Journalism & Public Relations
Greetings and welcome to the CSULB Department of Journalism & Public Relations. We are a department of more than 30 faculty and staff committed to excellence 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 Journalism with a specialization in public relations, a Minor in Journalism and a Minor in Public Relations.
JPR students will create the first bilingual edition of DIG MAG in the department’s history this spring. The initiative is a collaboration between Professor Teresa Puente’s JOUR 495/Enterprise Reporting and Professor Robin Jones’s JOUR 480/Magazine Writing classes. The 2019 Bateman Team will compete in the premiere national case study competition for public relations students. The department also welcomes new faculty member Justin Richmond this semester. Richmond is a former NPR reporter who is currently lead producer for the music podcast Broken Record. A few exciting spring 2019 internships include Asjia Garner at the Obama Foundation in Chicago, Helen Sandoval at Shout Public Relations, and Jessica Jacobs at the CSULB Office of the Provost. Meanwhile, JPR students are studying abroad this semester in Ireland, Denmark and Spain.
Journalism and Public Relations Day, our signature annual event, will be Thursday, April 18 from 8AM-2PM in the USU Ballrooms. This year’s theme is “The New Hollywood Hierarchy: Journalism, Public Relations and Entertainment Media in the Age of Influencers.” Legendary Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman is scheduled to be the keynote speaker, and our networking room will be filled again with esteemed professionals such as ABC7’s Sid Garcia and Tracy Boucher of the Los Angeles Times who will offer one-on-one career advice and mentoring to JPR students.