WakeUp Call!

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Wear your pajamas or sweats, slip into those bunny slippers or comfy Crocs and join us for a first-month-of-school Saturday workshop sponsored by Southern California Journalism Education Association and newspapers2

Sept. 30, 2017

Long Beach City College/Liberal Arts Campus
4901 East Carson Street,
Long Beach CA 90808

8 a.m. Continental breakfast and Registration
8:45 Opening Session
“Thatʼs What You Get for Jumping on the Bed”

Inspiration for beginning your year in publications
9:30-11:30 Choose ONE of the following TWO-HOUR sessions (see one-hour session options below):
Picture This (photography)

Bring SLR cameras and do directed creative campus shots

Getting the facts for an article is about making new friends and getting them to talk to you about what really matters and is interesting
Between the Covers Session (yearbook layout, design & theme)

Bring SLR cameras and do directed creative campus shots

Bring your first edition or your planned first edition; we’ll help you update its look
9:30-10:30 Choose ONE of the following ONE-HOUR sessions:
Not Before I’ve Had My Coffee (ADVISERS ONLY)

Where advisers find friends and share advice for the coming year

Convergence using your smartphone for a “complete” picture
10:30-11:30 Choose ONE of the following ONE-HOUR sessions:

Led by the LBCC editorial team, a roundtable chance to look at the coming year and get help with leadership and getting your staff going in one direction

News value in a monthly paper and how it’s important to tell campus stories that everyone wants to read; make them yearn for distribution day!
WORST NIGHTMARES/BEST DAYDREAMS (feature & sports feature writing)

Feature and sports feature writing as a creative experience for those with heart and vision and a real human interest curiosity
night light (critical reviews, entertainment reporting & columns)

How specialized writers can cast a new eye on these projects
11:30 Closing Session, Prizes and Up-and-at-em Message
Alarm Bells: cafeteria food…dirty bathrooms…campus security…topis that will get you in trouble and how this and other more edgy, interesting coverage is readable and legal under Ed Code 48907.

SCJEA members will be charged $5 per student to cover costs and breakfast. Non-members will be charged $15 per student. If you are not sure your membership status or to renew your membership please email

Mail checks to SCJEA WakeUp Call! c/o Greg Vieira 7705 Lotus Circle, Buena Park, CA 90620

RSVP by September 25, 2017, for guaranteed space!

Highlights from the 2017 Newspapers2

This is a collection of work produced by our students. This year’s classes were held at Long Beach City College from July 31 to August 3, 2017.


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On Day 3, students are placed into groups of 3-4 and given instructions to find a story on campus. Together they produce a multimedia story and present it for judging.

These are all available on our student website at

PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Learning is fun at newspapers 2016 at LBCC

Photos were taken by students in the Photography class on August 1-4, 2016 at newspapers2 at Long Beach City College.

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EICs at newspapers2

By Angel Miranda, EIC El Monte High School

In the newsroom, the editor-in-chief navigates the direction of the newspaper for the rest of the staff to follow. But there’s more than meets the eye to an editor.

Contrary to popular belief, newspaper editors’ lives aren’t confined to the newsroom. They have passions and interests that lie outside of writing.

Take a look at Joseph Barnes, for example. The Fairfax High School EIC is also a sneaker enthusiast. So great is his passion for sneakers, he describes it as an “addiction.”

Ashima Kundu, co-EIC of Woodbridge High School, however, collects knockouts instead; she is a second degree black belt in taekwondo. Her partner, Anamaria Sayre, exercises dialectic thought as captain of the mock trial team.

Hollywood High School’s EIC Vanessa Centeno reviews news articles by day and does laps at the pool by night as a dedicated swimmer.

Many other news editors balance their time with another hobby such as Mater Dei High School EIC Kate Wasson, San Joaquin Memorial High School EIC Victoria Vidales, Sage Hill School Associate Editor Christina Acevedo and El Toro High School EIC Annie Palos, who spend their time outside the newsroom doing activities like observing current politics, cheerleading and studying environmental science.

Although they have different interests outside the newsroom, that doesn’t mean they don’t tend to responsibilities inside of it. The lingering responsibilities of the newspaper are a hefty burden for editors.

For El Monte High School EIC Angel Miranda, it’s the lack of staff and support that prompted him to double as a writer, reporter and designer.

