Candidate info for CCMA board of directors

Most of the current California College Media Association board members are seeking re-election to one year terms in this spring’s election, which will be conducted online from May 12-14.

Here is biographical information for each candidate:

Mark Plenke (incumbent)
Mark is a faculty member at California State University, Chico, and adviser to its student newspaper, The Orion. He came to Chico five years ago from Minnesota, where he advised award-winning student newspapers at Normandale Community College and Anoka-Ramsey Community College. He is a former daily newspaper reporter and editor and spent two years in news management at KMSP-TV in the Twin Cities. He holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communication from the University of Minnesota and a bachelor’s degree from Southwest Minnesota State.

Vice President, Training and Conference
Brady Teufel (incumbent)
Brady is an associate professor of journalism at Cal Poly where he teaches courses in digital journalism, news reporting, visual communication and photojournalism. He is also the adviser of Teufel earned his bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and his master’s degree in journalism from University of Missouri. Teufel has worked for magazines, newspapers and Internet startups. Most recently, his website was named one the 105 Vital Resources for Journalists by

Vice President, Contests
Michael Chute (incumbent)
Professor of journalism and public relations at California Baptist University, Michael is also director of the Journalism & New Media and Public Relations program there. An award-winning writer, editor and photojournalist, he has held numerous positions in journalism and public relations, and his work has appeared in a number of wire services, newspapers and magazines. Michael served 15 years as an overseas correspondent, living in Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong, and learned Portuguese and Chinese. He has traveled in more than 50 countries throughout South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, and covered major international stories, including the Tiananmen Square crackdown, fall of the Soviet Union, Pol Pot regime, overthrown of the monarchy in Nepal, eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, among many others.

Vice President, Membership
Jennifer Burger
Jennifer has been the adviser to The Runner at CSU Bakersfield since 2013. She worked as a newspaper reporter and editor for 12 years in California before starting her teaching career. Jennifer has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley (’03) and a bachelor’s in journalism from CSU Sacramento (’98).

Gretchen Macciarella (incumbent)
Gretchen is the publisher and faculty advisor for The Sundial at California State University, Northridge. Prior to joining CSUN, she was the managing editor for digital at the Ventura County Star, where she held several position over a decade. She earned a master’s degree in digital journalism and design from the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg, and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Michael Longinow (incumbent)
Michael is a professor and the faculty adviser to The Chimes and Chimes online in the Department of Media, Journalism and Public Relations at Biola University. A campus newspaper adviser for 27 years, he has served as an officer for campus media groups in two regions of the country: Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association (16 years) and with CCMA (since 2007). He is active as a workshop presenter with the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers. He serves as national executive director of Advisers of Christian Collegiate Media.

At-Large Board Members

Toni Albertson (incumbent)
Toni is a professor of journalism and adviser to student media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, Calif. Since coming to Mt. SAC in 2006, she turned around a troubled journalism program with low enrollment and turned it into an award-winning program that was called by Nieman Lab ” the most daring, innovative college media outlets in the United States.”  Under her guidance, the student media stopped all print publications, and in a unique partnership, moved its newsroom over to Medium. The student media also recently launched a hyper-local reporting news site on Twitter, with student staff covering more than 15 local communities, and a news site in partnership with the Washington Post making Mt. SAC the only community college, along with USC Annenberg, Columbia, and University of Maryland, to be included in this pilot program.

Richard Craig (incumbent)
Richard has been adviser to San Jose State’s Spartan Daily student media outlet since 2002 and oversaw the development of a program that has won numerous state and national awards.  A professor at San Jose State, he’s been a CCMA board member for three years and has been involved with many other journalism organizations in California and nationwide.  As a CCMA board member, he has served as the master of ceremonies at the CCMA’s annual awards banquet each of the last three years.

Joe Wirt (incumbent)
Joe has served as the media industry representative on the board for the past two years and oversees business development and external relations for CNPA Services Inc., which serves nonprofit associations including the California Newspaper Publishers AssociationHe also is administrator of the California Press Foundation. He serves as career and education spokesman for the California newspaper industry. And he highlights training opportunities and business-to-business opportunities for managers and personnel at California newspapers. Joe also edits a weekly email newsletter (CNPA Bulletin) and a quarterly newspaper (California Publisher) covering industry news and issues. He manages website content and, in his spare time, strives to speak IT, marketing, social media, and digital and mobile publishing. He was editor of The Daily Collegian at Fresno State in Fall 1986.

