The Journalism major program has a twofold purpose: to provide preparation for careers in news, entertainment and sports media, public relations and communications, and to provide a study of the media of mass communications.

Department Administration and Staff

Office: AA-101
Phone: (805) 553-4121

  • Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz, Dean
  • Linda Sanders, Administrative Assistant

Department Chair

  • Lydia Etman

Phone: (805) 378-1400 | Ext.1601

Full-time Faculty

  • Joanna Miller,

Phone: (805) 378-1400 | Ext.1618


  • Roberta Brodie
  • Jodie Dickey
  • Michelle Reina

Phone: (805) 378-1428.


Journalism As A Life Skill


Journalism Provides a Broad Knowledge Base

The Journalism Program at Moorpark College provides a broad survey of the workings of the mass communication media today, as well as a foundation to the journalistic skills, knowledge and ethics needed to work in the many media fields that are hiring our graduates, including news, entertainment, and sports media, as well as public relations and community or corporate communication. This program provides foundational knowledge, skills and prerequisites for those fields. It also provides a solid foundation for any liberal arts area of study.

Our graduates are working in news reporting, editing, video production, web and page design; television news reporting and production; radio on-air production assisting, public relations and community relations, and at least one is a practicing attorney. 
There were 120 students who declared Journalism majors in Spring 2015. When they complete their 60 units at Moorpark College, including the 18-unit Journalism program for transfer, Moorpark College Journalism program graduates transfer to various CSU's, UC's and private universities. Many will have completed internships or secured work in their fields.

Our primary transfer institution is the nearby CSUN, where more than 800 students are pursuing Journalism majors. Moorpark College Journalism graduates are also attending or have attended UCLA, UC Berkeley, USC, CSU San Diego, San Francisco, Fullerton,Fresno, Hastings School of Law, and more.

Journalism Students Form a Cohort Through Teamwork

Journalism Students form a Cohort Through Teamwork 

Student Voice students attend the awards banquet culminating a three-day journalism convention with 600 students from around the state.

They meet each other early on through Journalism/Mass Communication Majors Meetings, and their Intro to Mass Communication classes. Later, they get to know each other through their smaller writing and reporting classes. Then, they cap their learning experience by becoming part of a working team for the Student Voice when they enroll in the student news media classes, Jour 10 series. There, as members of the Student Voice staff, they work together to produce the and the Student Voice in print.

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.

Consider journalism as a career, as preparation for a different career, or just for fun and to expand your skill set. It’s a good investment of your time and in your future! 


The Moorpark College Student Voice is an award-winning publication online and in print, distributed to the Moorpark College campus and surrounding communities. The print edition publishes three times per semester, while is published continuously throughout the academic year.

Students who want to share the camaraderie of working as a team toward a common goal should consider joining the Student Voice staff. Students in any of three CSU-transferable staff classes enjoy the hands-on experience of working in a newsroom to create journalistic stories in multiple media for publication online and in print. Jour M02, the foundational and transferrable course in reporting and writing, is highly recommended as a co-requisite or pre-requisite for any of the staff classes.

Students also participate in statewide competitions, workshops and conferences.


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

In this General Education 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 M05: Visual Communication
GE credit; CSU, UC, transferable 3 units

In this General Education survey of the visual media of communication, students explore the meaning and messages behind images, icons and and videos used in social, news and other media today. 

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 M10D: Student Voice Editing II
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 M15: Digital Storytelling 
CSU transferable 3 units

In this hands-on course, students learn the fundamentals behind good video and visual storytelling as well as the techniques for shooting, editing and producing for the media.