Students type their entries for writing competitions at CSU Northridge Journalism Day on October 15. (Laila Wheeler / HS Insider)

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At the 30th annual CSUN J-Day, high school students learned from journalism workshops and competitions

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November 11, 2022
More than 90 students attended the 30th annual CSUN Journalism Day on October 15. Students attended workshops led by professional journalists, competed in media contests and learned from keynote speaker Julio Cortez, Associated Press staff photographer and 2021 Pulitzer Prize Winner.

Cortez is a CSUN alumnus and wrote in a tweet, “[So] awesome to be part of this 26 years after I was once a kid attending the same conference. Full circle.”

CSUN’s Department of Journalism hosted the event in collaboration with the Southern California Journalism Education Association, L.A. Times High School Insider with additional support from CalMatters and the LA Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Thank you to the 21 journalists and presenters who volunteered to judge contests, record workshops and meet with the next generation of reporters.

Workshop speakers
Eric Sondheimer, L.A. Times sports reporter
Jaimie Ding, L.A. Times general assignment reporter
Andrew J. Campa, L.A. Times staff writer
Dawn Burkes, L.A. Times fast break desk assistant editor
The Pearl Post Editors Delilah Brumer and Gabrielle Lashley, adviser Adriana Chavira, and moderator Jason Shepard, Cal State Fullerton Communications Department Chair
Mitch Ziegler, JEA California State Director

Contest presenters
Andres Soto, ESPN Project Production Assistant
Ariana Hoshino, filmmaker
Neil Chase, CalMatters CEO
Quinn Hettich, CSUN athlete

Adviser session: Supporting scholastic journalism
Michael Lozano, CalMatters Youth Journalism Initiative Manager
Gaby Doyle, SCJEA President

Competition judges
Andres Soto
Tae Kim
Adriana Guzman
Kate Kotlyar
Julio Cortez
Mitch Ziegler
Jesse Zaragoza
Shehreen Karim
Laila Wheeler
Isabella Balandrán

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Competition winners

Broadcast video
Third place: Hannah Sakai, Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
Second place: Jenica Felicitas, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
First place: Kimberly Fickerson, Foothill Technology High School

Photography
Third place: Jason Arevalo, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
Second place: Ella Chan, Temple City High School
First place: Grant Asner, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

Sports
Honorable mention: Brianna Tong, Temple City High School
Third place: Sam Noah, Foothill Technology High School
Second place: Joshua Zuniga, Maywood Center for Enriched Studies
First place: Ava Nicols, Mira Costa High School

Opinion
Honorable mention: Claire Denne, Temple City High School
Third place: Tessa Shinden, Foothill Technology High School
Second place: Aiden Ford, Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
First place: Delilah Brumer, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

Feature writing
Honorable mention: Keilana Pang, Temple City High School
Third place: Noah Shifter, Temple City High School
Second place: Michelle So, Arcadia High School
First place: Kate North, home school

News
Third place: Elizabeth Rose, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
Second place: Zaineh Saleh, Hollywood High School
First place: Gabrielle Lashley, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School

 

 

Thanks to:

California State University, Northridge Journalism Department
Stephanie Bluestein, Department Chair
Linda Bowen, Professor
Tawnya Castro, Administrative Support Coordinator
Kyle Faber, Information Technology Consultant
Emma Galloway, Student Assistant
Emily Garcera, Student Assistant
Kate Kotlyar, Journalism Student
Jennifer Lu, Administrative Analyst

Southern California Journalism Education Association
Gaby Doyle, President

Greater Los Angeles professional chapter, Society of Professional Journalists
Ashanti Blaize-Hopkins, President

CalMatters
Michael Lozano, Youth Journalism Initiative Manager

Los Angeles Times
Rebecca Castillo, Special Projects Lead, Los Angeles Times High School Insider
Isabella Balandran, Co-Producer, Los Angeles Times High School Insider
Shehreen Karim, Co-Producer, Los Angeles Times High School Insider
Laila Wheeler, Co-Producer, Los Angeles Times High School Insider

and all our presenters, judges and advisers who made J-Day possible

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