Student Board Member
Brigette Lugo
Brigette is the managing editor and incoming editor-in-chief of the Washington Post-partnered student media news site, Saconscene, at Mt. San Antonio College. She is also the editor of Somos, a Spanish-Language multimedia series that she created for the student media at Mt. SAC. She has won numerous awards from CCMA, JACC, and CMA for her news and feature reporting. She plans to transfer after completing her associate degree in journalism at Mt. SAC in Spring 2018 to a local university to pursue her bachelor’s in journalism with an emphasis on Spanish language journalism. She hopes to work as a multimedia journalist in Spanish language media.

Nominations open for CCMA board of directors

ballot box graphicElections for positions on the 12-member California College Media Association board will take place online May 12-14. This is the group that plans and presents the annual CCMA better college newspaper contest and banquet and provides information and support for California college media advisers and student journalists. We pretty much share the work of running the organization and meet by phone roughly once a month during the academic year. Board terms are one year, and members can seek re-election.
If you are interested in adding your talent and ideas to the group as a board member or officer, please reply to this email with your:
School or media company affiliation
A two- or three-sentence bio
Please also indicate your interest in one of the following roles:
At-large board member, President, VP for Membership, VP Training and Conference, VP for Contests, Treasurer, Secretary, Student Representative (northern California), Student Representative (southern California), professional media representative.
Nominations will close May 10 at midnight. We will post information about nominees on the CCMA website ( the next day and provide a link to the page and the online ballot. Each California college or university is entitled to one vote in the election.
If you have questions about nominations or the election process, please email us at

2017 CCMA Award Winners

Students from Fresno State took home more than a dozen awards at this year’s CCMA awards ceremony in San Francisco.

More than 200 California college journalists, their families and advisers packed the Waterfront room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday night to celebrate CCMA’s 2017 contest winners.

In all, students from 37 association schools submitted 1,138 entries in the contest, which covered journalism and advertising produced in 2016. Professionals from across the country volunteered as judges.

The complete list of winners, complete with judges comments, is available here.

Tonight’s the Night!

tonightThe CCMA awards banquet starts at 6 p.m. tonight (March 4) in the Waterfront CDE room at the Hyatt in San Francisco. We’re starting earlier than usual because we have lots more award winners this year. (Early-bird tickets might have inadvertently had a later start time.)

If you have already paid, come with your printed or digital version of the tickets and you will be able to be scanned in quickly.  The box office will be set up at a table for anyone who needs to pay for their tickets or buy more. They’re $80 at the door — cash or check accepted.

See you tonight!

Reserve your place at the 2017 CCMA awards ceremony

Join CCMA for our annual awards banquet dinner honoring California’s best in college media at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco. We are teaming up with the Associated Collegiate Press at its 33rd National College Journalism Convention, March 2-5.

Banquet ticket prices:
  $65 before March 1. The price at the door will be $80. Tickets are non-refundable.

DEADLINE to pre-register for CCMA banquet: Wednesday, March 1, 2017

sf-logoFor a full schedule, travel and hotel details, and to sign up to attend the ACP conference, visit the ACP convention site at

To sign up for Saturday night’s CCMA awards banquet, please click this “Buy Tickets” link.

Buy Tickets

To pay by check, click the link above to make a reservation and bring your check to the banquet March 4.

NOTE: This registration only covers the CCMA banquet.

Questions? Problems? Email us at

2017 CCMA Contest Rules Available

Rules for this year’s California College Media Association contest are now posted on the CCMA website. Find them here.

Significant rule changes from last year’s contest include:
• New divisions. Contestants will now compete in three groups: four-year schools with enrollments of 10,000 or more, four-year schools with enrollments under 10,000 and community colleges.
• Schools may submit two entries per contest category; only one of those entries can place in the category.
• Newspaper and online categories have been combined.

The deadline for the 2017 contest submissions is 9 p.m. on Jan. 13, 2017. The submission portal will open Dec. 7.

Directions for submitting entries is available here.