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Are you a natural storyteller? Take your talent and turn it into a career.

Unpack the future of news media with local pros!

The state of news media is confusing and always evolving—how can we keep with the times? Dive deep into the world of journalism and learn to think like a reporter in this 90-minute presentation.

Polsky Practical Personal Enrichment Series Presents: The State of the Media

Thu. Mar. 24 | 7 p.m. | Polsky Theatre

In a world where breaking news goes to Twitter first and homegrown reporting seems lost to time, local journalists Steve Kraske of KCUR and Dave Helling of The Kansas City Star will make sense of it all. Get an in-depth look at the past, present and future of professional newsgathering operations in the U.S. Consider the ethics of newsgathering as the process continues to evolve. Become an expert on both local and national media. A Q&A will follow

This event is free, but tickets are required for admittance. To reserve your seat, visit or call the JCCC Box Office at 913-469-4445. There will be no reserved parking for this event.

Journalism and Media Communications is all about finding and telling the story. Whether it’s reporting on breaking news, executing an advertising strategy or coordinating a social media campaign, it all comes down to crafting the perfect message. Our Journalism and Media Communications program will teach you how.

What Will I Learn in JCCC’s Journalism and Media Communications Courses?

Get hands-on learning in our Journalism and Media Communications courses. Understand how mass media shapes our society. Choose courses from news writing, advertising, video production, public relations, photojournalism and rotating timely topics like social media and podcasting.

Throughout our Journalism and Media Communications courses, you will learn how to:

  • Produce news and sports segments for television and radio
  • Create professional public relations campaigns
  • Write eye-catching and engaging advertising
  • Capture newsworthy events with photography and video
  • Work with real-world PR and social media clients
  • Learn how to write and report for print, broadcast and digital media
  • Critically engage in the ongoing debate about the media’s impact on truth, ethics and society

Hone your communication skills with classes in mass media, international media and promotional writing to become a sought-after master writer.

Why JCCC’s Journalism and Media Communications Courses?

At JCCC, all Journalism and Media Communications courses are taught by instructors who have extensive industry knowledge and experience, on both a local and international scale. You’ll learn from experts who will show you the ropes of the strategic communications industry. Smaller class sizes ensure you receive one-on-one time to ask questions and get to know your instructors.

Valuable, real-world experience

You will work in our student-run media studios. Gain experience using industry-standard cameras, recording soundboards, and film and photography editing equipment. You can also choose to work with real business clients, advising them on public relations, marketing communications and social media campaigns.

Local internship opportunities are available, or immerse yourself in more in-depth learning with faculty-directed independent study. 

Even as a freshman, at JCCC you can get supervised on-the-job training while earning college credit at the same time. Former students say this experience is priceless and pointed them toward a career path they never would have found otherwise!

Transfer Your Credits

The credits you earn in JCCC’s Journalism and Media Communications courses can be transferred to most four-year programs. JCCC works closely with nearby colleges and universities, such as the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, to ensure you will have a smooth transition.

Take advantage of our Transfer Services if you choose to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program in Journalism, Media, Communications Studies, Public Relations or Advertising.

Tools and resources at JCCC

As a JCCC student, you will have access to numerous tools and resources that will enhance your time with us. Academic Counseling, Financial Aid and Career Development are just a few examples of the resources available to you.

You can also join Clubs and Organizations to meet fellow JCCC students and get involved in our community.

Jana Corrie, JCCC graduate and co-anchor, KMBC-TV

“JCCC gave me direction and my career path.”

Studying Journalism and Media Communications offers many career opportunities. Industries including news media, corporate communications, digital marketing and strategic communications are constantly growing, evolving and looking to hire new talent.

Recent JCCC graduates are currently working in marketing management for Union Station KC, communications for ArtsKC, as television anchors and as radio personalities on local stations.

The U.S. Department of Labor compiles statistics on the careers involving journalism, media and strategic communications. You'll find information specifically related to careers in Kansas, including salary information and job prospects.

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

At JCCC, we know that money matters. This is why our team works hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here is what we offer to ensure money doesn’t get in the way of pursuing your education:

Scholarships are also available to our Journalism & Media Communications students. Email Gretchen Thum, Chair, for more information at