The Journalism and Mass Communications program emphasizes writing for the print media and serves a twofold purpose: to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university and to provide entry-level skills to those who want to change careers. The journalism program maintains a co-curricular relationship with The Commuter, LBCC's award-winning student newspaper, providing first- and second-year students with hands-on training.
Students who intend to transfer to a four-year college or university can get a solid foundation in journalism skills at LBCC, from reporting and photography to writing and editing, which will prepare them to excel in a bachelor's degree program.
Students planning to transfer to Oregon State University (or to any other college without an accredited bachelor's program in journalism) should pursue the Associate of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications at LBCC. Graduates can transfer to OSU and major in Digital Communication Arts within the New Media Communications program.