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By Justine dela Rosa
Pinnacle Pacemaker AwardsStudents involved with the Daily 49er, DIG Magazine and KBeach Radio all received awards last weekend for their storytelling accomplishments.

DIG Magazine won a 2015 Magazine Pacemaker Finalist Award for its May 2015 issue titled Exploring Sex and Gender: A Special Summer Edition.

The Pacemaker Award, which has been hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press since 1927, recognizes college magazines nationwide for general excellence and outstanding achievement.

Judges made their selections based on the following criteria: quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, showcasing of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.

The Daily 49er and KBeach Radio both received 3rd place Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association. CMA’s Pinnacle Awards honor top-notch college media organizations and outstanding individual work.

Brian Gimmillaro 30th anniversary,” produced by The Daily 49er’s Kelsey Cruz, won the award in the Best Sports Multimedia Story category for highlighting Cal State Long Beach women’s volleyball head coach Brian Gimmillaro’s 30th anniversary of coaching. It gets up close and personal with the coach and features interviews with some of the athletes he has trained, including Olympic champion Misty May-Treanor.

KBeach Radio earned a Pinnacle Award as a broadcast finalist in the Best Station Promo/PSA category. The entry, titled “Beatles At The Beach,” was produced by Sammy Mastroianni, who is now a CSULB alumnus.

These awards were presented at the fall National College Media Convention from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1 in Austin, Texas.

Congratulations to our skilled students!


New Faculty: Melissa Evans


The Journalism and Mass Communication Department welcomes Melissa Evans to its faculty. Evans is teaching Introduction to Online Media and Senior Seminar during her first semester as a lecturer with the department this fall.

Outside of teaching, Evans is currently the city editor for Long Beach Press-Telegram and has a staff of 10 reporters under her tutelage.

Prior to arriving at CSULB, Evans has had more than 15 years of reporting experience. She was a reporter for the Daily Breeze, covering health care, nonprofit organizations, and religion. Evans was also a reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press. In 2000, Evans spent a year covering local government, education, and breaking news in Massachusetts for The Sun. Evans began her journalism career working for Tri-Valley Herald in Pleasanton, Calif., as a crime reporter.

During her career, Evans won seven reporting and design awards from the California Newspaper Publishing Association and last year was named the Digital First Media Manager of the Year. Also, Evans received a first-place award from the Society of Professional Journalists for investigative journalism.

Evans earned her master’s degree in theology with an emphasis in spirituality and storytelling from Loyola Marymount University. In addition, Evans graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

By Juan Carcamo


New Faculty: Krista Coriaty

CoriatyKrista Coriaty made her way back to the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, but this time she came to teach. Coriaty, who is a 2003 alumnus, is one of the new lecturers in the department. She is teaching Principles of Public Relations and Written Communication for Public Relations this semester.

For more than 10 years, Coriaty has specialized in healthcare employee communication, media relations, and project management while working as a public relations professional for agencies, hospitals, and physician groups.

Apart from teaching, Coriaty is currently a freelancer writer for St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare, Merrryman Communications and Rancho Las Lomas, a private resort and zoological garden. Prior to freelance writing, Coriaty was a marketing and communication specialist for St. Joseph Health. During Coriaty’s tenure with St. Joseph Health, she planned and executed projects that advanced the branding, marketing, and communication strategies of the organization. Coriaty began her career as a public relations representative at Long Beach Memorial & Miller Children’s Hospital where she wrote stories, designed layouts, and managed all aspects of employee and community newsletters.

Coriaty’s exceptional commitment to St. Joseph Health’s core values earned her the 2013 Values in Action Award for Service.

Coriaty graduated from California State University, Fullerton with a master’s degree in communications. In addition, Coriaty received her bachelor’s degree in journalism/public relations from California State University, Long Beach.

By Juan Carcamo


DIG Magazine Finalist for Pacemaker Award

DIGCoverDig magazine has been selected as a finalist for the 2015 Feature Magazine Pacemaker Award for its special summer edition, which focused on the theme of gender and sex. The Associated College Press, which the sponsors the Pacemaker Award, nominated a total of 12 finalists.

