select, produce and publish journalistic content.
  2. Practice standard reporting and newsgathering techniques.
  3. Identify the best medium by which to convey journalistic content.
  4. Develop journalistic content in multiple media forms.
  5. Identify and practice the role and principles of a free press in a participatory democracy: commitment to accuracy, sound ethics, fairness and context.

Faculty and Offices

Patricia Stark, Chair and Channels Adviser (CC-124, ext. 2378)

Alice Scharper, Dean (A-118, ext. 2354) 

Honors and Awards

The Channels was established in 1957 and has evolved as a professional-quality college news site. Today, it enjoys a national reputation for excellence.

Semester after semester, The Channels has won top awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, the California Newspaper Publishers Association and the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. Individual Channels staffers also are consistently among the top award winners in regional and statewide journalism competitions.

The Channels’ award-winning work is the direct reflection of Santa Barbara City College’s insistence on  excellence in updated curriculum and technology and faculty leadership. As important are the high quality and intense dedication of the hard-working men and women who join the paper’s staff.


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