Staff

KONNIE KRISLOCK, newspapers2 director

Konnie has been involved in high school journalism since high school and she now advises publications at Sage Hill School in Newport Coast, California. Her passion is the student voice and freedom of expression in scholastic journalism. She travels the Southern California area, and sometimes nationally, to speak on behalf of staffs and advisers who need her help with First Amendment issues. She helped craft the original language for Ed Code 48907 back in 1977 and was named in a legislative amendment to that law in 2010.

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CHRIS VIOLA

Chris has been the photo, online and design adviser for the LBCC Viking News since 2012. Chris worked at the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Florida for 7 years as a photojournalist and advertising videographer. He studied at Long Beach City College and graduated from the journalism program of San Francisco State University in 2002 after interning at 5 different award-winning newspapers. Chris recently oversaw the student redesign of the Viking News print and online publications. His work can be seen at chrisviolavisuals.com.

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JESSICA YOUNG

Jessie advises the student media powerhouse at Orange Glen High School. Her programs are home to 175 students in yearbook, newspaper, video production and photography. The Musket newspaper and Torch yearbook have been recognized nationally for their excellence under Young’s advisership. Young was recognized as a JEA Rising Star in 2012.

Young is also the San Diego Journalism Education Assocation President. She co-chaired the 2014 JEA/NSPA National Convention in San Diego and was on the local committee for the 2016 convention in Los Angeles. Young teaches at various workshops throughout the summer, including the Washington Journalism and Media Conference and a variety of Walsworth Publishing events.

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garym_headshot1GARY METZKER

Gary has been a full-time lecturer at Cal State Long Beach since 2008 and an adjunct professor at Golden West College and Chapman University. He has also taught at El Camino College. Metzker is design adviser for Long Beach’s Pacemaker and Pinnacle Award-winning Daily 49er as well as Dig Magazine’s design adviser.

Metzker started in the newspaper business by delivering the Sunday Philadelphia Bulletin, then working at the Wilmington (Del.) News Journal at age 17.

He received his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1976 from the University of Missouri and his master’s in Communications in 2013 from California State University Fullerton. Metzker has worked at newspapers in Delaware, Missouri, Florida and California. For almost 25 years, he worked at the Los Angeles Times in positions ranging from sports news editor, metro news editor, A1 editor and Senior Editor.

During that time, Metzker was a member of four Pulitzer Prize-winning staff awards for breaking and spot news and was the designer for stories that earned a photographer the Pulitzer for photography and a writer the Pulitzer for best feature. Metzker has also won two Los Angeles Press Club awards and two Medals of Excellence from the Society for News Design.

Metzker teaches Media Design, Introduction to Mass Communications, Writing Across the Media, Reporting and Information Gathering, Introduction to Sports Journalism, Multimedia Journalism and Magazine Production at Cal State Long Beach.

In 2013, Metzker was selected Journalism Educator of the Year by the California Journalism Education Coalition. Metzker has presented seminars and workshops for the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, California College Media Association, College Media Association, Associated Collegiate Press, National Scholastic Press Association and the Journalism Education Association. He is the outreach chairman for the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, working with high school newspaper staffs in Los Angeles and Orange counties and he instructs at newspapers2 high school journalism boot camps during the summer. Metzker was editor-in-residence at the Salem (Ore.) Statesman-Journal in 2013.

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PATRICK MCKEAN

Pat is the student news adviser, the journalism program coordinator and a journalism professor at Long Beach City College. Students in his program won four top awards in 2015 at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state convention and regional conference: two first place on-the spot awards and general excellence for the Viking print edition and City magazine. He has advised the Viking newspaper for 28 years after working as a reporter, copy editor, city editor, news editor and managing editor at professional newspapers for 12 years.

Professor McKean’s freelance column is published occasionally in the Long Beach Press-Telegram and he has continued his journalism work in the field through special projects at the Los Angeles TimesOrange County Register and the Press-Telegram. He has covered special events attended by Presidents Clinton and Reagan and been in the press box for all Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim baseball playoff games in 2008 and 2009. Professor McKean also has written about the Oscars and a multitude of other subjects. He also has authored a non-fiction book about a murder case. His breaking-news story assignment for finals exams is legendary. The former professional journalist twice has been named teacher of the year at Long Beach City College among 1,000 faculty members and was awarded with participation at two national conferences on excellence in teaching.

The USC journalism graduate also earned a master’s degree at California State University, Long Beach. His daughter and son successfully attend college in Southern California.

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MaryAnne Shults

MARYANNE SHULTS

MaryAnne is the co-adviser for the Lariat , the student-run news publication and Orange Appeal, the news magazine at Saddleback College. She began as an associate professor in spring 2013. She has also taught video journalism and interactive media design, as well as production classes emphasizing journalism infusing blogging, social media, data reporting, and investigative reporting. She also teaches an online section of Mass Media and Society and is also a media writing instructor at California State University, Fullerton – Irvine Campus.

She graduated graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Communications from California State University, Fullerton and completed her M.A. in Communications at CSUF as well. She is a member of Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society, which recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communication. She returned to college after her children were in high school and she was free to pursue her passion of writing. She attended Saddleback College prior to transferring to CSUF, where she concentrated on print and visual journalism.

She is co-owner of a web development business, which she initially started with her husband in 1994. She has also worked in the health care field and has served in many volunteer positions, including V.P. of Communications for the Fourth District of the California State PTA. She currently works in motorsports public relations and is also a freelance health communications specialist.

Shults lives in Mission Viejo with her husband John and their two children. Her passions include any form of motorsports especially performance rally racing and Formula One. She is currently researching several family genealogies and hopes to publish a book about her illustrious ancestors. She grew up outside of Rochester, New York, and still calls the area “home.”

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MICHELLE SAREMI

Michelle only briefly hesitated in accepting an English teaching position at Newbury Park High School in 2007 because it came with one slight stipulation—to also take over the journalism program.

Her first four months as a journalism teacher and adviser were rough. The 12 students were used to publishing an 8-page, black and white newspaper four times a year. The staff was small and they only had four computers, which barely functioned, plus Saremi’s only journalism experience was reading the L.A. Times and The Washington Post on a weekly basis. Fortunately with her principal’s support and connections to experienced journalism instructors, Newspapers2, NSPA, and the JEA mentor program, Saremi built a successful and award-winning journalism program that continues to thrive, and subsequently landed her the position as the yearbook adviser in addition to her other journalism courses.

For the last 10 years, Saremi has taught Advanced and Intro Journalism and advised The Panther Prowler print and online newspaper. She has also advised the 368 page Pawprint Yearbook for the last four years. Her Prowler staff of 25 produces a 16 page broadsheet newspaper every three weeks and an online newspaper every two weeks. They have won local and national awards including ASPA first place, NSPA Best of Show placement, NSPA Pacemaker Finalist and an NSPA Pacemaker award. Saremi continues to take her two publication staffs each year to the NSPA/JEA High School Journalism Conventions and newspapers2 because she believes that students benefit most from multiple journalistic opportunities.

As an adviser of two prominent publications and an educator who has had to fight for her students journalistic rights and freedom of expression, Saremi has become an expert in organizing successful staffs who are knowledgeable of their journalism rights and responsibilities.