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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Saturday, September 23, 2006

Counting time on TV

Cerritos broadcasting student Gayle Parks does a regular community action talk show for local Media One/ATT/Comcast/Time Warner (whoever owns it this week) Cable of Downey cable access.

Thursday I was invited for a second time to talk about the Cerritos College Mass Communication department in general and the journalism program in particular. And, boy, did I have to do a lot of talking.

The original invitation was for eight minutes. When I got there I learned I'd have to share the time with another Cerritos College program. But the other guest speaker did not show up. As we were mic-ing up, Parks nonchalantly commented, "Well, it looks like you have the whole eight minutes."

The director looked up and said, "Umm, you had eight minutes scheduled for each of them. He has 16 mintues."

Yikes! Turns out that 16 minutes is a lot of time on TV when the host does not have enough questions lined up.


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