The Journalism major program has a twofold purpose: to provide preparation for careers in newspaper and magazine editorial work, television and radio news and public relations, and to provide a study of the media of mass communications.

Program Purpose: Students who complete Journalism courses will be able to critically analyze mass media in the context of culture and ethics. Journalism majors will also be able to report and factually represent events and trends in society through publication in multiple platforms using skills necessary in today’s media companies.


Department Administration and Staff

Office:  Applied Arts (AA-101)

Telephone: (805) 378-1448

  • Lisa Putnam, Dean
  • Felicia Torres, Administrative Assistant

 Department Chair

  • Lydia Etman, telephone (805) 378-1400 x1601

Full-time Faculty


  • Denice Avila, Roberta Brodie, (805) 378-1428

Journalism As A Life Skill


You will use what you learn in journalism classes your whole life.

You will use the logic and clear thinking skills in your other classes, in your career, relationships and life. These skills can help you earn the ‘A’ you want in history or literature or even science, a field where young people often incorrectly believe they will not need clear writing skills.

You will use your clear writing skills on college papers, in graduate work, on job application letters, legal briefs, medical reports, interoffice memos, professional letter writing and love letter writing.

These skills help prepare you for a career in journalism, if that’s what you’re after. But they are excellent early preparation for careers in law, medicine, computer technology, teaching, the information or service industry, or any other field that requires clear thinking and clear expression.  


One added bonus: It’s fun. In journalism classes, whether students are focused on photography or writing, they are out on campus talking to other students. They’re interviewing our president to find out about class cuts or new programs. They’re reviewing the new musical at the Performing Arts Theater or interviewing its actors. They’re over with the pre-schoolers in the Child Development Center to write about that program or student-parents. They’re over talking with nurses about our campus health programs, and hanging out with the llamas and gibbons for stories on EATM or its students. And when they come back to their computers, they are learning how to sit down, organize their notes and thoughts, and turn them quickly into published works.

In short, they are the people in the know with plenty of know-how. Consider journalism as a career, preparation for a different career, or just for fun. It’s a good investment of your time. 



The Ventura County Community College District Student Voice newspaper is an award-winning publication in print circulation on the Moorpark, Ventura, and Oxnard College campuses, and online at

Students who want to share the camaraderie of working as a group toward a common goal should consider joining the student news media staff. Students in any of four CSU-transferable staff classes enjoy the hands-on experience of working in a newsroom with a group of peers to publish both print and online products. Students also participate in statewide competitions, workshops and conferences.




Journalism M01: Media and Society
CSU/UC transferable, IGETC 3 units

In this survey media course, students learn about each medium of mass communication, examining the social, political and cultural aspects of this country’s vast network of media sources.

Journalism M02: Reporting/Writing for the Media
CSU/UC transferable 3 units

Students learn the basics of good journalism, ethical and balanced interviewing, reporting, writing and presentation for publication. Required class for all journalism majors.

Journalism M03: Advanced Reporting and Presentation
CSU/UC transferable 3 units

Students enhance reporting skills, hone their writing skills, and learn to tell stories in multiple media using video and audio to expand topics for display on the web.

Journalism M04: Magazine Article Writing
CSU transferable 3 units

Students learn to write the longer, more thoughtful piece for magazine publication. Includes news and feature writing techniques.

Journalism M08: Photo Journalism
CSU transferable 3 units

Students learn film and digital photography with an emphasis on capturing the shot for reproduction in print and online.

Journalism M10A: Student Voice Staff
CSU transferable 3 units

Writers and photographers make the leap from student to staff in this on-the-job training course that helps refine reporting and writing skills under the direction of the faculty adviser and student editors.

Journalism M10B: Student Voice Staff Editing
CSU transferable 3 units

Student editors take charge as they plan each edition of the print and online news media. Editors plan and execute the edition with stories, photos, graphics and videos for all editions. Editors design and layout their pages as well as update web pages. Check out Student Voice Online to see the Student Voice on the web.

Journalism M10C: Student Voice Staff Production
CSU transferable 3 units

Editors put it all together in this course, learning the nuances of news judgment and page design and building with InDesign, using a little Photoshop and Illustrator as they go. No experience necessary. We’ll teach you all you need to know.

Journalism M12: Broadcast Journalism
CSU transferable 3 units

Broadcast students learn to report and write the story in the shorter, audio-oriented format for broadcast, putting it together with the stand-up, the voice over and presentation at the anchor desk.



RT M02A: Television Studio Operation
CSU transferable 3 units

Students learn to produce packages for TV and the Web with multiple cameras through practical hands-on experiences in directing, switching, scripting, lighting, sound and camera composition and operation.

RT M02B: Digital Camera Production/Editing
CSU transferable 3 units

Students lear pre- and post-production technical techniques in video editing. They learn shooting for single camera, audio, lighting, editing and graphics.

Radio/Television M08: Voice and Diction
CSU transferable 3 units

Introduces theory and practice of voice control, emphasizing correct pronunciation, breathing control techniques, and regional and foreign dialects. Especially useful for those in broadcast journalism, theatre and forensics.

Journalism M13: Broadcast News Production
CSU transferable 3 units

Students learn the basics of the production side of broadcast, with a focus on lighting, shooting and editing using the Avid program.