Journalism Certificate of Achievement (Certificate of Achievement, 2020-2021)

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Certificate of Achievement

Program Description


Provides students with skills and knowledge in journalism, including news writing, feature writing, media writing, editing, layout, graphic design, business, marketing, print publishing, online publishing, video and audio production, and broadcast journalism. Students will have the opportunity to get hands on knowledge with newspaper production by contributing to and working on the campus newspaper in both print and online formats.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate professional standards in journalism.
  2. Assess ethical standards in journalism.
  3. Demonstrate standard journalism news writing skills, including researching, gathering, reporting, and editing.
  4. Demonstrate telecommunications media skills in news writing, audio and video editing, and broadcast journalism.
  5. Demonstrate creative problem-solving strategies in news production.
  6. Demonstrate multimedia approaches to news production.
  7. Collaborate with team members in the production of the campus newspaper in both print and online formats.
  8. Assess the role of advertising in news production.
  9. Demonstrate business, marketing, and design skills in the production of the campus newspaper.
Career Opportunities
  • Advertising
  • Author
  • Business Administration
  • Business & Technical Writing
  • Broadcast News
  • Civil Service
  • Communications
  • Correspondent
  • Criminal Justice
  • Editor
  • Freelance Journalist
  • Graphic Design
  • Marketing
  • Media Writer
  • Pre-Law
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • Reporter
  • Teacher
  • Telecommunications

Occupational Exposure/Risk

Reporters, correspondents, and broadcast news analysts are expected to face strong competition for jobs, because of both the number of workers who are interested in entering the field and the projected employment declines of both occupations. Those with experience in the field - experience often gained through internships or by working for school newspapers, television stations, or radio stations - should have the best job prospects. Multimedia journalism experience, including shooting and editing pieces, should also improve job prospects. Because stations are increasingly publishing content on multiple media platforms, particularly on the web, employers may prefer applicants who have experience in website design and coding. In addition, opportunities will likely be better in small local newspapers or television and radio stations. Competition will be particularly strong in large metropolitan areas, at national newspapers with higher circulation figures, and at network television stations.

Program Requirements

Minimum Total Credit Hours
Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Fall 2018 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.