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Nadine Arroyo Rodriguez

Residential Faculty


Office: EF 2 - Room: 121-C

This program is part of the English Department.


Picture yourself breaking a story about a corrupt public official to a national TV audience. Or filing your weekly report from spring training. Imagine choosing which photo to run with tomorrow’s top story.

Experience hands-on learning in classroom computer labs and as a working staff member for the Mesa Legend, MCC’s campus newspaper.

Journalism is the timely reporting of news and events at the local, national, and international levels. Journalists gather information through interviews and research and craft fair and balanced stories for publication, broadcast, or online. They perform a vital function in free societies; the journalist’s first obligation is to the truth, their first loyalty is to the citizens.

The Journalism program at MCC offers classes that will start you on the path to a career as a journalist and give you what you need to transfer to a four-year university.

Career Profile

Quick Stats

Example Titles
Photo Journalist
Investigative Reporter
News Analyst
Press Secretary
Types of Employers
TV Stations
Radio Stations
Online Magazines/Blogs
Public Relations Firms

Typically, traditional journalists write for the press, but they may also work in magazines, radio, television, or online. Journalists may be expected to have some experience with photography, copyediting, and writing in a voice that grabs the reader's attention.

Professionals with a background in journalism are also well suited to a career in public relations, working for PR firms, market research corporations, volunteer organizations, and political campaigns. Work in this field may also extend into event planning and speaking with the community.


Investigate and research
Write stories about newsworthy information
May select and edit photographs
Proof and edit written copy

Available Associate Degrees

A list of available degrees and certificates offered in the Journalism program
Degree / Certificate Type Title Courses
Associate in Applied Science AAS Journalism Course Sequence
Associate in Applied Science AAS Public Relations Course Sequence

Transfer to a University

A list of available transfer options for the Journalism program
At MCC, get an... Transfer to... To get a...
Associate in Applied Science Arizona State University Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communications

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Before signing up for classes, you’ll want to meet with an academic advisor. Together, you’ll lay out an academic plan that suits you best. This step is essential to your academic success.

Advising for the Journalism program is available through the English department. They will help you determine the exact courses you need to get the education you’re looking for.