News Archive

Passing of notable MCJ alum Anthony Marquez

MCJ is sorry to learn of the passing of Anthony Marquez, a bureau chief for the Associated Press. Marquez, a former editor for The Daily Collegian, was honored as a Top Dog in 2015. Read his obituary here

Passing of Beloved Professor George Flynn

MCJ is saddened to share the news of the passing of professor emeritus George Flynn. He was a member of the Journalism faculty from 1985-2000. Read his beautiful obituary here


CSU Media Arts Festival Finalists

(September 1, 2016)

For the second year in a row, Fresno State MCJ broadcast journalism and multimedia production students are finalists in the CSU Media Arts Festival! Here are the three entries that have been selected: Natalie Nigg's Global News Relay glitch promo; Audrianna Ferri's Brian Cade Local Artist; and Fabiola Ramirez's Bulldog Blimp. Congratulations to Natalie, Audrianna, and Fabiola. 
Winners will be announced at the CSU Media Arts Festival at Cal State Los Angeles November 5 . 

APTRA Journalism Competition Winners

(June 20, 2016) Congratulations to our broadcast journalism and multimedia students who won First Place awards in the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) contest, which recognizes excellence in broadcast journalism in the western United States. They competed against journalism students in 13 states.

Sierra Downey won Best Student Radio Feature for her radio report "Netflix and Chill."

Fabiola Ramirez (Broadcast/Multimedia, May '16) won Best Student TV Photography for her Fresno State Focus report "Bulldog Blimp."

Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Award Winners

(May 2, 2016) Congratulations to our broadcast journalism students who were recognized by the Society of Professional Journalists with a First Place award for Best All-Around Television Newscast during the 2015 Mark of Excellence Awards winners from Region 11. The MOE Awards honor the best of collegiate journalism from a calendar year. Students who worked on the Global News Relay newscast that won first place include: Angelica Lei Lani (Dec. '15), Xitlaly Ocampo (Dec. '15), James Barnes (May '15), and Rodney Mathews (May '15)

SPJ’s Region 11 comprises Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Honorees received award certificates the weekend of April 30 at the Region 11 Spring Conference in Phoenix, Ariz. First-place winners will move on to the national MOE competition among category winners from the 12 SPJ regions.

Entries are judged by professionals with at least three years of journalism experience. The awards honor the best in student journalism. As such, judges were directed to choose only those entries they felt were outstanding work worthy of such an honor. If the judges determined that none of the entries rose to the level of excellence, no award was given. Any category not listed has no winner.

School divisions are based on student enrollment, which includes both graduate and undergraduate enrollment: Large schools have at least 10,000 students and small schools have 9,999 or fewer students.

APTRA Journalism Competition Winners

(May 1, 2015) Congratulations to our Spring 2014 Fresno State Focus broadcast option students! They won First Place awards in the Associated Press Television and Radio Association (APTRA) contest, which recognizes excellence in broadcast journalism in the western United States. They competed against journalism students in 13 states.

Martin Vargas (MCJ Broadcast '15) won Best Feature for his report "California Drought Impact: Running out of Water."

Megan Rupe (MCJ Broadcast '14) won Best General News for her story "Tabletop Exercise: University prepares for active shooter situation."

Megan, Tamara Hill (MCJ Broadcast '14) & Yocelin Gallardo (MCJ Broadcast '14) won Best Newscast for their April 2, 2014 Fresno State Focus broadcast.

Multimedia Award of Merit Winners

Congratulations to MCJ alumna Melanie Daniel and seniors Andrea Guyton, Belen Gomez and Elsa Mejia for winning an Award of Merit from the Accolade Global Film Competition for their MCJ 115 documentary, "Bully: The Story of the Rock Dog." This documentary tells the story of a pitbull's transformation with the help of the Fresno Bully Rescue. 
2/26/15 - Fresno State MCJ Media Law Instructor Faith Sidlow explains today's FCC ruling on net neutrality:
"Today the FCC made a landmark decision regarding the regulation of high speed internet by approving the net neutrality policy. Supporters of The Open Internet Order are celebrating, because it means Internet service providers cannot control the speed of the Internet.
To the Internet service providers, this policy means the Internet is now a public utility and it can be regulated. It is probable that in the future we will see cases where Internet providers will take the government to court and try to stop any type of regulations. The ISPs are saying that they expect to see fees to go up because of government regulation. All of that remains to be seen right now, because nothing will go into effect at this point. The good news is that Netflix speeds will not change and consumers will still be allowed to watch Hulu. In fact, the consumer probably will not notice a difference."

The Collegian
 wins statewide honors

The Collegian staff won eight awards this year in the California College Media Association's annual college journalism competition. Fresno state's student news organization won seven awards in 2014. 

 New Book on North Korea Published by Stanford -- with Introduction by our MCJ Tatarian Professor Bradley Martin

MCJ Alumni Ray Steele, Jr. Honored
Ray Steele, Jr. (1968), the former publisher of The Fresno Bee, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Leon S. Peters Award.

