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Journalism is the activity of gathering, assessing, creating, and presenting news and information. It is also the product of these activities. Journalism can be distinguished from other activities and products by certain identifiable characteristics and practices.

Career Options

Career options​ for students who get a degree in journalism include: editor, broadcast journalist, foreign correspondent, announcer, writer, newspaper reporter, blogger, and social media manager.

​​Student Voice

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Miami Abdulal Miami Abdulal

Miami Abdulal graduated from Norco College in 2016 with high honors and pursued her degree in Journalism with an emphasis on Media Studies. In March 2019, Miami started working at ABC7 Eyewitness News as a news assistant. She hopes to shed some light on the truth about the Syrian crisis. “Moving from Syria to the United States of America in the aftermath of Civil War between the government and Syrian citizens was the hardest thing for me,” said Abdulal. “Losing relatives and friends in the war was the hardest thing that I had to suffer. Those incidents made me skeptical about everything to the point where I refused to further my education when everyone around me was becoming a doctor or attorney.”

Navigating was the hardest part for her because she was uncomfortable with her surroundings. After completing two consecutive semesters at Norco College, Abdulal started getting involved in campus activities. She made friends who encouraged her to be the best and introduced her to campus programs. “My friends told me about the Extended Opportunity Program (EOPS) and how much it helped students. I applied and was accepted. I cried because things were finally working out for me. EOPS and Norco College have helped shape who I am right now. Graduating from Norco College with high honors and transferring to a prestigious four-year institution was never something I pictured myself doing. It would not be possible if it wasn’t for the assistance I received from Norco College and EOPS.”

To read more of Miami's story, click here​.

Academic Programs in Journalism

The academic maps below will give you an idea of the classes you need to take. However, please meet with a counselor to personalize your education plan.

​School Trailhead for Arts & Humanities
Suggested Initial Coursework​​
Associate of Arts (AA) Degree - Area of Emphasis (AOE)
in Communication, Media and Languages​ - CSU Pathway


Additional Resources

​​What can I do with this major? (Journalism)
​​​​​Riverside Community College District General Education (RCCD GE) Requirements (PLAN A)​​​​
​​​California State University General Education (CSU GE) Requirements (PLAN B)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in the California State University (CSU) system
​​​​​Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) Requirements (PLAN C)
For students who would like to transfer to a campus in either the California State University (CSU) or University of California (UC) system

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