Journalism has its roots in a time before writing. Storytellers were once the news broadcasters of the day, and they published their work in spoken words, gestures or drawings on stone.The birth of modern journalism began around 1400 A.D. in Italy and Germany. Hand-written newsletters recording current events were passed between business people of the day.

The first modern newspaper took two hundred more years to arrive on the scene. It was printed in Strasbourg, Germany, around 1600, and it had the rather confident title, “Collection of all distinguished and memorable news.”

And while we don’t claim to provide you with ALL distinguished and memorable news, at Texarkana College, we can give you a broad field of journalistic knowledge.

We give you the opportunity to learn real-world skills to launch your career in journalism. From the fundamentals of print and layout to research and writing skills to professional conduct and responsibility, we build your skills from the ground up.

We also give you practical, hands-on experience and a chance to build your portfolio by working with an award winning publication, the Texarkana College News.

TC also partners with the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and the Texas Community College Journalism Association. We give you new opportunities for learning, competition, and understanding of the evolving world of journalism in the face of media convergence.

From background to skills to publication, TC can take your talent for journalism and help you write a bright new chapter in your life.

A background in journalism could lead to many advanced fields of study or careers in areas such as:

  • Advertising Media, Promotions, Marketing, and Sales
  • Broadcast News
  • Freelance Writing / Journalism / Copywriting
  • Investigative / News Correspondent Reporting
  • Magazine Writing and Editing
  • New Media and Digital News Publishing
  • Newspaper Reporting, Editing and Management
  • Newspaper and Magazine Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Social and Digital Media Marketing

To learn more, please contact us.

Laronda Bailey
Associate Professor, English & Journalism
(903) 823-3368
email
Mary Ellen Young
Dean of Liberal & Performing Arts
(903) 823-3369
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Associate of Arts – Concentration in Journalism

First Semester

Hours
Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics, no lab (core) 3
COMM 1129 Newspaper Publications Lab I 1
COMM 2311 News Gathering & Writing I 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I (core) 3
HIST 1301 U.S. History I (core) 3
MATH (any core course) 3
Total 16

Second Semester

Hours
Biology/Geology/Chemistry/Physics, no lab (core) 3
COMM 1130 Newspaper Publications Lab II 1
COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communications (core) 3
COMM 2315 News Gathering & Writing II 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II or ENGL 2311 Technical & Business Writing (core) 3
HIST 1302 U.S. History II (core) 3
Total 16

Third Semester

Hours
Creative Arts (any core course) 3
COMM 2129 Newspaper Publications Lab III 1
COMM 2305 Editing and Layout or COMM 2309 News Editing and Copy Reading I 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture (any core course) 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (core) 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Speaking (core) 3
Total 16

Fourth Semester

Hours
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications (core) 3
COMM 2305 Editing and Layout or COMM 1316 News Photography I 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
Social & Behavioral Science (any core course) 3
Total 12

Total Hours: 60 SCH

#DRAM 2366 is a preferred elective for journalism students.

Journalism Course Descriptions

Core Courses

A number of courses required for this degree can be found in the Academic Core.

COMM 1129, 1130, 2129, 2130 Newspaper Publications Lab

Students are required to work on the staff of the TC News under faculty supervision. This course includes practice and instruction in journalism reporting and writing, newspaper design and pagination, and advertising sales.

COMM 1307 Introduction to Mass Communication

This course is a lecture class on the history of the world’s communications, beginning with cavemen drawings on cave walls and continuing through the invention of the Internet. Also covered are the histories of newspapers, magazines, recordings, radio, television, movies, and the Internet. Students are not members of the TC News staff.

COMM 1316 News Photography I

An introductory course in photojournalism. The course teaches use of digital cameras, accessories and photographic techniques used by photojournalists. Students must provide their own digital camera and photo-printing paper. Students serve as photographers for the TC News. Prerequisite: COMM 2311 or concurrent enrollment in COMM 2311 or consent of instructor.

COMM 1317 News Photography II

Continuation of COMM 1316 with emphasis on more advanced photographic techniques and computer software used by photojournalists. Students must provide their own digital camera and photo-printing paper. Students serve as photographers for the TC News. Prerequisite: COMM 1316 & 2311.

COMM 2305 Editing and Layout

Included in this course, via both lecture and actual practice, are the basics of copy editing for accuracy and fairness. Also included are the basics of page design and construction. Students will serve as members of the TC News page-building crew. Publications lab required for all students. Prerequisite: COMM 2311 or consent of instructor.

COMM 2309 News Editing and Copy Reading I

Editing copy for errors of fact and interpretation. Includes newspaper style, headline writing, proofreading and page makeup. Students will serve as members of the TC News staff. Publications lab required for all students. Prerequisite: COMM 2311.

COMM 2311 News Gathering & Writing I

This entry level journalism course is a study of the gathering and reporting of news. The whole range of the reporter’s work is covered by lecture and actual practice with the students working as reporters for the TC News. News writing and feature writing are stressed. This course is a prerequisite for COMM 1316, 2305, 2309, 2315.

COMM 2315 News Gathering & Writing II

A continuation of COMM 2311, this course includes a comprehensive study of interviewing, writing and reporting the news and headline writing. Emphasis is on more complex stories and more specialized types of reporting and writing. Students serve on the editorial staff of the TC News. Publications lab required for all students. Prerequisite: COMM 2311.

COMM 2366 Introduction to Film

Emphasis on the analysis of the visual and aural aspects of selected motion pictures, dramatic aspects of narrative films, and historical growth and sociological effect of film as an art. (Cross-listed as DRAM 2366).