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 for Membership
Jennifer Burger 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.
Burger has a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley (’03) and a bachelor’s in journalism from CSU Sacramento (’98).
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.
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.
Southern California Student Board Member
Brigette Lugo is a student at Mt. San Antonio College in Los Angeles County working on her associate degree for transfer in journalism. She plans to transfer to a Cal State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in journalism and, after graduation, a career in Spanish language media. She serves as managing editor of the student news media site Sac.Media in partnership with the Washington Post, and as co-editor of Somos, a video series that focuses on Latino culture. She is also editor-in-chief of the student magazine, Substance, in a unique partnership with Medium.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to hearing from you.