Presented by the Greater Fresno Area Chamber of Commerce, the award honors accomplishments, personal and public service that exemplifies the “spirit of an enlightened, responsible free enterprise system.” The award will be presented at the 36th Annual Valley Business Awards Luncheon held on March 11th at the New Exhibit Hall of the Fresno Convention Center.

Steele was named an Outstanding Alumnus by the Fresno State Alumni Association on behalf of the College of Arts & Humanities in 2005; and he was inducted into Fresno State’s Mass Communication & Journalism Hall of Fame in 2012.

Study by Dr. Pierce referenced in The Atlantic

A study by MCJ professor Dr. Tamyra Pierce was referenced in January by The Atlantic, a magazine based in Washington, D.C. Dr. Pierce’s study found a link between increased social anxiety and the increased use of technology. To learn more, the article can be found at:

Prof. Therkelsen one of three profs chosen for Fresno State Talks

MCJ's Prof. Jes Therkelsen will present the first of three "Fresno State Talks" on Thursday, Feb. 12. Professors were nominated by students and each lecture will explore the topics of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. Therkelsen's talk is titled, “The stories we weave, the stories we believe, and the stories we leave behind.” Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and the lecture begins at 7 p.m. in the Satellite Student Union. 



Application review begins Nov. 1, 2014. 

The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism at California State University, Fresno is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor in Advertising/Strategic Communication. Click here for job announcement. Click here for details re: how to apply.

Two MCJ students win APTRA's Best General News Award

June 24, 2014

Mass communication and journalism students G.J. Glutz and Ashley Monk received the 2014 Best General News Award in the student category from the Associated Press Television Radio Association for their Fresno State Focus report on international students at Fresno State.

They competed against journalism students from 13 states in the competition that recognizes excellence in broadcast journalism among APTRA members in the western United States. Dale Yurong of KFSN ABC 30 won first place in the Best News Writing category (Class 2).

Read the rest of the story here:

Students get a T.A.S.T.E. of the future

April 26, 2013

MCJ Dept. Alumni logoMCJ students will get a "taste" of their future on Wednesday, May 1 when professionals take a student to eat (T.A.S.T.E.).

T.A.S.T.E. gives students a chance to spend the morning shadowing a professional in their field of study, followed by an afternoon with a networking luncheon at Pardini’s.

At the lunch, Fresno Advertising Federation students will present their National Student Advertising Competition campaign sponsored by Glidden Paint.

MCJ Joins the March of Dimes Campaign for 2012

December 28, 2011

The MCJ department has joined with the university to take part in the 2012 March of Dimes’ March for Babies. Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. We are walking in the April, 2012 “March for Babies” because we want to do something about this. And we need your help. MOD Team MCJ

We hope you’ll support the MCJ Team by either making a pledge and/or joining our team to walk in April. You can make an easy, secure donation by clicking on the ‘donate now’ button on our webpage.
Your gift will support March of Dimes research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And it will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care. The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth, and infant mortality.

Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!

If you have questions, please contact:
Tamyra Pierce at
Betsy Hays at

MCJ Students Win Accolade Awards

October 17, 2011

Congratulations to our MCJ Electronic Media Production students who were recently honored with Accolade awards. Matt Mealer and students in Studio A
Matt Mealer & Garrett Horn won 2 Accolades for their “Studio A Episode 1.5″ (part of MCJ 119 class in Spring 2011). The project received Awards of Merit for entertainment/drama/dance/variety and direction.

Lisa Talley & Phillip Bergman won an Accolade for their short film “Mad World” (part of class project in MCJ 113 class in fall 2010). Lisa and Phillip received an Award of Merit for their short film.
MadWorld by Lisa Talley and Phillip Bergman
Lisa Talley and short film Mad World

If you didn’t get a chance to see these wonderful pieces of work at our showcase last semester, check out these clips.

Congratulations to our incredible MCJ students!! You make us all proud. Keep up the good work!

MCJ Students and Alumnus Awarded at Top Dog Alumni Gala

October 16, 2011

On October 14, 2011, the Top Dog Alumni Gala was held in the Save Mart Center. It was a beautiful evening and started with the awarding of 85 Scholarships. Of these, it was wonderful to see several of our MCJ students honored as recipients. One of these scholarships was the newly formed Dr. Roberta Asahina Advertising Scholarship, which was put together with the help of Jan Edwards.

Anna Gonzales and Dr. Roberta Asahina
Congratulations to our MCJ students who were honored with scholarships at this prestigious event.
Anna Gonzales was awarded the newly formed “Dr. Roberta Asahina Advertising Scholarship.
Ben Ingersoll
was the recipient of the Nathan Hathaway Collegian Scholarship.

Ben IngersollLucertito Salgado (no picture available) received the Chicano Alumni Chapter Scholarship.

After the the scholarships were awarded, our alumnus, Bob Ritter, was presented the outstanding alumnus from the College of Arts andHumanities. He graciously acknowledged Professor Emeritus, Jim Tucker, and thanked him for the life-long impact he has had on Bob as a student and professional.

