Diversity and a commitment to excellence are the keys to the success of the Saddleback College journalism program. The journalism curriculum offers students instruction in the range of academic areas necessary to transfer to a four-year college or university as a communications major. Emphasis is on teaching media law, ethics, history and theory. Courses in the journalism program enable students to hone the skills needed to work in editorial departments of newspapers, magazines, industrial in-house publications, public relations programs in business or government, and related positions in the radio and television industry.
The Journalism program publishes the weekly student newspaper, the Lariat, a two-time winner of the national Pacemaker award and Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame member,and Orange Appeal, an award-winning student magazine.