Program Overview

The Journalism Certificate program at Western Wyoming Community College intends to give students the skills needed for entry level positions in journalism or to advance in certain areas within journalism. Students should learn the fundamental skills of news reporting and writing as well as the history of journalism and the ethics involved. Those who wish to pursue careers as news or public relations professions may also learn about media literacy concepts.

The program includes four core courses plus an additional elective course. The core courses include topics on English composition, mass media, reporting, and public relations. Students will learn about and develop vital writing skills including the stages of writing, as well as study the fundamentals of writing a news story. They will also study the impact of mass media such as newspapers, magazines, radio, and television, and the role of public relations in journalism. Elective courses include focused topics on technical writing, persuasion, various forms of communication; these courses are recommended as tools that enhance the journalist profession.

Certificate programs may be ideal for students who wish to focus on one area specific to their job interests, whether they relate to a current or future career. As these programs focus on one area, they typically require less credit hours than other degree programs and thus can be earned in less time. Students with certificates in journalism may pursue entry-level opportunities in various mediums such as in newspaper or television. Although certificates are not meant to be transfer programs, students may sometimes continue their education in a related field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    School Overview

    Western Wyoming Community College is a public, tax-supported, two-year, co-educational institution. Western Wyoming Community College, the fifth of seven community colleges in Wyoming, was established in the fall of 1959. Through the efforts of a citizens’ committee, a campaign was begun, an election was held, and the college and the original district were created. The mission of Wyoming's community colleges is "to provide access to post-secondary educational opportunities by offering broad comprehensive programs in academic as well as vocational-technical subjects." Wyoming's community colleges are low-tuition, open access institutions focusing on academic transfer programs, career and occupational programs, developmental and basic skills instruction, adult and continuing education, economic development training, public and community services programming and student support services. WWCC offers associate's degrees and certificates, many of which can be earned online.


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