Certificate in Digital Journalism

The Journalism: Digital Certificate of Achievement provides students with an introduction to and skills in digital journalism and provides hands-on preparation for entry-level work in web journalism and/or an overlay of digital skills for recent journalism graduates and seasoned print journalists.

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Develop, create, report, research and produce technically well-executed news and feature stories for the web and/or broadcast news using combinations of text, images, audio, video and social media.
  2. Use new website, audio and video software systems to produce multimedia stories.
  3. Write news and feature stories on print and web deadlines using foundational journalism skills such as developing story ideas, conducting research, interviewing sources, and applying proper grammar and Associated Press Style.
  4. Exercise news judgment and apply knowledge of online journalism ethical, legal and content issues to real-life situations.
  5. Analyze and evaluate multimedia stories for content, aesthetics and technical quality.

The requirements for the Journalism: Digital program are:

  • Complete 25 units from
    • Journalism: Digital Core Requirements
    • Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement


Journalism: Digital Core Requirements - complete 17.00 units
Course Description Units
JOUR 1/1L  Introduction to Journalism 3.30
JOUR 2/2L News Gathering and News Writing 3.50
JOUR 52A  Newspaper Practice 1 3.00
JOUR 5 Digital Storytelling 4.00
JOUR 56                  Editing for NewsMedia                                                                                                 3.00                                
Journalism: Digital Elective Requirement - complete 9.00 units
Course Description Units
Complete any combination totaling at least 8.00 units from the following:
ENGL 4A Beginning Creative Writing 3.00
JOUR 52B Newspaper Practice 2 5.00
JOUR 52C Newspaper Practice 3 5.00
JOUR 59  Photojournalism 3.00
CS 57.11  Social Media, the Internet and Society 3.00
CS 74.11  Introduction to Digital Media 3.00
CS 74.22  Digital Video Post-Production 3.00
CS 76.11  Drone Piloting and Imaging 3.00
MEDIA 18  Audio for Film Production 3.00
MEDIA 19  Multi-Camera Studio Production 4.00
MEDIA 20 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking 4.00