Journalism

Associate of Arts Oregon Transfer Degree

Students interested in journalism as a career or serious supplementary endeavor should consider a bachelor’s degree. The AAOT (Associate of Arts, Oregon Transfer) will best prepare students with those goals.

Journalism is the production of media content through multiple stages including writing, editing, photography, video, graphic design, and broadcasting on multiple, convergent media platforms. Umpqua Community College students have the opportunity to engage in each of those stages through our courses and labs. Today’s journalism is about much more than just writing!

Since every successful business utilizes media communication in some format, journalists are uniquely prepared for modern workplaces. Our students develop professional writing and publication skills in fun, interactive, media rich classrooms which emphasize the whole communication experience.  UCC also provides opportunities for students to work on award-winning print, video and website publications.

Journalism courses at Umpqua Community College are offered in the Arts and Communication division as part of the Communication Studies transfer program. Students may choose one of three options:

  • Communication Studies: Journalism
  • Communication Studies: Public Relations or
  • Communication Studies: Speech Communications.

Ready to get started?

It's easy and only requires TWO steps.

Step 1

Fill out our request info form. This will alert us that you are interested in Communication Studies programs.

Step 2

If you are new to UCC (you've never taken a class), apply to UCC. Otherwise, you are done for now. You will be contacted about the next steps.

Apply

Student Newspaper

Discovering UCCTo see the award-winning Umpqua Community College newspaper, produced by students in J215, please visit mainstreamonline.org – you can also like our Facebook page Umpqua Community College Mainstream newspaper. If you’re interested in placing an ad, please contact Melinda Benton.

Right: Watch a featured video produced by Mainstream students that was created to convey the idea of 'Discovering UCC'.

Read more about our Student Newspaper

Transfer Guide

The AAOT guide in the UCC Catalog helps you plan the general education foundation you’ll need in order to transfer. Work with both a UCC counselor in the Advising and Career Center as well as a counselor from the university you plan to transfer to as all Oregon universities are somewhat unique in their requirements.

Production Day

We strongly advise taking UCC’s four specific J classes before you transfer:

  • J251 Writing for the Media (fall term),
  • J211 Introduction to Mass Communications (spring term),
  • J205 Public Relations (spring term) and
  • J215 Journalism Production (fall, winter, spring).

These J courses help prepare media students for the competitive process of being accepted to a Communications, Media or Journalism school (acceptance into an Oregon university is only one step in the process; media students must also later apply and compete for entrance into a Journalism, Communications, or Media school within that university).

Students with community college journalism courses are at a competitive advantage because they have both a college-level portfolio as well as key foundational knowledge. We especially recommend J215, Journalism Production which combines instruction in all media platforms.

The following Journalism-related majors are offered at Oregon universities.

University of Oregon Oregon State University Southern Oregon University
  • Journalism (BA, BS)
  • Journalism: advertising (BA, BS)
  • Journalism: media studies (BA, BS)
  • Journalism: public relations (BA, BS)
  • New Media Communications: Digital Communication Arts   
  • Emerging Media & Digital Arts: Film, Television and Convergent Media (BA, BS)
  • Communication Studies (BA, BS)  
Eastern Oregon University Portland State University Western Oregon University
  • Media Arts and Communication   
  • Communication (BA, BS)   
  • Communication Studies (BA, BS)

 

Contact

Melinda Benton - Contact
Associate Professor, Communication
Phone: 541-440-4645

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