Journalism and mass communications span many career fields and interests. Students taking mass media classes often combine majors or minors in other fields to expand their career possibilities. Students are encouraged to take a broad base of general liberal arts courses that blend with the fundamental technical courses of media writing, editing, photography, broadcasting, and desktop publishing.
LCCC’s mass media curriculum leads to an Associate of Arts degree and provides the basic requirements for a variety of specialized areas offered at four-year institutions. Students are encouraged to experiment in both print and broadcast journalism. Print journalism provides a strong background in reporting and newswriting, desktop publishing, and photography using the latest equipment. The campus newspaper, Wingspan
, and literary-arts magazine, High Plains Register
, are produced entirely on campus by students, using their own fully equipped desktop publishing computer lab. Photographers enjoy the use of a film-processing darkroom and print lab. For additional experience, college cooperative work experience credit is offered for internships with local media outlets, advertising/public relations firms, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies.
Nonmajors can benefit from journalism classes, especially Introduction to Mass Media, Photography, Desktop Publishing, and Publications Production.
Because of the numerous directions students can take in the field of mass communications, they are urged to work closely with their adviser in outlining a course of study that will meet their needs in obtaining a job or in transferring to a four-year institution.