Meet the Board of Directors
At-Large Board Member
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.
Vice President, Contests
Dr. Michael Chute is a professor of Journalism and Public Relations, director of the Journalism & New Media and Public Relations program and adviser of The Banner at California Baptist University.
Chute has had a passion for storytelling since high school when he was editor of the school newspaper and worked as a high school correspondent for his hometown newspaper. That interest led him to journalism school, where he was editor in chief of the university’s newspaper and student PR writer, and into a 30-year career that has included jobs as reporter, PR practitioner and director, and editor of U.S. newspapers and magazines. As an overseas correspondent, he lived 10 years in Brazil, Taiwan and Hong Kong, learned Portuguese and Mandarin Chinese, and traveled in more than 50 countries throughout South America, Asia, Europe and Africa, working with U.S. and foreign wire services and publications. He has taught journalism and PR courses in U.S. and overseas universities and has advised five award-winning student newspapers.
At Large Board Member
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.
Vice President, Membership and Past President
Barbara Kingsley-Wilson has been a journalist for 20 years, covering courts, crime, education and sports for the Orange County Register, the Cleveland Plain Dealer and the Rochester (N.Y) Times-Union. She also wrote sports for USA Today and worked as an intern with the Associated Press in Tel Aviv, Israel.
She graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in journalism and later earned her masters and taught news writing as a fellow in the Kiplinger Mid-career Reporting Program at Ohio State University. She spent the summer of 1995 in Amman, Jordan, interviewing women and government officials as part of a grant to study women and sports. She taught journalism classes at USC before coming to Cal State Long Beach in fall 2004 and it now a full-time lecturer who advises the Daily 49er.
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.
Gretchen Macchiarella 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.
Mark Plenke is the professional-in-residence for news and adviser to The Orion student newspaper in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations at California State University, Chico.
He came to Chico State in the fall of 2012 after 15 years of full-time teaching and newspaper advising at Anoka-Ramsey and Normandale community colleges in the Minneapolis suburbs and adjunct teaching at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
After serving as editor-in-chief for his college paper, Mark reported and edited for several professional newspapers in the Midwest: The Brookings (S.D.) Daily Register, Winona (Minn.) Daily News, Rapid City (S.D.) Journal, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Gazette, Spencer (Iowa) Daily Reporter, Minneapolis Star-Tribune (investigative reporting intern) and St. Paul Pioneer-Press. He also served as the managing editor for KMSP-TV news in the Twin Cities. More recently, he founded and published a hyperlocal news website, 55423.info, in Richfield, Minn.
Vice President, Training and 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.
At-Large Board Member
Stu VanAirsdale is Professional Journalist in Residence and a full-time lecturer at Sacramento State University, where he advises the student-run State Hornet newspaper. He has written and edited for publications including The New York Times, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Gawker Media, The Awl, Slate and The Huffington Post among numerous others. He covered the 2007-08 Oscar race for Vanity Fair‘s awards-season blog Little Gold Men and is a former culture columnist for Esquire.com. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Sacramento State and a M.A. in Journalism from New York University.
Joe Wirt oversees business development and external relations for CNPA Services Inc., which serves nonprofit associations including the California Newspaper Publishers Association.
Wirt 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.
Wirt 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
Angelene Wong is a junior journalism major at Biola University. This year, she is the editor-in-chief of the Point Magazine and hopes the publication’s content encourages readers to dive into difficult conversations.
She draws inspiration from the people she meets and hopes to bring awareness for the oppressed through journalism.
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 email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.