Students focusing in this area could be preparing themselves for a number of related majors at the four-year college/university level. Students could earn a baccalaureate degree in mass communications, journalism, broadcast journalism or public relations. The curriculum of this area stresses basic written communication competency as well as adherence to print and broadcast writing styles. In addition, the curriculum focuses on current media industry practices and media history. Students who take the courses recommended in the mass media/journalism focus area will:
- know the general history of media as well as the function of contemporary media.
- be able to write news material competently.
- know print and broadcast writing and editing styles.
- know general communication law.
Mass media/journalism is a vast and varied field. Employment opportunities exist in newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet, as well as public relations and technical writing within private business. Both writing and editing jobs exist within the professions mentioned above. A career in mass media/journalism would likely require someone to travel, to meet the general public regularly and to cover many subject matters for story material.
Preparation for IHCC:
Students interested in this area should have sound writing skills. Four years of study in journalism, mass communication and/or English is highly recommended. Students should have knowledge of varied topics, including science, sociology, psychology, ecology, history, literature/philosophy/art and business/economics.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with the requirements of the mass media/journalism program at the institution to which they plan to transfer and work with an IHCC academic counselor to plan a program that meets those requirements.