Journalism & Media Communication

Program Overview

The Journalism & Media Communication program teaches students the skills to report, write, edit, design and produce for the field of communications. The program explores how these communications skills can translate to use in fields of media communications, including public relations, journalism, corporate or nonprofit communication and marketing. Students have the opportunity to work for a multi-channel newsgathering organization with an emphasis on the importance of a free and responsible press. Students will learn the value of media literacy, and why it is especially important in this era of fake news and divisive politics. Ethics, accuracy and the power of the media are key topics in our program. Students can take complementary courses in communication studies, graphic design, web design and photography to round out their preparation for the field of media communication and journalism.

The Clipper

The Clipper, our student-run news organization, is the centerpiece of the program. Students are encouraged to take multiple quarters of The Clipper class as part of their preparation for the communication industry and transferring to a four-year institution. The Clipper offers a hands-on, real-life journalism experience in which the student journalists report, write, edit, design and produce content. They learn to deliver this content through a multi-channel distribution system, including print, web and social media. Media communication is in a state of change, with news and content being dispersed faster than ever. Students will learn how to quickly and accurately communicate information, while maintaining a high ethical standard.

Web: EverettClipper.com | Facebook: EverettClipper | Twitter: @EverettClipper | Instagram: EverettClipper

Program Outcomes

Students successfully completing an associate degree with an emphasis in journalism and media communication at EvCC will be able to: 

  • Apply critical thinking skills to the production of a variety of journalism and media-communication projects.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the function of journalism in society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the similarities and differences between journalism and media communications, including the importance of audience and accuracy to both.
  • Articulate and apply the principles of media literacy, both as a producer and consumer of mass-media content.
  • Use the vocabulary of journalism and media communication.

Our Partnership with WSU Everett 

Everett Community College students have the convenient opportunity to complete their associate degree with an emphasis in Journalism & Media Communication, then transfer to Washington State University Everett, which is located just across Broadway. At WSU Everett, students can pursue a bachelor’s degree  in Integrated Strategic Communication. As part of a direct transfer degree, five classes from EvCC  transfer directly to major-level work at WSU. As of 2017, 36% of students in the ISC program at WSU have transferred from EvCC. Students enter the program prepared for the classes that they will enrolled in, and ready to be a student at a four-year university.

Students graduating from the Journalism & Media Communication program also pursue similar bachelor’s degrees at the University of WashingtonUW BothellWestern Washington UniversityWSU Pullman and more.

Would you like to get more info on the Journalism & Media Communication program?

Feel free to reach out to the program coordinator, Samantha Chapman at schapman@everettcc.edu