Bob Ritter

Congratulations to all our MCJ students, Dr. Asahina and Bob Ritter.

Seasoned Journalist Bob Ritter to Visit with MCJ Students

October 11, 2011

We are happy to announce the upcoming visit of seasoned journalist Bob Ritter on October 14th in ED172 at 9 a.m.. Mr. Ritter will visit with MCJ students and share his years of experience and provide useful tips about the future of the industry. Bob Ritter
Bob Ritter is a journalist whose passion and commitment for his craft endures after more than 38 years as a reporter, editor and publisher of newspapers and magazines. Ritter's career has taken him from its beginnings in the San Joaquin Valley to Reno, Denver, Washington, D.C., New York and Seattle. Recently, he was named professional in residence and director of Student Media of the Manship School of Communication at Louisiana State University.

Ritter believes that high quality journalism Ð journalism practiced responsibly with utmost care for accuracy and fairness Ð is critical to preserving and improving our cherished democracy. That philosophy has guided him from his first reporting job in Visalia to executive editor of The Denver Post, president and editor of Gannett News Service in Washington, D.C., and editor of The Journal News in suburban New York City.

Publications under Ritter's direction have been praised not only for precise day-to-day news coverage, but also for their award winning investigative reporting. Gannett News Service received the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting during Ritter's tenure. He has directed coverage of presidential campaigns, Congress, four World Series, two Super Bowls and countless major news stories including the 1990 Persian Gulf War.

Ritter has served as national president of the Associated Press Managing Editors Association and as chairman of the Stanford Editors Conference. He has been a discussion leader at the American Press Institute and a lecturer at the National Judicial College. He also served as a Pulitzer Prize juror on several occasions.

Ritter graduated from Fresno State in 1972 with a major in Radio-Television.

CNN Director Victor Hernandez Visits MCJ Department

October 8, 2011

This past week, October 3, 2011, we were thrilled to have Victor Hernandez, Director of Domestic Newsgathering at CNN/U.S., visit the MCJ department and share some time with our students. Victor Hernandez and StudentsThe students had the opportunity to get great advice from Victor and hear about his road to success. Victor said of his visit with MCJ students, “Sharp kids and I love hearing about where the MCJ program is taking risks, pushing ahead… Thanks for the invitation to visit with students in classrooms that I still carry such fond memories of.” We always enjoy having Victor come and visit with us and we look forward to having him join us again in the near future.

"The Popcorn Man"– Keynote speaker at 2011 Convocation

September 14, 2011

James Melikian, the “Popcorn Man” was the keynote speaker at the spring 2011 convocation. Jim Melikian is a graduate of the journalism program at Fresno State and is the owner of “The Popcorn Man” food-vending company. He is a dear friend and supporter of the MCJ department. Read more by clicking on the article posted below.

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2011 MCJ Convocation Video

June 17, 2011

The MCJ department had a remarkable academic year for 2010-2011 and our wonderfully talented students had many accomplishments. This amazing video was made by our MCJ students for the 2011 MCJ convocation. We wish all the best to our students who graduated this spring! Enjoy the video.

2011 Dean’s Medalist Announced

May 1, 2011

The 2011 Dean’s Medalist for the College of Arts & Dean's Medalist Cassidy Smith
Humanities was announced at a ceremony tonight, April 30.
Our very own MCJ student, Cassidy Smith, was named this year’s Dean’s Medalist. The MCJ department is proud of all her accomplishments. Congratulations.

MCJ PR students’ "iCAN, youCAN, weCAN" Salvation Army Food and Can Drive

April 10, 2011

iCAN campaign
MCJ public relations students are campaigning for food and cash donations and trying to raise awareness in the campus community for the Salvation Army's mission with a “iCAN, youCAN, weCAN Fight Hunger” theme April 11-17.

In addition to activities on campus throughout the week, the campaign also has a cell phone text-donation component so anyone on or off campus can text “ICAN” to 80888 to automatically donate $5 to the Salvation Army.

The campaign was designed and implemented by students in Media, Communications and Journalism 159, the “Public Relations Cases & Campaigns” class.

The students will set up tables in the campus Free Speech Area with prizes, local bands and radio station live remote broadcasts 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 11, to Thursday, April 14. Money and canned food will be collected in Salvation Army kettles and barrels on campus and a can sculpture will be built on the ground floor of the Henry Madden Library from donated cans.

Students will staff a booth at Vintage Days Friday, April 15, to Sunday, April 17, and collect money at Fresno State baseball and softball games April 15 and 16.

Eighteen Fresno State academic departments are competing against each other to collect the most food and money for the Salvation Army. The university residence halls also are competing. Several sororities contributed to the campaign by collecting either canned food or money in April.

Details at or via Twitter @iCANfighthunger or Facebook ICAN fight hunger.

For more info: Janeen Walter, student,; Professor Betsy Hays, 559.916.6844/