Cal State Fullerton Hosts 2017 Southern California Regional Conference for the Journalism Association of Community Colleges
FULLERTON, Calif. – On Saturday, Oct. 14, Cal State Fullerton welcomed the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) onto its campus for the 2017 Southern California Regional Conference. There were approximately 200 students and faculty in attendance, hailing from over 15 local community colleges’ communications and journalism programs.
Faculty from the CSUF College of Communications presented on a variety of useful and important topics, including the following:
- “Reporting on Sexuality, Gender, and LGBTQ” by Chelsea Reynolds, assistant professor of communications.
- “Visual Storytelling on Social Platforms” by Penchan Phoborisut, assistant professor of communications.
- “Watchdog Journalism: Finding and Telling Truth” by Bonnie Stewart, editorial advisor to the Daily Titan.
- “Writing for Social Media: Here’s the Formula” by Frank Russell, assistant professor of communications.
Walt Baranger, part-time instructor and CSUF alum, gave the keynote address, “Not the Keynote I Planned.” As the 4-Year College Representative on the Board of Directors, Dr. Waleed Rashidi, assistant professor of communications and advisor to the Entertainment & Tourism Club and Comm Week, was responsible for planning the conference.
“Although I have taught at JACC member schools in the past and have attended many JACC conferences, this was my first time actually planning and booking a JACC conference,” said Rashidi. “So, there was a moderate learning curve on what could and could not be done; all items to note for next time,” he added.
The next JACC conference will be the 2018 State Convention at the Burbank Marriott on March 22-24. The annual convention is a three-day event scheduled in late March or early April that brings together students and faculty from member schools across the state for speakers, workshops, contests, meetings and more.