Journalism, Media and Professional Writing @NCC

Are you naturally curious? Do you like to know what makes someone tick? If your inquisitive mind doesn't allow you to let go until you get to the bottom of someone's story, you might enjoy a career in journalism!

With electronics and technology dominating communications, students in Journalism, Media and Professional Writing don't go to college looking for careers in just print media. The program at NCC focuses on newspaper, magazine, television, radio, and the Web, as well as photography, multimedia production and business communications. These are the skills that editors and executives want for the 21st century.

As a student in this major, you will become critically aware of the diverse functions of the media - entertainment, information, propaganda, ideology - and how they affect society and culture. Students in this major's journalism track are required to participate in the college newspaper, The Commuter. Opportunities arise during the semester to engage in discussions with reporters and bloggers both inside and outside the news media. These events, usually held in a community room open to everyone, are sponsored by the Journalism, Media and Professional Writing program or The Commuter.

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Careers in Journalism, Media and Professional Writing

Many types of professional communicators exist, from the local beat newspaper reporter to the corporate communications specialist, the magazine feature writer to the college relations officer -- and beyond. It is difficult to pin down the daily routine of an average professional writer. All gather information and review data to collect and report information and its implications. In this digital age, many writing professionals are finding work in online content both in journalism and the business sector.

About NCC's 2-Year Journalism Degree

An NCC associate degree in journalism gives you the background knowledge to pursue entry-level work or to further your studies as a journalist. The program is open to high school graduates with strong writing skills and an avid interest in current events.

Two program concentrations are available at NCC: journalism and business writing.Northampton's journalism concentration teaches you the basics of writing for print and online media, with an emphasis on researching and developing content. You will also learn to write engaging articles consistent with AP style guidelines, while understanding your ethical and legal responsibilities as a journalist.

The business writing concentration focuses on the application of journalism skills in a corporate public relations setting and other business communications.

Why Study Journalism at NCC?

Now more than ever, people expect 24-hour news coverage at their fingertips. At NCC, you'll develop highly professional skills to write informative content in a timely manner. Not only will you learn about traditional media, but you'll learn how to create online content as technology evolves.

At NCC, the journalism and business writing concentrations take two years to complete. We offer an intimate academic environment with a low student-to-instructor ratio, allowing you to build personal relationships with your professors.

If you're thinking about pursuing a four-year undergraduate degree in journalism, you have the freedom to transfer to one of NCC's agreement institutions. However, you also have the ability to pursue an entry-level position in journalism post-graduation.

NCC's Career Services office can connect you to internships and other opportunities at local newspapers, PR firms and organizations during your journalism career at Northampton.Contact us to learn more about why we're the best journalism community college in PA.

Journalism, Media and Professional Writing Career Paths

  • Journalism
  • Corporate Communications
  • College Information
  • Public Relations
  • Media Relations
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Degrees We Offer

  • Associate in Arts | 2 years
  • This program can be taken partially online
  • This entire program can be completed at our Bethlehem Campus
Program Details view official course information in our 18-19 college catalog

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Program Map View Business Writing Suggested Semester Map (PDF)

"All of my professors have been excellent. I am thankful for NCC." -Tracey Yatsko ’14, NCC , Junior Reporter on Fox29 Good Day, NCC communications studies grad

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