Plan on joining us this fall at San Jose State University for the 2019 Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference.

When: Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019

Where: San Jose State University, One Washington Square., San Jose, CA 95192. The conference is hosted this year by San Jose State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and will be held in Dwight Bentel Hall. Here is a map of the campus.

Cost: $50 per student/faculty delegate and includes lunch.

Deadline to Register: Monday, Oct. 28.

Late Registration: After Oct. 28 the fee will be $60 per person. Although we will try to feed everyone if we have adequate notice, lunch cannot be guaranteed for late delegates registering onsite.

Name changes: Free for on-time registrations through Nov. 7. After Nov. 7, there will be a $10 late name change fee (not applicable to late registrations).

Registration: Register here. Advisers should register their entire delegation by using the “add guest” function in the registration tool. Please do not register student delegates with separate registrations. NOTE: There are no refunds. Requests for a registration cancellation or credit will be honored only through the regular registration deadline. There are no credits for no-shows.

Behavior Policy: Please download a copy of the behavior policy and associated forms that must be signed by each delegate (one per) and handed in at registration.

Computers: Colleges must bring at least two laptop computers and USB flash drives for entrants in writing contests. All laptops must have Microsoft Word 2010 or later and power cords. No Alpha Smarts will be used.

Contests: Five on-the-spot contests are tentatively planned for the NorCal conference this year: Tentatively they will be News Writing, Opinion Writing, News Photo, Editorial Cartoon and a multiple-choice Copy Editing test, but this is subject to change. Check the schedule when it is posted.

Workshops: There will be a series of workshops from professionals in the industry and editor roundtables. A schedule will be available once workshop speakers have been confirmed.

Other: Representatives from Northern California transfer institutions will be on hand to answer questions about their journalism and mass communication programs.

Special needs: Advisers registering students with special needs should consult with the Disabled Students Program and Services office, or similar department, on their own campuses about providing student support for the college-sponsored field trip to the conference. In addition, please email JACC NorCal Faculty Representative Cecilia Deck with details.

Hotels: Please note that JACC is not providing hotel room blocks or special room rates.


This is where you'll find the preliminary conference schedule and detailed information about presentations/speakers/workshops, contests, etc.


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Alexander Shebanow is an award-winning filmmaker from the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2013, he began work on his directorial debut feature, Fail State, an expansive documentary exposé on predatory for-profit colleges and worsening inequality in American higher education. Executive produced by Dan Rather, the film premiered in the fall of 2017 to packed houses at the Austin Film Festival and DOC NYC, garnering strong press attention, film festival awards, and rave reviews in The Los Angeles Times, The Guardian, and The Wall Street Journal. Fail State debuted to 30 million subscribers on STARZ on December 17, 2018.


Workshop: JOURNALISM 2020-2040

Phylis West Johnson

Dean of Journalism, San Jose State Univ.

Dr. Phylis West Johnson is author of several books, with an emphasis in future media and diversity studies. She has presented internationally, and has more than 20 years of media industry experience.


Rachele Kanigel

Journalism Dept. Chair, San Francisco State Univ.

Rachele is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University, where she teaches writing, reporting and media entrepreneurship classes and advises the award-winning student newspaper. She was a daily newspaper reporter for 15 years and has written for magazines and websites, including TIME, U.S. News & World Report, Health, San Francisco Magazine and MediaShift. She is the author of The Student Newspaper Survival Guide.

Workshop description:
Wheelchair-bound. Same-sex marriage. All Lives Matter. It's easy for campus media to offend people, even when they're trying to be more inclusive in their coverage. In this interactive session the editor of The Diversity Style Guide will help you write with accuracy and sensitivity about a diverse world.

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