The communications profession, especially journalism, has changed dramatically with the advent of the internet and social media.

Many journalists have left the newsroom to start their own ventures in public relations, marketing, advertising and other related fields. Unfortunately, many of them face immense challenges because of their lack of knowledge in these digital worlds. Similarly, marketing and public relations graduates experience the same kinds of challenges as they strive to incorporate the informal world of the internet into formal business communications.

Career Opportunities

This comprehensive certificate program covers all these areas – journalism, public relations, marketing and advertising. It may help entrepreneurs launch their career goals, serve as an excellent spring board for students seeking a journalism or communications degree, or help working professionals transition their skill set.

LCCC journalism students get great jobs. They are hired by:

  • Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria        
  • The Morning Journal, Lorain
  • WEWS-Channel 5 TV station, and
  • The Oberlin News, Oberlin.  

LCCC Student Achievements in Journalism

LCCC students have excelled in several local and national contests:

  • The Society of Professional Journalists-Ohio (2019)
    Best Student Newspaper –  second place – behind Kent Stater.
  • The Press Club of Cleveland (2019)
    Nine awards — News (First and second), Features (First, second and third), Sports (First, second and third) and Online reporting (First)
  • The Press Club of Cleveland (2018)
    Six awards – News (first and second), Feature (first and second), Online reporting (second), Sports (second).
  • The Press Club of Cleveland (2017)
    Nine awards — News (First and third), Features (First, second and third), Sports (first and second) and Online reporting (first and second)
  • The Society of Professional Journalists-Ohio (2017)
    One honor (Best Student Newspaper – non-daily – second place. The first place went to The Ohio State University)
  • The Press Club of Cleveland (2016)
    Five awards — News, features, sports and online reporting. 
  • The Society of Professional Journalists-Ohio (2016)
    One honor, Feature

Journalism alums in the news media

  • Valerie Morris – Copy editor, The Hill, Washington, D.C.
  • Karl Schneider – Environment reporter, Naples Daily News, Naples, Florida
  • Drew Scofield — Web content producer, Channel-5
  • Scott Mahoney — Reporter, The Chronicle-Telegram
  • Keith Reynolds — Reporter, The Morning Journal
  • Kirsten Hohman —Reporter, The Daily Record in Wooster
  • Logan Mencke — Part-time copy editor, The Chronicle-Telegram

Want to Know More?

Jobs and Salary

Curriculum Guide

JRNM Course Descriptions


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Clifford Anthony
(440) 366-7729


Start at LCCC and Earn Your Bachelor’s Degree at CSU

Lorain County Community College and Cleveland State University have joined forces to create transfer pathways that allow LCCCs journalism students to transfer their course credits toward the following bachelor’s in degrees offered by CSU:


LCCC Student Newspaper

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