Journalism & Public Relations
Greetings and welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are a department of close to 40 faculty and staff committed to student success in media education. We are accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications, and we offer four academic programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism, a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
We’re not going to let the pandemic stop us from serving and celebrating JPR students, especially new students. We are thrilled to welcome over the summer more than 100 transfer students from community colleges across the great state of California. The fall 2020 JPR transfer cohort will participate in SOAR orientation workshops in early July, and we will have special “Getting to Know JPR @ The Beach” virtual sessions throughout the summer. Meanwhile, JPR faculty are enhancing their teaching skills to prepare for an Alternative Modes of Instruction fall, and JPR technology coordinator Dan Olsen is working on a digital locker system so JPR students will have at a distance access to multimedia tools for their coursework.
Spring 2020 In Review
The spring 2020 semester was a memorable one not only because of the mass move to online instruction brought on by COVID-19, but also because the department was reaccredited. The department met all of ACEJMC’s standards with flying colors following a site visit and external review in early February. Go team JPR! Also in spring, the Daily Forty-Niner and DIG Mag continued their winning streak picking up 22 California College Media Association Awards, and two exciting and esteemed professionals joined the faculty, Steve Rohr and Sona Patel. Rohr runs his owns public relations firm and served as show publicist for the Academy Awards. Patel is a Sr. Audience editor for The New York Times, a role at the intersection of social media, editorial and analytics in journalism.