Illustrations of journalism tools including a camera, laptop, notebook, etc.


Journalism is the activity of gathering, analyzing and distributing information to audiences in a variety of formats. Journalism courses at Kellogg Community College are designed to deepen students’ understanding of:

  • Journalism as a product and a profession
  • Mass media trends and processes
  • Careers associated with communication via the internet, magazines, movies, music, newspapers, radio, social media, television and video games, as well as advertising and public relations

The skills and theories taught in Journalism courses at KCC will help students as they pursue careers in any field that requires effective communication, from newspaper reporting and television news broadcasting to education and organizational leadership.

The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation for students who intend to transfer to a four-year program and for those seeking hands-on experience as writers and communicators.

Advising & Transfer

View transfer guides outlining opportunities for students looking to transfer their KCC credits to a four-year institution. Contact Academic Advising at 269-965-4124 or to schedule an appointment to plot a personal transfer plan.

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JOUR 111: Mass Media Environment

In the the three-credit JOUR 111: Mass Media Environment, students explore the role of mass media in society and the fundamental aspects of careers associated with newspapers, magazines, radio, television, motion pictures, social media, entertainment and public relations. Some story assignments are published in the online student newspaper The Bruin News.

JOUR 112: News Writing

In the the three-credit JOUR 112: News Writing, students study and practice the fundamental principles of gathering and writing news for online, newspaper and broadcast media. The emphasis is on accurate observation, ethical reporting techniques and the writing and editing of news for common understanding by mass audiences. Some story assignments are published in the online student newspaper The Bruin News.

Journalism Scholarships

Journalism scholarships are available via the KCC Foundation’s Aspiring Journalists Scholarship. The scholarship provides up to $250 per semester to a second-year KCC student who plans on pursuing a journalism degree. Additional scholarships and stipends are available to editors of The Bruin News.

The Bruin News

Journalism students have the opportunity to contribute work to The Bruin News, Kellogg Community College’s online student news platform. View The Bruin News online at

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Bruin News content is produced and managed by students under the advisement of KCC staff. The editor can be reached at Simon Thalmann, KCC staff advisor to The Bruin News, can be reached at


Bruin News bylines offer students valuable publication experience that looks great on resumes, and several KCC Journalism alumni have won awards for their work in the annual Michigan Community College Press Association awards competition.

The Bruin News is always looking for student writers, photographers, videographers and other content creators to produce news, social media or other content. Inquiries about working for The Bruin News should be directed to KCC staff advisor Simon Thalmann at

Press releases, letters to the editor or other inquiries should be sent to The Bruin News editor at

Bruin News History

KCC’s first student newspaper was published as The Triad beginning in 1956, the year the college was founded as Battle Creek Community College. The newspaper continued in print under a handful of names and through various publication schedules until the summer semester of 2018, when The Bruin, as it was then known, ceased print and became the online-only The Bruin News.

View more in the article “Turning the page: After more than 60 years, KCC’s student newspaper goes digital as The Bruin News,” by Bruin News writer Mackenzie Ryder.

Archived editions of the print version of The Bruin from November 2013 through February 2018 are available online at

Bruin News logo designed by student Maggie Wood.

Journalism Contacts

Simon Thalmann

Simon Thalmann

Director, Marketing

Tom Webster

Tom Webster

Faculty, English