"The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them."
-Ida B. Wells (1862-1931), an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s
“A free press can be good or bad, but, most certainly, without freedom a press will never be anything but bad.”
- Albert Camus (1913-60), French journalist, author, and philosopher
"Journalism is an extraordinary and terrible privilege. Not by chance, if you are aware of it, does it consume you with a hundred feelings of inadequacy. […] Those who determine our destiny are not really better than ourselves; they are neither more intelligent nor stronger nor more enlightened than ourselves.”
- Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006), Italian journalist, author, political interviewer, and WWII anti-fascist resistance movement partisan
The notion of a free press is reflected in the First Amendment to the Constitution and sets this country apart from all others. "Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter," wrote Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), third president of the United States and principal author of the Declaration of Independence. Our right to know and need to know is preserved in journalism. As politicians, advocates, and commentators of all sorts beam their versions of wisdom towards the public, it is left to the journalist to look behind the moving curtain of lies, and serve his or her audience by inducing in them a skeptical frame of mind by holding fast to the truth.
Become a part of one of society's most important tradition by enrolling in journalism classes at Glendale Community College. You can learn to report and write the news, gain valuable experience that will apply in careers stretching from communications to PR, and hear from experts in the field. Our various journalism classes focus on newsgathering, reporting, newspaper design, photography, digital journalism, and teamwork. In our El Vaquero newspaper production classes, you can be the one to let your fellow students know about important news affecting their lives her on campus and in the surrounding communities.
For more information, email journalism instructor Rory Cohen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at (818) 240-1000 ext. 5214
2017-18 El Vaquero features editor, Marian Sahakyan, designs the El Vaquero paper.