Known for being a personal Uber driver among her friends, Downey High School EIC Miranda Ramirez hopes to drive her newspaper to new heights, as she looks to put ink to paper and push for her school to print paper newspapers once again.

Dealing with controversy is becoming a common responsibility for Newbury Park High School EIC’s Nina Chiuchiarelli and Victoria Juan. Last year saw a district-wide change of policy guidelines for journalism because of a story that was by published by the Newbury Park High School Prowler deemed “controversial” by school officials.

Sage Hill School editor Isabella Mora also encounters obstacles. However, her struggles do not hail from other people. Instead, she struggles with herself as she is still conforming to life in California. Mora is from Ecuador and recently relocated to the United States two years ago, spending her first year in Florida. She hopes to better her craft despite the roadblocks in her life.

“Becoming a better writer will inspire my peers to do the same,” Mora said.

Mora’s goal for her newspaper staff is ultimately the goal of every EIC. A better staff will produce a better paper, and it is the editor’s job to ensure that everyone is striving for the best paper possible.

LBCC: How to get there and where to stay

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Click on the map for driving directions.


Courtyard by Marriott Long Beach AirportAs Long Beach City College is only a few blocks from the Long Beach Airport, there are several hotels within walking distance. We recommend the Marriott Courtyard at 3841 Lakewood Blvd, Long Beach, 90808. This is about five blocks from campus and includes eight restaurants on the property. Visit the website for details on the room options and hotel amenities. You may call reservations directly at 562-354-6812.


Going into competition—why that’s important

Nothing is quite as much fun as seeing more than 200 high school journalists in a 8 a.m. Saturday morning “casting call” for the best in the area at one of the regional writeoff competitions. Their spirit is contagious and if you’ve never been to a competition like this, try it next year. Whether you have two students interested or 20, show up and give it a first-time try this month—three meet last Saturday, Feb. 27 (see below) and the South Bay group will meet this Saturday, March 5.

Award-winning yearbook/feature photo from the OCJEA 2016 writeoffs by Keeyum Jackie Nam, Sage Hill School.
Award-winning yearbook/feature photo from the OCJEA 2016 writeoffs by Keeyum Jackie Nam, Sage Hill School.

My theory is that student journalists work all year to help the student body at their schools become informed and entertained. These writeoff competitions, sponsored by regions of the Journalism Education Association, are the first time students can win awards for themselves—as writers, editors, photographers, designers—in both newspapers and yearbook. The cost of competition is small and the value is to also enroll as a member ofthe local JEA group and its nationwide parent organization.

The Orange County JEA competition is usually at Fullerton College and the NLAJEA competition at Cal State Northridge. Redondo Union High School is the South Bay location. For other writeoff information, go to and look at their list of 2016 writeoff locations.

I’ll give you an example of what happens from last year’s OCJEA competition that Iattended with 15 of my Sage Hill School students.—

  • newswriters, cartoonists and editorial writers heard a live presentation from former Sen. Gloria Romero and a Fullerton high school assistant principal on the two sides of the initiation of the Parent Trigger (school choice) Law at Palm Lane Elementary School in Anaheim and how parent advocacy impacts educational rights.
  • feature writers heard a former People Magazine online site manager on how tech is changing the face of journalism content
  • critical reviewers saw the pilot episode of a 25-year-old comedy, “The Wonder Years,” which was being re-released the next month on T.V.

. . .and that is how it goes. Each writing area has a speaker or presentation to “cover”and then write about in one hour!

  • Photographers roam and take shots and upload their two best after two hours. Both yearbook and newspaper designers complete create layouts from selected materials in two hours.

It’s fast and it’s fun and then you wait.

While the “competition part” is over by 11:30 a.m. the professional judges do not finish until around 3:30 p.m. when everyone reassembles after leisurely lunches, touring the campus or surrounding areas or going home and returning for the awards presentation.

Awards are given in all categories—most with 10 honors—and the top 10 in news, sports, features and editorials are eligible to go on to the state competition, this year on March 12 at Rancho Dominguez High School.

Students in the other categories may sign up for the state competition without prequalifiying—critical review, yearbook (two teams of two) and novice news writers are all invited. There is still time to enter these.

Top photo:  Award-winning news photo from the OCJEA 2016 writeoffs by Sahar Emtiaz, Sage Hill School.