Journalism Degrees From Oklahoma City Community College
Build a network with top professionals in the media industry while earning your associate degree in journalism.
If you want to become a good writer and storyteller with the ability to work for a newspaper or magazine or maybe even become the next best-selling author, an associate degree in arts in journalism is the right choice for you.
At Oklahoma City Community College, you’ll focus on the study of writing news for the print and broadcast media and learn how to interview insightfully, write accurately and edit for clarity.
You’ll take courses in journalism, photography, broadcasting and advertising in order to fully appreciate all the aspects involved in this industry. With this well-rounded foundation, you won’t just be job-ready; you’ll be sought after.
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Whether in print or on the air, news reporters and analysts gather and organize information and print and broadcast stories that inform the public about local, state, national and international events as well as the actions of public officials and others in positions of power.
They are also at times called upon to present points of view on current issues.
At OCCC, our journalism professors take you out into the field to cover court trials and to tour news outlets. You also have the opportunity to build a portfolio of published work by writing for the OCCC award-winning student newspaper, The Pioneer. In fact, you can work toward a staff position as a writer, editor, photographer, or advertising representative while you’re earning your degree. Imagine going out into the workforce with real-life journalism experience already on your resume!
In the classroom, you’ll hear from special guest speakers who are working in the Oklahoma media market, and you’ll have the opportunity to network and connect with professionals in news, broadcasting, public relations and advertising before ever beginning your job search.
Journalism Degrees at Oklahoma City Community College
An associate degree in arts in journalism from OCCC will transfer easily the four-year college or university of your choice, which is recommended in order to compete in job market.
Journalism Classes at Oklahoma City Community College
Our highly experienced faculty know the importance and value of a hands-on education. That’s why, when you enroll in journalism classes at OCCC, you will not just be writing for class assignments but for submission to the award-winning OCCC student newspaper, The Pioneer.
Here are some of the subjects you will study when you pursue an associate degree in journalism at OCCC:
- News Writing
- Magazine Feature Writing
- Video Production
- Introduction to Mass Communication
- Audio Production
- Principles of Public Relations
Professor of Mass Media Communications
M.A., University of Oklahoma B.A., University of Oklahoma
Professor of Journalism and English
Sue Brewster Hinton has taught journalism at Oklahoma City Community College since 1977 and has been the faculty adviser of the award-winning student newspaper since 1978. She has mentored hundreds of journalism students, who remember her classes for the news stories they wrote about murder trials and public meetings. She was the first recipient of OCCC’s President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1991 and was named Outstanding Journalism Educator in 1994 by Women in Communications Inc. She was named to the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame in 2009. She began her teaching career as an English professor at OCCC in 1972, when the college opened its doors. She has worked for The Oklahoman, the Norman Transcript and the Lawton (Okla.) Morning Press. Her bachelor’s and master’s degrees are both in English from the University of Oklahoma. She was born in 1949 in Elk City and grew up in nearby Hammon, Oklahoma.
Competition remains fierce for jobs at large metropolitan and national newspapers, broadcast stations, and magazines. For many graduates, smaller publications and broadcast stations and online newspapers and magazines will provide the best opportunities.
With the academic background and skills foundation you will gain in OCCC’s journalism program, you can look forward to a great career as a:
- News commentator
- Advertising executive
- Public relations practitioner
Visit OCCC’s online course catalog for full details on your journalism degree. You can also check the current community college class schedule for evening and online classes available in this academic program.