Journalism

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Program Overview

The program prepares students for careers in the media, including print, online, and broadcast journalism, as well as opens doors to journalism-related fields such as public relations and advertising. It allows students to enter the field of work upon completion of the associate's degree, as a number of WNCC graduates have, or to transfer to a four-year school to complete a bachelor's degree, with a solid background. The program is offered at our Scottsbluff Campus as well as online.

Western Nebraska's journalism program is hands-on and gets journalism students started reporting, writing, and taking photos from the first day. Since the instructor has experience in the field as a reporter and an editor, and freelances in addition to his teaching duties, the class is structured very much like a newsroom.

The journalism program includes courses in news writing and reporting, feature writing, and editing and design. Students write, edit, lay-out (using the latest industry-standard software) and take digital photographs for the college's award-winning student newspaper, The Spectator. Students may also have the opportunity to intern at the local newspaper or TV studio. Students leave the program with the know-how and experience to succeed in the next step of their educational careers, or to make the jump into the work world.

Degrees & Certificates

Associate of Arts in Journalism

Career Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that in 2012, the median pay for those holding at least a bachelor's degree in journalism was $37,090 per year. Jobs for Reporters, Correspondents, and Broadcast News Analysts for the decade 2012-2022 are projected to decline by 13%. (bls.gov/ooh/media-andcommunication/ reporters-correspondents-and-broadcast-news-analysts.htm)

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