News and Calendar of Events

 
 
 
Mentorship Program for Ad and PR Students: The department will match PR/Ad students with professional mentors. Make some connections and get an inside look into the professions. For more information, go to: http://www.fresnostate.edu/artshum/mcj/news/mentors.html
 
 
 

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Department Annual Events and Celebrations

Cineculture

CineCulture logo

CineCulture is a film series offered as a three-unit academic course in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department. CineCulture provides a service to the Fresno State campus students, faculty and staff, and community. Everyone is welcome to attend.

CineCulture is also a campus club. The CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.

CINECULTURE SPRING 2020 LINEUP

Film Screenings Fridays 5:30 p.m. Peters Education Center Auditorium (West of Save-Mart Center in the Student Recreation Center Building).

All films screened on campus are free and open to the public.

Parking is not enforced after 4 p.m. on Fridays.

CineCulture is a film series provided as a service to Fresno State campus students, faculty, and staff, and community. CineCulture is also offered as a 3 unit academic course (MCJ 179) in the Media, Communications and Journalism Department. CineCulture fulfills General Education Integration Area Multicultural International (MI). For students entering Fresno State Fall 2018, the course satisfies a university graduation requirement.


CineCulture Club promotes cultural awareness through film and post-screening discussions.
Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please contact us in advance to your participation.

For further information about CineCulture: http://cineculture.csufresno.edu/
CineCulture Club invites invite you to like us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and check the club website for film updates.
Contact: Dr. Mary Husain (Instructor & Club Adviser) at mhusain@csufresno.edu

CAH Convocation

Media, Communications and Journalism faculty annually celebrates with MCJ graduates at the College of Arts and Humanities Convocation.

Gruner Journalism Awards Banquet

GrunerAwardPhotoThe George F. Gruner Awards for Meritorious Public Service in Journalism annually recognize outstanding community service in newspaper journalism in the central San Joaquin Valley. The awards, which honor Mr. Gruner, a former executive editor of The Fresno Bee, rank among the top journalism honors in the state.

The McClatchy Company established the Gruner awards in 1989. The Department of Media, Communications and Journalism coordinates the awards, including the call for submissions and the judging.

Here are the 2021 winners:

HIGH SCHOOLS

Best news story

Winner -- Johanna Ziegler

Minarets Press

 

Best profile story

Winner -- Hazel Taintor

Minarets Press

 

 

BEST COLUMN

Weeklies

Honorable mention – Greg Little and Nicole W. Little

Mariposa Gazette

 

 

Winner – Jon Hammond

Tehachapi News

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Silas Lyons

Visalia Times-Delta

 

Winner – Garth Stapley

The Modesto Bee

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – Robert Price

The Bakersfield Californian

 

Winner – Marek Warszawski

The Fresno Bee

 

BEST SPORTS PHOTO

Weeklies

Winner – Nick Smirnoff

Tehachapi News

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Noe Garcia

Hanford Sentinel

 

 

Winner – Ron Holman

Visalia Times-Delta

 

 

Large newspapers

Winner – Alex Horvath

The Bakersfield Californian

 

 

BEST SPORTS STORY

Weeklies

Winner – Ron Stapp

Tehachapi News

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Vongni Yang

Visalia Times-Delta

 

Winner – Julian A. Lopez

The Modesto Bee

 

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – Anthony Galaviz

The Fresno Bee

 

Winner – Clay Cunningham

The Bakersfield Californian

 

BEST NEWS/FEATURE PHOTO

Weeklies

Honorable mention – Nicole W. Little

Mariposa Gazette

 

Winner – Nick Smirnoff

Tehachapi News

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Ron Holman

Visalia Times-Delta

 

Winner – Andy Alfaro

The Modesto Bee

 

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – Craig Kohlruss

The Fresno Bee

 

Winner – Alex Horvath

The Bakersfield Californian

 

 

BEST FEATURE STORY

Weeklies

Honorable mention – Greg Little

Mariposa Gazette

 

Winner – Jeremiah Martinez

Selma Enterprise/Kingsburg Recorder

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Noe Garcia

Hanford Sentinel

 

Winner – James Ward

Visalia Times-Delta

 

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – Stacey Shepard

The Bakersfield Californian

 

Winner – Carmen George

The Fresno Bee

 

BEST NEWS STORY

Weeklies

Honorable mention – Jessica Weston an Lauren Jennings

The Ridgecrest Independent

 

 

Winner – Edward Smith

The Business Journal

 

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Erin Tracy

The Modesto Bee

 

Winner – James Ward

Visalia Times-Delta

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – John Cox,  Steven Mayer and Quinn Wilson

The Bakersfield Californian

 

 

Winner – Yesenia Amaro

The Fresno Bee

 

PUBLIC SERVICE

Weeklies

 

Honorable mention – Frank Lopez

Business Journal

 

Winner – Darla A. Baker

Tehachapi News

 

Small newspapers

Honorable mention – Sheyanne N Romero

Visalia Times-Delta

 

Winner – Ken Carlson, Kristin Lam and Garth Stapley

The Modesto Bee

 

Large newspapers

Honorable mention – Stacey Shepard

The Bakersfield Californian

 

Winner – Monica Vaughan, Nathalie Vera and Dayana Jiselle

The Fresno Bee

 

About Mr. Gruner

George F. Gruner retired in April 1988 after a career in journalism covering 46 years, including 33 years on the news staff of The Fresno Bee. Before joining The Bee, he worked for 10 years as a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and two years as a copy editor on the civilian staff of the European Edition of The Stars and Stripes, the armed services newspaper published in Germany.

After a year on the copy desk at The Fresno Bee, Gruner was named assistant city editor in 1956 and city editor in 1961. He served as assistant managing editor in 1970, became managing editor in 1971 and executive editor in 1981.

Gruner was a figure in a Freedom of the Press issue in 1976 when, as a member of the “Fresno Four,” he was jailed for contempt of court for refusing a judge's order to reveal a confidential source of information used in The Fresno Bee's news stories concerning a city official. He and three other members of The Bee's staff refused to reveal the source and spent 15 days in custody before being released. The “Fresno Four” received wide support from journalists and many other individuals and organizations throughout the United States for upholding the right to maintain confidential sources.

Since his retirement, Gruner has written two books, a history of the battleship USS California and another on the coastal passenger liners Yale and Harvard.

Hall of Fame Induction

Visit the Alumni Link to view our MCJ Hall of Fame Inductees and look at photos from the ceremony.  

MCJ Day

MCJ Day is designed to make high school students more aware of the department's five options. Guest speakers and panelists discussed the options and professional development.   

Roger Tatarian Journalism Symposium

Periodically the MCJ Department will host Roger Tatarian Journalism Symposia. These events bring in top-notch national and international journalists to share with the campus and broader community about important issues of the day. The Roger Tatarian Journalism Chair coordinates the symposia. 

Scholarship Reception

For more information about the reception or scholarships, contact Prof. Faith Sidlow, MCJ Scholarship Chair, at fmsidlow@csufresno.edu