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Journalism

El Camino’s journalism degree and certificate programs can get you on track to begin a job in news media or communications immediately after graduation. You can also continue your education at another school.

$2,208
Approximate cost for an El Camino College degree in journalism
7.6%
Career opportunities for writers and authors are expected to grow 7.6% nationwide from 2016 to 2026
$60K
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $24,000 to $192,000 with an average salary of $60,000

Our Journalism Associate in Arts (AA) degree and Journalism Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) degree typically take two years. Or choose our certificate of achievement program and finish in about one year, prepared for a variety of entry-level journalism positions.

Journalism education at El Camino offers many hands-on opportunities to be your best, learning through experience.

Choose a Degree or Certificate Designed for Transfer or a Career

Many students want to start their journalism career right after earning a degree. Others choose to transfer and earn a bachelor’s degree and beyond. We can help you determine the best path for you.

Be a part of a team that provides citizens with information they need to make decisions about important issues impacting their life, community, and government. El Camino’s associate degree in journalism builds your skills and focuses on the importance of the press and its responsibility to share news that empowers the community.

  • Build a foundation in basic news writing, reporting, and photojournalism.
  • Learn the history of mass media, as well as responsibilities, regulations, and ethics.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the writing, assembling, designing, and publishing of the college newspaper.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree or a rewarding career.

Be a part of a team that provides citizens with information they need to make decisions about important issues impacting their life, community, and government. The AA-T degree in journalism sets you on a direct path to complete a bachelor's degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. You will also get priority consideration for admission to the CSU system.

  • Build a foundation in basic news writing, reporting, and photojournalism.
  • Enroll in courses specifically designed to transfer to a CSU campus.
  • Learn the history of mass media, as well as related responsibilities, regulations, and ethics.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the writing, assembling, designing, and publishing of the college newspaper, newspaper website and news magazine.
  • Meet most common transfer requirements.

Providing citizens with information they need to make decisions about important issues is a focus of El Camino’s journalism program. Our certificate program stresses the role of the press while building marketable skills needed to work in media careers.

  • Build a foundation in basic news writing, reporting, and photojournalism.
  • Learn the history of mass media, as well as related responsibilities, regulations, and ethics.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the writing, assembling, designing, and publishing of the college newspaper, website, and news magazine.

Pursue an Entry-Level Journalism Job or Further Education

As an El Camino journalism graduate, you’ll be ready to start work immediately or pursue a bachelor’s degree at another school. We’ll help you gain the knowledge and hands-on skills for any career you choose in this ever-changing career.

  • Work in a broad range of jobs in areas such as electronic journalism, newspapers, magazines, advertising, public relations, and radio/television.
  • Share the stories of others or tell your own story as you learn to apply principles of editing and publication design for electronic and print journalism.
  • Pursue a career in news/media, entertainment, or corporate communications.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree in journalism.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $24,000 to $192,000 with an average salary of $60,000.

Participate in Hands-On Learning/Career Opportunities

Gain real-world experience working on El Camino’s award-winning student-run publications. Explore opportunities for internships and leadership.

  • Practice your skills and submit your work in award-winning student-run publications such as The Union newspaper, Warrior Life magazine, and the Myriad creative arts journal.
  • Explore your interests and join campus clubs such as the ECC News Broadcasting Club or the Beta Phi Gamma journalism club.
  • Submit work in regional and national journalism competitions.
  • Access a variety of guest speakers, internships, and opportunities to publish your work.
  • Attend master classes, activities, and special events through our Center for the Arts.
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Academic Details

Learn about course requirements and more for the Journalism AA and Journalism AA-T degrees and Journalism Certificate of Achievement in El Camino’s online catalog.

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Journalism Program Maps

Find semester-by-semester plans that chart your path to a Journalism AA or Journalism AA-T degree or Journalism certificate.

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Connect with the Faculty

Use the Faculty Directory to connect with Faculty in your program.

Contact Info

El Camino College Journalism Department

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