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Why study Journalism?

Journalists witness and record our lives and history. In the current technological era, learning how to write and develop an expertise in a cognate area, such as business, science, law, the performing arts, literature, sports, news, and the social or behavioral sciences areas is invaluable to the industry. Journalism has changed in the past decade, and offers a wider range of job opportunities. The Journalism Program is led by the English Department in the Division of Mathematics and English.

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Journalism at PPCC

Journalism studies at PPCC focus on the study of mass media, reporting, and feature writing, publication design, and editing. Students will:

● Learn about the multiple facets of mass communication from the internet to the printed page

● Learn to interview, research and write feature, newspaper and magazine articles, headlines, news releases, and advertisements

● Use the courses to update their skills in the digital age of news, Social Media, and web content



PPCC has a student run journal called Parley.
Each year students publish printed and online stories and essays through this publication.

Contact Sarah McMahon via phone at 719-502-3037, email her for more information about Parley, or submit your works below:

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Example Classes I Might Take

Places the mass media in an historical and cultural perspective, considering the validity, integrity, and influence of the media in a democracy.
Introduces newswriting, reporting, and interviewing with an emphasis on clarity, accuracy, completeness, timeliness, and fairness.
Presents how to gather information as an investigative reporter through research of local, state, and federal government publications, how to cover police beat and city hall, how our courts and regulatory agencies function, and how to cover other challenges such as the environment, religion, science, medical, public safety, and business.
Provides for students’ participation in the planning, writing, design, and production processes of a non-newspaper publication.
Provides a structured, guided, and individualized research that is organized and tailored around the interests and needs of the individual student who may use journalism skills and experiences acquired during previous coursework.
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Contact Journalism

Call or email Sarah McMahon for more information about the Journalism program, transfer information, or to schedule an appointment.

Phone: 719-502-3037

Email Sarah McMahon

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The Paper

Wish to get some Journalism experience under your belt?  While in JOU 105, or after you take JOU 105, you can take JOU 106 and become a staff member for The Paper.

Have a PPCC event coming up that could use a little extra publicity? Visit the submissions area of The Paper website.

Contact Jenna Benson or Deidre Schoolcraft via phone or email for more information.

Jenna Benson Phone:  719-502-3129
Deidre Schoolcraft Phone:  719-502-3064

Email Jenna Benson Email Deidre Schoolcraft

What are graduates doing now?

PPCC English alumni are working as teachers, writers, technical writers, journalists, editors, and also have careers in publishing and business. Students who have studied English at PPCC have gone on to complete Bachelor's, Master's, and Master of Fine Arts degrees. 

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PPCC Graduate, Teacher


"What I enjoyed most about PPCC is that the instructors genuinely care about their students. I originally enrolled at PPCC with the hopes of pursuing a business degree; however, after the guidance and encouragement from the English department, I switched my focus to English. The faculty is amazing and very passionate about what they teach."

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