Rich's Musings

This blog is a collection of thoughts about teaching journalism and how I teach journalism at Cerritos College.

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Rich Cameron has been the chair of the Journalism program at Cerritos College since 1997. He teaches a variety of journalism classes and advises the school newspaper, the Talon Marks. Prior to 1997 he taught at West Valley College in northern California for more than 16 years. He has also taught at Reedley and Merced community colleges.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Broadcasting association

Just got back from the JACC convention. What a great organization. The opportunities for students to learn and the excitement the contests and workshops creates is awesome.

One thing I’ve felt bad about though, especially since I became chair of the Mass Communications Department and have watched out for broadcasting a bit more, is that there is not something like JACC to energize the broadcasting students. While JACC had tried to address the convergence movement with baby steps, it will be a long time, if ever, before it does anything meaningful with broadcasting. And even then, it will only address the journalism end, not the entertainment end.

That’s why I am so excited about some new discussions by broadcast journalism instructors from within JACC to look at starting a similar organization for broadcasting and using JACC’s structure. A new organization can even piggy-back on the conferences and infrastructure of JACC while it grows.

As an organizational expert on JACC, I hope to be a part of a steering group this next year to help form a new broadcasting association of community colleges.


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