Journalism Dept. Still Striving for Excellence


November was a month to remember for City College of San Francisco’s Department of Journalism. The department received national and regional awards for the students’ steadfast work in their bi-weekly newspaper publication, the Guardsman. Department Chair Juan Gonzales was honored by the city and state for his ongoing efforts to educate young aspiring journalists.

Guardsman staff won 11 awards, including general excellence, at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges regional conference in Sacramento on Nov. 7. Three Guardsman staff members placed in on-the-spot competition, including a first place award for Editorial Cartoon by Serina Mercado. Eight staffers won awards for previously submitted stories and photos.

During a Nov. 12 reception in CCSF’s Rosenberg Library commemorating the 80th anniversary of the Guardsman, state Assemblyman David Chiu presented Gonzales with a certificate of recognition, highlighting his contribution to “the history and fabric of City College and [his] commitment to inspiring, cultivating and energizing our city’s next generation of journalists.”

On Nov. 19 the department, in collaboration with the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, hosted a resume and interview workshop for prospective internships and jobs in journalism. “Our collaboration with the NAHJ was a great feat and brought a number of journalists to work with students and aiding them toward career goals” Gonzales said.

The state legislature and Mayor Ed Lee honored Gonzales on Nov. 20 for finding the bilingual news publication, El Tecolote, 45 years ago in the Mission District. Over 200 people attended the ceremony at the Grand Mission Theatre, where Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed Nov. 20 as “El Tecolote Day”.

The Guardsman staff looks forward to attending the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state conference this spring.

The course list for Spring 2016 Journalism classes at City College can be found here.

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