Journalism Department

The journalism program prepares students in the writing, reporting, and critical thinking skills required for jobs in the news media or for transfer to a journalism program at a four-year institution.  

Students in journalism will learn to utilize a variety of media and other sources to produce journalistic products that demonstrate:

  • good news judgment
  • appropriate sourcing
  • accuracy and completeness
  • technical competence
  • adherence to ethical, legal and style guidelines. 

Students going through the program will also learn about critical media literacy, as well as analyze how history, economics, politics, the law, and government regulation impact the climate for journalism, freedom of speech and the press in the United States. 

Possible career opportunities

The journalism program will prepare you for work in a variety of occupations and career paths, including:

  • Journalist/investigative reporter
  • Broadcaster/news anchor
  • Columnist/speech writer
  • Editor/publisher/author
  • Photo journalist/podcaster
  • Public information officer
  • Public relations/spokesperson
  • Copy editor/script writer
  • Advertising/freelance writer 

Some career options may require more than two years of college study. Please consult a college counselor for more guidance and information, and/or feel free to contact the journalism faculty or department chair.

Degrees offered by the Journalism Department

The associate in arts in journalism for transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major.

Course instruction

As a student of the journalism program, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of this dynamic field through studying the following topics:

  • JRNAL 110- Mass Media of Communications
  • JRNAL 120- Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting
  • JRNAL 125-128- News Production Lab (The Inquirer)
  • JRNAL 130- Multimedia Reporting

There are also many other courses across disciplines associated with the journalism program. You can learn more about course requirements in our college catalog and degrees and certificates pages for more information.  The Journalism Department  is housed in the Social Science Division and is recognized as a Career Education program at DVC. Learn more about Career Education.

DVC’s award-winning, student publications: 

For more information about our school newspaper,The Inquirer, read the current online issue!

Journalism organizations

Contact Journalism

Chair: Journalism Department 
Mickey Huff
Professor of Social Science, History, and Journalism
Telephone: 925-969-2500 
Office location: FO-255Campus map 
Faculty Advisor to The Inquirer  
Michael Levitin 
Assistant Professor of Journalism
Telephone: 925-969-2537