This Year’s CCMA Contest and Awards Banquet

trophy graphicHere are this year’s dates for CCMA’s annual college news contest and awards banquet:
• We anticipate opening online contest entries at the beginning of November.
• The deadline for this year’s contest will be Dec. 8.
• The awards banquet will take place Saturday, March 3, at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach. Again this year, our celebration will be part of The Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Convention.

Letter from CMA president about California travel restrictions, Texas and Kentucky conventions

Dear California friends and members,
College Media Association leadership is deeply disappointed in the laws recently passed in Texas and Kentucky, and we are aware of the state of California’s restrictions on travel to those states and the six others with similar laws.
We regret that California’s restrictions may prevent or inhibit your ability to travel to the fall national college media convention this October in Dallas.
While we do not condone the discriminatory laws in Texas and Kentucky that deny people of their rights and dignity and interfere with our members’ and their students’ access to journalism education and networking, our organization is in a difficult situation.
The previous leadership signed the contract for Dallas in 2013, long before Texas began talking about Senate Bill 6. As Texas began discussing the legislation, CMA attempted preemptive measures, partnering with Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Business and Advertising Managers, Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association to issue a letter to Governor Greg Abbott and other leadership asking them to consider the ramifications this law would have on Texas, its citizens and our organizations. We never received a response. When the bill was brought back up in special session in June, we directly appealed to Speaker Strauss to deny this bill from becoming law. Again, we did not hear back.
But we are continuing to appeal to Texas legislators. CMA/Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Business and Advertising Managers, Journalism Education Association and National Scholastic Press Association are all planning to hold events this year in Texas. JEA/NSPA will hold a convention in November for 5,000 high school students and teachers in Dallas, and College Broadcasters, Inc. will host its fall meeting in San Antonio. That’s why we believe it is important to again draft a letter to the Texas government explaining how this law and the California restrictions will affect all of our events and the Texas economy.
CMA and ACP will also begin appealing to Kentucky to reconsider their discriminatory laws, since our joint fall convention will be held there next fall. This contract was signed in June 2016. As you may know, many things come into play when selecting a convention city; usually we consider ease of travel for attendees, cost of lodging and access to professional media. Sadly needing to consider discriminatory laws has become a new priority for us. For example, when Georgia passed a similar Bathroom Bill, CMA appealed to Governor Nathan Deal to veto that decision, and he did. We admit that the movie industry lobbying for the same outcome probably contributed more than we did, but we are still happy with that outcome.
We understand that these attempts do not help your situation and or give you access to CMA training and networking, and we don’t take that lightly. We are working on alternatives to provide education and training you’ve requested. This year we hosted our first webinar with Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center, and that led us to invest in webinar-hosting software and to develop more distance-learning opportunities for our members and their students. We will certainly be looking to expand that program this year, especially in light of this latest development. CMA will also be exploring the possibility of hosting a workshop in California or nearby. These workshops work best when partnered with a host institution and focused on a central topic, as the 2015 Advisers Workshop in Houston or the 2016 Diversity Workshop in Corvallis, Ore. demonstrate.
Please know that CMA stands behind you and will be looking for ways to make the situation more palatable. If you have any ideas how to affect change in the states that have passed these laws, please feel free to share them. If you have ideas for webinars or workshops, please to share those with us. We would like to do whatever we can to best deal with this situation and avoid similar ones in the future.
Kelley Lash
CMA President

Election Results: Two Newcomers Join CCMA Board

Brigette Lugo and Jennifer Burger
New CCMA board members Brigette Lugo and Jennifer Burger

Two new members were elected to the California College Media Association board of directors in last weekend’s online election.

Brigette Lugo, a student journalist at Mt. San Antonio College, and Jennifer Burger, adviser to The Runner at CSU-Bakersfield, join the board as Southern California student representative and vice president of membership, respectively.

Twelve CCMA member schools cast ballots in the election May 12-14. Returning board members are:
Mark Plenke, president
Michael Longinow, secretary
Gretchen Macchiarella, treasurer
Michael Chute, vice president for contests
Brady Teufel, vice president for training and conference
Toni Albertson, board member at large
Richard Craig, board member at large
Joe Wirt, board member representing the media industry

One at-large board seat and the Northern California student representative position remain vacant. CCMA will be contacting two write-in candidates for the at-large seat to see if they’re interested in serving.

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:

President
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 mustangnews.net. 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 digitaljournalism.org was named one the 105 Vital Resources for Journalists by journalismdegree.org.

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).

Treasurer
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.

Secretary
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:
Name
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 (calcollegemedia.org) 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 cacollegemedia@gmail.com.

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.