Board of Directors

Elizabeth Smith

President

Elizabeth R. Smith is an assistant professor of Communication at Pepperdine University and Director of Pepperdine Graphic Media. She has 14 years of experience teaching a variety of journalism and media courses at Pepperdine as well as advising and directing the Graphic newspaper (print and digital), Currents Magazine, GNews (web show), and PGM Advertising. She has nearly 20 years of professional experience in the journalism industry, including print, web and broadcast news. She is an award-winning journalist, and in 2010 won an Emmy for her work on the breaking news coverage of Michael Jackson’s death. In May, Smith was named a Kopenhaver Center Fellow for 2017. Smith has partnered with the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library on the topics of news literacy and understanding the spread of fake news. Her current research includes, social media and news, social media and journalism education, news literacy among college students, and Communities of Practice in student newsrooms. Smith earned her bachelor’s in Journalism from Harding University; she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees from Pepperdine University. Smith continues to freelance as a writer and editor.

Toni Albertson

Vice President

 Toni Albertson is a professor of journalism and adviser of student media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. 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 recently 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.

 Toni Albertson is a professor of journalism and adviser of student media at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. 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 recently 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.

Under Toni’s guidance, the student media launched a hyper-local reporting news site on Twitter, with student staff covering 15 local cities, and are also launching a new site in partnership with the Washington Post powered by Arc Publishing.

Toni is president of CCJA, division programming chair for AEJMC, and a contributor to numerous publications.

Jennifer Burger

Vice President for Membership, Treasurer

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Jennifer Burger is the adviser to The Runner and a journalism lecturer at CSU Bakersfield. She worked as a reporter and editor for California newspapers for 12 years, as well as founded and operated a local nonprofit news website in Bakersfield for two years, before starting her teaching career in 2013.

Burger has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley (’03) and a bachelor’s in journalism from CSU Sacramento (’98).

Richard Craig

Board Member

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Richard Craig is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications at San Jose State University. He is the author of three journalism-related books and has been an adviser to the Spartan Daily student news outlet since 2002.

Craig has spoken at numerous conferences in the U.S. and abroad. His journalistic work has appeared in The New York Times, the San Jose Mercury News, the Miami Herald, and many other outlets. He earned a Ph.D. in Communications at the University of Illinois in 1995, and was a reporter and editor for six years at newspapers in California and Illinois.

Kirstie Hettinga

Board Member

Kirstie Hettinga, Ph.D., is an associate professor of communication at California Lutheran University. She serves as the faculty adviser to Cal Lutheran’s award-winning student newspaper, The Echo. Hettinga teaches media writing, editing, and content creation. Her research addresses issues of accuracy and credibility in news media. Her work has been published in Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism Practice, College Media Review, Journal of Mass Media Ethics, and Media Ethics. She earned her BA in print journalism and MA in mass communication from Fresno State and her doctorate in mass communication from The Pennsylvania State University.

Patrick Howe

Board Member

Multimedia journalism instructor Patrick Howe has worked as an investigative reporter and political correspondent in Washington D.C. and statehouse newsrooms. His work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, magazines and websites including U.S.A. Today, Cyberjournalist.net and Washingtonpost.com. He wrote about Congress and the Clinton White House for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette and covered politics and government for The Associated Press. He has won state and national-level awards for investigative reporting, public affairs reporting, column writing and layout and design. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with a dual major in journalism and political science and earned his Master’s Degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Barbara Kingsley-Wilson

Board Member

Barbara Kingsley-Wilson is a lecturer at California State University Long Beach and adviser of the Daily 49r. She has been a journalist for 20 years, covering courts, crime, education, local news and sports for the Orange County Register, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Rochester (N.Y) Times-Union. Kingsley-Wilson also wrote for USA Today and worked as an intern with the Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel. She spent the summer of 1995 in Amman, Jordan, as part of a Near and Middle East Research Training Program grant to study women and sports in that country. The resulting paper she wrote, “A Sporting Life: Interviews with Jordanian Women Athletes,” was presented at the Women and Sports Conference in Alexandria, Egypt, in October 1995. Kingsley-Wilson received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Ohio University and earned her master’s degree in the Kiplinger Mid-career Reporting Program at Ohio State University, where she also taught news writing. She taught journalism at the University of Southern California before coming to CSULB in fall of 2004. She has won awards from the Associated Press, Orange County Press Club and contributed stories to the Register’s Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of a fertility scandal. In 2016 she was named Educator of the Year by the California Journalism and Media Affiliates.

Michael Longinow

Board Member

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Michael Longinow joined Biola University in 2005 and is the chair of the department of journalism and the adviser of The Chimes, Biola’s student newspaper.

Longinow is active in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and a frequent workshop presenter and panelist at national conventions of the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers. He has also served as a fellow with the American Press Institute and participated in workshops with The Poynter Institute for Media Studies.

As a young reporter, Longinow freelanced for the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times, as well as smaller weeklies in metro Chicago.

Gary Metzker

Secretary

Gary Metzker is the full-time journalism professor at Golden West College in Huntington Beach.

Previously, he had been a full time lecturer at Long Beach State since 2008. He has also taught at El Camino College and Chapman University. Metzker is design adviser for Long Beach’s Pacemaker and Pinnacle Award-winning Daily 49er as well as Dig Magazine’s design adviser.

Metzker has worked at newspapers in Delaware, Missouri, Florida and California. For almost 25 years, he worked at the Los Angeles Times in positions ranging from sports news editor, metro news editor, A1 editor and Senior Editor.

During that time, Metzker was a member of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staff awards for breaking and spot news and was the designer for stories that earned a photographer the Pulitzer for photography and a writer the Pulitzer for best feature. He has also won four Los Angeles Press Club awards and two Medals of Excellence from the Society for News Design.

In 2013, Metzker was selected Journalism Educator of the Year by the California Journalism Education Coalition.

Brady Teufel

Vice President for Conference

Brady Teufel 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.

Join the Board

California College Media Association is the only organization in California that promotes and supports media programs at four-year colleges and junior colleges. If you are faculty or professional staff involved with student media, consider taking a leadership position on CCMA’s executive board.

The board meets at least twice a year. Board members attend these meetings, join telephone conference calls and assist with planned activities. Without a hardworking and dedicated board, CCMA’s activities and contest cannot be offered to students.

Joining the executive board is also a great way to meet others who are actively involved in student media and who support student media on a statewide level.

If you are interested in joining the board or have any questions about CCMA, its training sessions or its annual competition, please feel free to e-mail Amy Emmert at cacollegemedia@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you.