Organization site - Fall 2000
Issue: 2/20/01



Submitted by Candy Nall via e-mail

JACC's Southern Region conference spanned two days and totaled an estimated 500 students for workshops, seminars, critiques and contests.The Friday session offered a choice of a dozen seminars, including a tour of CSU Fullerton's Daily Titan. Seminars included a Writers' Workshop given by Don Ray, and sessions on web design, public relations as well as copyediting, headlines, reporting and photoshop. The conference began at 1 and ended at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s sessions got underway with breakfast and registration at 8:30. The keynote speaker was Jane Velez-Mitchell from KCAL-TV, who spoke about the issues facing tomorrow's journalists.

Mitchell was also a participant on a diversity panel, which followed, along with other on-air and print journalists. A second panel was offered in the afternoon, spotlighting jobs in journalism that students seldom consider.

On-the-spot competitions included news story and photo, feature story and photo, sports story and photo, critical review, copyediting, both standard and tabloid layout, and bring-in competitions encompassing advertisements, photos and photo illustrations, infographics and a team feature. One of the competition highlights was the feature presentation; an hour with Charles Hillinger, long-time syndicated columnist and author.

The conference closed with an awards ceremony where nearly 200 plaques (for on the spot, bring-in and mail-in competitions) were awarded, and an equal number of honorable mention certificates.

Cal State Fullerton, under the auspices of Dr. Richard Pullen, dean of communications and Dr. Wayne Overbeck, JACC's conference liaison on campus, was a wonderful host campus, providing state-of-the-art facilities and mass cooperation from the communications staff.


Submitted by Bill Johnson, Chabot College, via e-mail

Juan Gonzales, adviser to the City College of San Francisco Guardsman, received special honors from the Freedom Forum's Pacific Coast Center in August.

The award honored Gonzales as founding publisher of El Tecolote, a bilingual monthly magazine that has served the city's Mission District since 1970.

Felix Gutierrez, executive director of the West Coast Center, stated at the event, which celebrating the Latino press: "

Juan and El Tecolote have been the starting point and training ground for hundreds of aspiring journalists and reporters, many or whom have gone on to become valuable to society as writers and editors of major media organizations or to form their own newspaper and magazine publications. By covering stories ignored by the mainstream press and being true to his journalistic ethics, Juan promotes Latino rights and continues to fight against injustices and inequalities committed against the poor."

Juan has been teaching journalism at City College for the past 15 years. He is the immediate past president of JACC's NorCal region. Before advising for the Guardsman, he taught full-time in the Department of La Raza Studies at San Francisco State University. Before that, Juan worked for UPI and AP.


Submitted by Allan Lovelace, Riverside College, via e-mail

Congratulations and kudos for Dona Nichols of San Jose City, The Advocate of Paul DeBolt of Contra Costa and the Renegade Rip of Bakersfield for their appearance in this month's FACCCTS, the journal of the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges.

Nichols wrote an article on a book floating around called "The Cheater's Handbook."

The Advocate, DeBolt and the Renegade Rip were mentioned in a news brief about awards won at the California Newspaper Publisher's Association conference. The Advocate won first place in CNPA's general excellence contest for community colleges. The Renegade Rip won second.

The summer 1999 issue of Community College Journalist included a story about journalism students reporting the story of disability and accessibility at their campus.