Emails have been sent inviting college media editors and advisers to enter the 2015 California College Media Association Excellence in Student Media Contest.
The contest is entirely online this year, so entries must be uploaded through the Better Newspaper Contest website at http://betternewspapercontest.com/ccma2015
A password, directions for logging in and step-by-step uploading instructions are included in the email notification.
Student finalists will be recognized at the Excellence in Student Media Awards reception at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles on Feb. 28. The reception is part of the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Convention Feb. 26 to March 1.
The deadline for entries and for paying the $150 CCMA annual membership and contest entry fee is Dec. 8.
Contest categories and rules are available on the CCMA website.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association and Cal Press Foundation are sponsoring a meeting Dec. 5 in San Francisco to discuss a proposed statewide umbrella journalism organization.
It is proposed that there be a statewide umbrella journalism organization that would span scholastic, college, university and professional organizations, for the purpose of reducing costs, enhancing collaboration and partnerships, and increasing member services, according to Steve O’Donoghue, director of the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative.
Any representative of scholastic, college, university or professional organization who would like to participate is invited. Attendees are asked to RSVP to O’Donoghue: firstname.lastname@example.org, (415) 509-1518.
The meeting is scheduled for 4-6 p.m. in the Regimental Room, 10th Floor, Marines Memorial Club, 609 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.
The California College Media Association is accepting nominations for student board members for 2014-15. The board is seeking one student board member each from Northern and Southern California and one at-large board member. Students would be expected to take part in monthly teleconference meetings and would likely help with the organizations recruiting, website and social media. Deadline is Sept. 10.
For more information: http://www.calcollegemedia.org/who-we-are/student-board-member-application/
Susan Kelleher, The Seattle Times, Pulitzer Prize winner
JUST ADDED: Samantha Dunn, writing coach, author, journalist, freelancer
Included in the Los Angeles Times coverage of the mass killings in Isla Vista over Memorial Day weekend was a story describing the journalistic efforts of editor Marissa Wenzke and her staff at the UC Santa Barbara student paper, the Daily Nexus.
Bob Pool’s story opens with Wenzke leaving a party Friday night to check out an accident about a block away. She later learned the car crash involved the BMW driven by suspect Elliot Rodger. At the time, Wenzke told Pool, she had no idea she had happened on the beginnings of a story that made headlines all over the world.
“The most disgusting thing is we didn’t realize the gravity of this,” Pool quotes her as saying. “Then we go to the press conference at the sheriff’s office about 2 in the morning and are sitting there when they tell us seven had died. I got emotional. I couldn’t believe it. Until then, it had been ‘possible fatalities.'”
Editor-in-Chief Rachel Zemanek at The Channels, the paper at Santa Barbara City College, also worked past the end of her academic year to provide her readers coverage of the slayings, including suspect Rodger’s status as a student there. The Channels posted updates both Saturday and Sunday as the story unfolded.
Students at California College Media Association member schools now have until Oct. 3 to apply for one of three openings on the CCMA board of directors.
Student board members serve as liaisons between the organization and the students CCMA serves. Duties include:
• attending and participating in board meetings and activities
• helping organize and schedule CCMA conventions and workshops
• promoting improved communication among California college journalists
• evaluating guidelines for CCMA’s annual college journalism contest.
More information about serving on the board and applying for a board seat is available at http://www.calcollegemedia.org/who-we-are/student-board-member-application/
Risa Johnson, features editor at The Orion, has been awarded the California College Media Association Career Development Scholarship. This $1,000 scholarship is designed to give financial assistance to a student who needs support in order to pursue studies or practical experience. Risa will use the money to support her summer internship at Venues Today. CCMA received only one scholarship application, so only one grant was awarded.
More than 150 students and advisers turned out Saturday for our annual awards ceremony in San Diego. Congratulations to all the winners. A list of winners, with judges’ comments, can be downloaded here: CCMA Contest Results 2013-14 or check out our social story below.