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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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

High school awards contests

For several years Cerritos Journalism has maintained a relationship with the Southern California Journalism Education Association by hosting its annual Write-Off competitions. Aside from wanting to support good journalism at the high school level, an obvious hoped for advantage would be to establish connections with local area high school programs.

But the problem is that most local area high schools do not participate in SCJEA.

ribbonSo this year, after a number of years of planning, we've launched our first district-wide high school journalism awards competition that includes 13 or so categories area newspapers and yearbooks can enter work done by students this school year.

We're a bit disappointed that only a few school newspapers submitted entries ... no yearbooks. We're going to extend the deadline a week and reach out again to see if we can get a few more high schools to participate. If not, we'll go with those schools who did enter and see if we can build on that number next year.


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