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Journalism & Integrated Media

Associate in Applied Arts

Program Overview

Do you enjoy researching a topic and presenting what you have learned to others? Do you like taking photographs or creating digital presentations? If so, studying Journalism & Integrated Media at Delta College is a great way to start a dynamic and growing career.

While studying journalism at Delta, you will learn a mix of traditional tools like writing and photography, along with the latest technology in the areas of virtual reality, mobile apps, 360 degree photography and social media. 

Earning Potential

Consider getting a bachelor's degree to become a public relation specialist. Job growth in this area is increasing slightly in the Great Lakes Bay Region. 

In this field, it is estimated that you could earn $31,408 a year.

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Likely Careers

  • Reporter 
  • Public Relations
  • Multimedia journalist
  • Social Media Specialist 
  • Accounting professor working with students in class.
    Amazing faculty

    At Delta, you get small classes, professors who see your potential and resources to help you succeed. Delta professors are here to teach. And, they're really good at it.

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About Delta's Program

Delta College offers students an opportunity to earn an associate of applied arts degree in Journalism & Integrated Media in one of three exciting tracks.

  • News and Information Track provides students with reporting and news writing and editing skills for the digital age. Jobs in this category include news reporter, copy editor, assignment editor, social media specialist and public information officer.
  • Visual Journalism Track provides students with a chance to focus on photojournalism, web and print design and multi-media content.
  • Public Relations is the fastest-growing sector of the journalism industry. Public relations specialists utilize traditional, digital and social media as well as live events to promote companies, candidates, organizations and individuals.

Each of the tracks culminates with a capstone experience – either an internship or participation in the Media Innovation Lab on a collaborative project with other students for a real audience or client. 

All students in the Journalism & Integrated Media program take courses in Media Literacy, Mass Media, Social Media & Communication, News Writing, Photojournalism, New Media Writing, Media Ethics and Women, Minorities & the Media. Students also take a variety of track-specific courses and choose from a wide menu of electives to help them prepare for the career they desire or for transfer to a university.

Why you should choose Delta

Collegiate student news

Many journalism students have found employment at the award-winning Delta Collegiate student news organization since Delta opened in 1961. The Collegiate has been recognized by the Michigan Community College Press Association as Number One in General Excellence among all Michigan community college student-run news outlets.

The Collegiate hires students for writing, editing, web maintenance, social media, photography, videography, illustrations, designing pages and creating ads. 

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Life is busy. But that shouldn't get in the way of your education. Delta offers classes at night, on weekends and online to make taking classes and getting that degree easier. Plus, Delta has learning centers, so you can take classes even closer to home.  


Free tutoring

At the Teaching Learning Center, located in the Library, we offer tutoring on a wide variety of subjects, and help with developing study and learning skills. Most tutoring is on a walk-in basis, but we do have some online tutoring options.

Best of all, it's free for currently enrolled Delta students. Just another way we demonstrate our commitment to helping students succeed.


Honors Program

The specially-designed courses emphasize creative and critical thinking, providing a unique learning experience. You have more exploration of the subject area with increased faculty and student interaction. Make the most of your Delta experience. Join Honors!


With the Michigan Transfer Agreement, 30 credits are guaranteed to transfer to any public institution in Michigan.
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1 in 8 people in our community, ages 17-70, have taken a class at Delta.

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Josie Norris

"I chose journalism because two weeks after I started classes I found out about a photography position open at the Delta Collegiate. I did my first couple assignments and I was like, 'This is it. This is what I want to do.'"

Josie Norris
Graduate – Associate in Applied Arts, Journalism & Emerging Media
Transferred to Central Michigan University to pursue photojournalism