Communications (COMM)

COMM 100
Mass Media and Society
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4G; Citrus GE; CSUGE D7)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A survey and evaluation of mass media in economic, historical, political, psychological, and sociological terms. Focuses on helping the media consumer understand the power and significance of mass communications: books, newspapers, magazines, radio, television, motion pictures, the Internet, public relations, and advertising. Discusses the rights and responsibilities and interrelatedness of media in a diverse global society. Required for all communications and journalism majors; also a general interest course.


COMM 101
Reporting and Writing News
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introduction to defining, gathering, and writing the news. Stresses accuracy, objectivity, fairness, and balance. Practice in interviewing techniques, following rules of professional style, and writing basic news story structures for print, broadcast and online publications. Discussion of issues involving press rights and responsibilities, cultural sensitivity, taste, libel, and ethics. Required of all communication and journalism majors.


COMM 103
Freelance Journalism
1 Unit (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

This course is designed to accommodate students who wish to contribute to the campus newspaper, magazines and/or student publications websites but are unable to enroll in regular staff classes. Students who are interested in advertising, writing, photography, art, graphics and/or page design may participate in student publications to a limited extent through this class.


COMM 104
Public Relations
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A survey of public relations history, theories and practices with emphasis on applications to business, public agencies and institutions. A practical approach to using the media, creating publicity releases, organizing and executing campaigns. Explores job opportunities of particular interest to communications majors.


COMM 111
Introduction to Popular Culture
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

Overview, history and critical analysis of popular culture as a window for understanding American society Theories and methods of analyzing artifacts of popular culture will be explored. Overarching themes include history and social theories of popular culture; pop culture as a product of American multiculturalism; the relationship between a commodity culture and intellect/artistry; philosophical/ethical issues surrounding popular culture.


COMM 136
Cultural History of American Films
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; IGETC 3A; UC; CSUGE C1; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

In considering the history of American commercial motion pictures from their origins to the present, students will study film language, the social composition of audiences, the economics of the film industry, major themes and genres that have appeared in American films, and the relationship between politics and American motion pictures. Meets IGETC fine arts requirement.


COMM 200
Visual Communications
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; CSUGE C2; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

An introduction to the history and various uses of visual media. Analysis of visual media with an emphasis on its evolution as mass media and impact on society.


COMM 230
Desktop Publishing
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: COMM 101.

Computer instruction and practice. Analysis of story structures and effectiveness of written material, rewriting, correction of errors, proofreading, headline writing, news and picture evaluation, and page design. Hands-on experience working on student publications with the college newspaper and magazine staffs.


COMM 240A
Newspaper Production: Beginning Staff
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: COMM 101; ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

An introductory lecture/laboratory journalism course that produces the college newspaper, the Clarion, and its website. Beginning staff members learn facts-based story telling techniques and modern news production skills. In collaboration with other publications classes, beginning staffers write, photograph, illustrate, and edit news, features and opinions for publication for student media.


COMM 240B
Multimedia Newsroom: Intermediate Staff
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): COMM 240A.

Strongly recommended: COMM 101.

A lecture/laboratory journalism course that produces the college newspaper, the Clarion, and website. Working in teams, and in collaboration with the other student publications classes, intermediate reporters produce news and feature story packages that may include a main article, sidebars, photos, charts and graphs, and/or illustrations for publication.


COMM 240C
Multimedia Newsroom: Senior Staff
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): COMM 240A.

Strongly recommended: COMM 101 and COMM 240B.

Advanced level lecture/laboratory journalism course that produces the college newspaper, the Clarion, and website. Senior staffers learn and put into practice the "watchdog" function of journalism. Working in teams, and in collaboration with the other student publications classes, senior staffers produce in-depth, investigative and enterprise story packages that may include a main article, sidebars, photos, charts and graphs, and/or illustrations for publication.


COMM 240D
Multimedia Newsroom: Staff Leadership
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): COMM 240A.

Strongly recommended: COMM 101, COMM 240B, and COMM 240C.

Advanced level lecture/laboratory leadership training journalism course that produces the college newspaper, the Clarion, and website. Staff leaders serve as mentors, associate editors, and editor in chief to develop and guide less experienced students striving for journalism proficiency. Working in teams, and in collaboration with the other student publications classes, staff leaders produce story packages and special sections for publication as they advance toward professionalism.


COMM 245A
Editorial Board
2 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours
Equivalent to: COMM 245

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: COMM 101; ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A study of the major aspects of editorial responsibilities. The course provides practical instruction and experience for campus editors in writing, editing, and evaluating editorials in student media, as well as formulating editorial policy.


COMM 250
Multimedia Reporting
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: COMM 101; ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

This convergence journalism course incorporates print and broadcast techniques to produce multimedia pieces for the web. This includes multimedia storytelling incorporating writing, digital photography, shooting and editing video, and recording and editing sound.


COMM 280
Magazine Production Staff
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU)
36 lecture hours, 54 lab hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: COMM 101.

A lecture/laboratory course in which the organization, formula, format, and production methods of paper and/or digital magazines are studied and applied in the development of a college magazine. Activities include writing and editing stories, video and/or still photography, art, layout, and production as a paper-based or digital publication.