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Majoring in Journalism

The Journalism Major prepares students for careers in the news media preparing for positions with newspapers, magazines and broadcast stations as multimedia reporters, photographers, writers, editors and producers.

Campus Times

The Campus Times has been published continuously since 1919, making it La Verne’s first student-run organization. The Campus Times has been recognized as the best weekly college newspaper in the state by the California Intercollegiate Press Association and has received consistent All-American honors from the Associated Collegiate Press and Gold Medal awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Foothill Community News

LVTVStudents produce Foothill Community News, the Communications Department’s featured television news show and winner of several first place Society of Professional Journalists National Mark of Excellence Awards. Broadcast Journalism majors become proficient in news writing and reporting, as well as gain the technical skills needed for television and radio broadcasting.

La Verne Magazine

La Verne Magazine is a subscription-based city magazine published by university journalism students. The Society of Professional Journalists, Associated Collegiate Press and Columbia Scholastic Press Association have repeatedly honored it for its design, writing, and photography as one of the best collegiate magazines in the state. Regional libraries such as Honnold Library and the Los Angeles County public libraries recognize the magazine as a documentary publication that is cataloged in perpetuity in their journal archives.


Program Requirements

Broadcast Journalism Concentration: 57-60 semester hours
Journalism Concentration: 59-62 semester hours

Major Prerequisite

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 100 News Reporting 4

Core Requirements: 33-36 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 115 News Editing 2
JOUR 166 Introduction to Mass Media 4
TV 225 Beginning Video Production 2
JOUR 220 Newspaper Production 2
JOUR 305 Radio/TV Newswriting and Editing 4
JOUR 315 Syntax and Grammar for the Professional Writer 4
JOUR 460 Law and Mass Media 4
JOUR 467 Ethics of Mass Media — Printed and Electronic 4
JOUR 497 Internship 1-4
JOUR 499 Senior Seminar 4

Journalism Concentration: 26 semester hours

Code Course Title Units
JOUR 220 Newspaper Production – 2 semesters 2,2
JOUR 300 Advanced News Reporting 4
PHOTO 130 Documentary PHotography 4
JOUR 325 Magazine Production 2, 2
JOUR 317 Graphic Design for Publications 4

Choose 8 Units From the Following Electives

Code Course Title Units
RDIO 306 Radio News Production 2
JOUR 313 Feature Writing 2
JOUR 318 Survey of Multimedia 4
JOUR 320 Newspaper Production 2
PHOTO 327 Photo Staff for Publications 2
JOUR 365 History of Mass Media 4
JOUR 408 Special Topics 2-4