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Contest & Awards
Register for the 2015 CCMA Awards Banquet
January 22, 2015

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Join us for our annual awards banquet dinner honoring California’s best in college media at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at the Sheraton Universal Studios Hollywood hotel. We are teaming up with the Associated Collegiate Press at its 31st National College Journalism Convention, Feb. 26-March 1.
NOTE: This registration only covers the CCMA banquet.

Banquet ticket prices:  $60 for members; $80 for non-members. The price at the door for members will be $75 per ticket and $80 per ticket for non-members. Tickets are non-refundable.

DEADLINE to register for CCMA banquet: Monday, Feb. 24, 2015

For a full schedule, travel and hotel details, and to sign up to attend the conference, visit the ACP site or http://register.studentpress.org/acpla2015/

If you have any questions, email cacollegemedia@gmail.com.

To sign up, please fill out the registration form below. If you are paying via credit card, use the PayPal option below the form.

If you are paying via credit card, use the PayPal option below and will be able to make your payment.

Or, send check, payable to CCMA,to:
Barbara Kingsley-Wilson
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
1250 Bellflower Blvd LA4 106
Long Beach, CA
CCMA/ACP convention starts Feb. 26
January 16, 2015

College journalists from across California and the US will gather in Los Angeles at the end of next month for the Associated Collegiate Press/California College Media Association convention.

Th preliminary program, including hotel information, is available on the ACP website: http://2015.acpjournalismconvention.org/

Students and advisers are invited to propose conference sessions here http://2015.acpjournalismconvention.org/sessions/

This year’s CCMA contest awards banquet will be Saturday, Feb. 28, at the Sheraton Universal Studios Hollywood hotel. Details coming soon.

CCMA extends contest deadline to Dec. 15
December 9, 2014
In order to allow enough time for contestants to file and pay for entries in our new Better Newspapers Contest, CCMA is extending the contest deadline one week, to Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 at 8:59 p.m.

All other rules remain unchanged including the eligibility dates — Dec. 5, 2013 to Dec. 6, 2014. You can pay for entries via Paypal. If you send a check, those are due by Dec. 15 to the following address:
Michael Chute
8432 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92506
Please see the site for other rules and guidelines. One tip — file your entries as Contest Manager, which is the default setting. Here again is the contest link: http://betternewspapercontest.com/ccma2015
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Excellence in Student Media Awards reception Feb. 28 at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles! Look for info on the conference and reception next month.
Questions? Contact Michael Chute at mchute@calbaptist.edu or (951) 552-8721 or cacollegemedia@gmail.com. You can also contact CCMA President Barbara Kingsley at barbara.kingsley@gmail.com or (562) 985-5779. For questions on the site itself, click on Contact Better BNC on the contest page.
Entries Open for CCMA Contest
November 13, 2014

It’s here!

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.

Is it time for a statewide journalism organization?
November 11, 2014

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:  steveod@pacbell.net,  (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.

2014 CCMA Contest Info
November 10, 2014

Contest time is almost upon us. Check out the following CCMA website pages for rules and entry information:
• New rules for this year
• The contest moves online

Apply now to be a CCMA student board member
August 22, 2014

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/

Journalism conference Sept. 6 at Chapman U.
August 7, 2014
The Orange County Press Club and Chapman University are sponsoring an all-day journalism conference on the Orange campus, Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014, so far featuring nine Pulitzer Prize winners and five nonfiction authors, including the New York Times best-selling co-author of “Killing Lincoln,” “Killing Kennedy,” and “Killing Jesus.”
The conference is open to everyone, with fees of $25 for students and those retired from journalism (including academics), $50 for working journalism professionals/journalism teachers and Press Club members, and $75 for all others. Register and pay at www.orangecountypressclub.com.
Who’s presenting so far:
James V. Grimaldi, The Wall Street Journal, Pulitzer Prize winner
JUST ADDED: Tina Rosenberg, New York Times/Solutions Journalism Network, Pulitzer Prize winner 
Susan Kelleher, The Seattle Times, Pulitzer Prize winner
David Hasemyer,  freelance investigative journalist/InsideClimate.com, Pulitzer Prize winner
Michele Nicolosi, The Orange County Register, Pulitzer Prize winner
Martin Dugard, nonfiction author of three New York Times best-sellers with Bill O’Reilly
Kim Christensen, Los Angeles Times, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner
Jeff Gottlieb, Los Angeles Times, Pulitzer Prize winner
Terry Wimmer, University of Arizona journalism professor, Pulitzer Prize winner
JUST ADDED: Martin J. Smith, editor, Orange Coast Magazine, nonfiction author
JUST ADDED: Samantha Dunn, writing coach, author, journalist, freelancer
Amy DePaul, nonfiction author, UCI literary journalism program
Miles Corwin, nonfiction author, UCI literary journalism program
Caitlin Rother, nonfiction author, UC San Diego Extension
Rob Curley, editor, Orange County Register, Pulitzer Prize winner
The conference will run from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with a 90-minute break for lunch on your own in adjacent Old Town Orange.
Santa Barbara college papers step up to provide Isla Vista coverage
May 26, 2014

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.dailynexus

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.

Student applications for CCMA board extended to Oct. 3
May 24, 2014

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.

CCMAlogoThe board agreed this week to extend the deadline after just one student applied this spring for a place on the board.

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/