Save the date: CCMA awards banquet and career conference will be April 20, 2013, at San Jose State

The annual CCMA career conference and Excellence in Student Media Awards banquet will be held Saturday, April 20, 2013, at San Jose State University.

A social event for students is also planned for Friday, April 19. The career conference will be held during the day on April 20 and the awards banquet will start at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Hotel rooms will be available at the Hilton-San Jose ($99 for a single/double; $119 for a triple; $139 for a quad). Stay tuned for an email in the coming weeks to find out if you are a finalist. A flier with all the details and registration information will also be coming soon. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to email

Call for entries for 2012 CCMA Excellence in Student Media contest

The CCMA is seeking entries for the 2012  California College Media Competition. All entries must be postmarked by Dec. 10, 2012. Follow these instructions to enter the contest:

1. Download and read the rules and details about the competition. CCMA Contest Form 2012

2. If you are new to CCMA, fill out the membership form and send it in with your entry.

3. Renew your membership with a check payable to CCMA or submit your $125 payment via Paypal below.

Pay dues by credit card

4. Compile your entries. Follow the guidelines in the video below:



5. Mail payment, entry form(s), adviser signature page, one disk with visual entries and actual entries to:
California College Media Competition
c/o Barbara Kingsley
Dept. of Journalism
1250 Bellflower Blvd. SSPA 024
Long Beach, Calif. 90840-4601

Questions? Contact Amy Emmert,, or call 424-652-8644.

Strong turnout for Assault on Journalism forum at CSU Northridge

Cal-JEC and CCMA hosted a forum addressing the assault on journalism on Oct. 19 at CSU Northridge. Nearly 40 journalism advisers and educators attended the event that focused on issues facing our industry.

Cal-JEC chair welcomes advisers and educators to the forum on Oct. 19, 2012, at CSU Northridge.

The event started with a panel discussion featuring a variety of media outlets from Southern California. Panelists Dennis Foley from the Orange County Register, Virginia Gaglianone from La Opinión, Gretchen Macchiarella from the Ventura County Star and Tony Pierce from KPCC talked about recent changes in their newsrooms and to the field of journalism.

Following the panel, advisers and educators met in breakout sessions to discuss pressing issues in journalism education, including budget cutbacks, threats to programs, censorship, issues with administration, and changes in curriculum and technology.

The forum featured breakout sessions on critical topics that impact journalism educators and advisers.

Special thanks to CNPA and Cal-JEC for sponsoring the session.[View the story “Assault on Journalism ” on Storify]



Free forum for journalism educators and advisers at CSU Northridge on Oct. 19

The California Journalism Education Coalition, with the help of CCMA and CSU Northridge, hosts a free forum for journalism educators and advisers on Friday, Oct. 19 at CSU Northridge. The event features roundtable discussions in which you can share what’s working and not working on your campus, and get encouragement and advice from your colleagues. The summit will also feature a panel of media professionals from The Orange County Register, The Ventura  County Star, La Opinión and KPCC. They will talk about shifts in their newsrooms and what these changes mean for you, your students and journalism.

For details and directions, see below.

Please fill out a survey so we can help Cal-JEC plan for the event.

Cal – JEC Journalism Forum – Southern California at CSU Northridge

Directions to CSU Northridge:

Parking is $6 in the G3 structure. The event will be held in the University Student Union’s Flintridge Room on the second floor. Lunch will be provided.

Welcome back to school!

Hello, California college journalism world, and welcome back to school! We at CCMA are starting the year full of ideas and renewed energy, as we sure you are, too. We look forward to this year of shared support and enrichment.

As you make plans and work on your calendars, we wanted to remind you of a few upcoming events:

Adviser Roundtables: The California Journalism Education Coalition, with the help of CCMA, will be hosting two FREE events this fall for advisers, one in northern California and one in Southern California. The events will consist of themed roundtable discussions in which you can share what’s working and not working on your campus, and hopefully get encouragement and helpful ideas from your colleagues. Each event will also feature a keynote panel of media professionals who will talk about shifts in their newsrooms and what these changes mean for our students.

Northern California: Friday, Sept. 21 at Sacramento State, see the attached Solutions 2012 image

Southern California: Friday, Oct. 19 at Cal State Northridge, stay tuned for details.

We’d also like to ask you to fill out a survey so we can help Cal-JEC plan for the events.

Annual Mail-in Contest: Contest entry information and forms will be online and will be mailed to schools by mid-October. The entry deadline will be in mid December. This is also when payments for the new year of membership are due.

Annual Conference and Awards Banquet: Be looking for information to come in 2013 about our annual spring event! This year’s event will be in Northern California.

As always, we invite you to participate with us this year, whether by attending our events, sending us suggestions, sharing with us news from your campus, or joining one of our committees. If you’d like to find out more about how you can get involved, please contact us at

We look forward to renewing our partnership with you!


Amy Emmert

president, CCMA

adviser, UCLA

CCMA 2011 contest winners[View the story “A weekend with the CCMA” on Storify]
The California College Media Association Awards Banquet highlighted the best in student media Saturday night at CSU Fullerton as more than 200 students, advisers and family members from throughout the state attended the event. The banquet recognized Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez as a champion of First Amendment rights and CAL-JEC’s Educator of the Year at a 4-year university was given to Amy Emmert, the adviser at UCLA.

The Daily Californian at UC Berkeley was named the best daily newspaper and best website in the state. Chico State’s The Orion won the prize for weekly newspaper and The Advocate from Contra Costa College won for non-weekly.  In the magazine category, Pierce College’s The Bull won general excellence. For all the winners, click on the links below.

General excellence awards

Print awards

Online awards

Magazine awards

Advertising awards

Check back soon to read some of the judges’ comments on the winners. Email with any problems with an award.

Each year the California College Media Association holds a competition to honor excellence in student media at community college and university publications throughout the state. The competition typically draws hundreds of entries from both large and small schools. The weekend also featured a career workshop which nearly 100 students attended.