The title of the Dig magazine’s summer edition was “Exploring Sex and Gender,” and it was released in May.

The ACP judges take the following aspects of a magazine into consideration when determining Pacemaker Award finalists: quality of writing, showcasing of in-depth reporting, leadership on the opinion page, photography, design, art and graphics.

Winning the Pacemaker Award would be a first for Dig magazine. “I’m really beside myself that they even chose us a finalist,” Robin Jones, Dig magazine adviser, said. “You notice it’s a huge honor when looking at all of the other magazines that been nominated.”

Jones believes winning the Pacemaker Award would mean a great deal to the entire Dig magazine staff.  “It would be tremendous to win because these kids have worked so hard for this magazine,” Jones said. “This particular staff has put so much of its effort and heart into the magazine.”

Current events played a major role in influencing Dig magazine to select gender and sex as the theme for its summer edition. “Because of the issues in the news in spring concerning the transgender community, it became a topic of interest for our editors,” Jones said. “Also, a lot of people were talking about same-sex marriage so we decided it would be a good theme for the magazine.”

The winner of the Magazine Pacemaker Award for the feature category will be announced on Oct. 31 at the National College Media Convention in Austin, Texas.

The whole Department of Journalism and Mass Communication has its fingers crossed for Dig magazine.

By Juan Carcamo


Senior Journalism Student Wins Hearts Multimedia Award

kcruzKelsey Cruz, one of our own senior journalism students, was one of 20 winners of the Hearst Multimedia Award for her piece on Brian Gimmillaro, head coach for Long Beach State’s women’s volleyball team. Cruz competed among other journalism students from Arizona State University, Northwestern University and Texas State University. The Hearst Journalism Awards Program hosts competitions in categories such as college writing, multimedia, photojournalism and television broadcast. Top winners earn scholarship awards, grants for their school, and entry into the Hearst National Championship.

See Kelsey’s article at



Bateman Case Study Competition Team Receives Honorable Mention

The 2015 Bateman Case Study Competition Team (left to right: K.C. Schaper, Mackenzie Martin, Leon Ly, Cheyenne Goguen and not pictured Nikki Bates) received an Honorable Mention for their campaign “Rethink Home,” which focused on gaining awareness about poor quality housing for the competition’s client, Home Matters. The Bateman Case Study Competition gives public relations students hands-on experience developing and implementing a campaign for the client.

See more about the competition at


Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship

Applications for the 12th annual USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Program in Los Angeles are now being accepted.  The program, funded by the Getty Foundation, is a fellowship for arts, culture and entertainment editors, producers and writers. Most costs are covered by the fellowship, including air travel, hotel, transportation within the city and most meals. The fellowship will be held in Los Angeles from October 23 to November 2, 2013.

For more information, download this PDF.  To apply, click here.  Applications are due July 9, 2013.


Daily 49er Winners in Multiple Categories in Region 11

SPJ Award

Congratulations to CSULB Journalism students Stefan Agregado and Steven Carcano, first-place SPJ Mark of Excellence winners for Region 11! They won for breaking news and sports photography, respectively.

SPJ announces 2011 Region 11 Mark of Excellence Winners


Daily 49er Wins National SPJ Award

The Daily 49er’s story on ASI salaries and perks at Long Beach State and throughout the CSU system took home the national first-place award from the Society of Professional Journalists.

The story, CSULB student officials earn third highest pay in CSU”written by Alexandra Baird with help from Katrina Guevara, won the SPJ Mark of Excellence regional award April 30, and advanced to the national contest, where it won the top prize. Results from the national competition were announced last weekend.

All first place winners will be recognized at the Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans.

Several reporters helped collect data on ASI student salaries in fall 2010 under the direction of Baird and then-editor Brian Cuaron.

“This story was a team effort led by an ambitious editorial staff,” Baird said. “We spent weeks digging through data and making dozens of phone calls … to shine light on issues that matter to our readers– the students.”

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