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News Release
April 13, 2010

 

LACC INSTRUCTOR NAMED
"JOURNALISM EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR"


The Media Arts Department is proud to announce that Rhonda Guess, journalism professor, is a recipient of the 2010 Journalism Educator of the Year Award.

Guess, along with professors Rob OšNeil, Pierce Community College and Max Branscomb, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, were honored by the California Journalism Coalition at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention on April 10 at the Wilshire Grand Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

The California Journalism Coalition was founded in 2003 by veteran journalism professional, Sylvia Fox. It seeks to "enhance communication among education and industry groups. It identifies issues in California journalism education and, with its various partners, seeks solutions."

Each year the coalition selects three recipients from the candidates nominated by their peers to honor for their outstanding work.

"I am really proud of her," Jean Stapleton, Department Chairperson, East Los Angeles City College said. "She has done a wonderful job. She is a terrific teacher. I cannot imagine anyone doing a better job than her."

Guess came to City College to teach journalism and mass communication. She is also the faculty adviser for the college newspaper, the Collegian. Before she began her teaching career, Guess, an Emmy Award winning journalist whose background encompasses print as well as broadcast journalism worked as a correspondent for such organizations as Associated Press and Fox News.

Stapleton nominated Guess for this award because of the progress the journalism programs has made since she arrived and because of her commitment to her students and to the defense of First Amendment rights.

"When I hear about the girl from San Francisco who met Ms. Guess and moved to Los Angeles to be in her class or the boy who came to the Collegian from Nevada after seeing our product, it's no surprise to me that she was honored with this special award," said Frank Elaridi, former Collegian editor in chief. "She inspires and instructs the student reporters to produce an award-winning publication, which we can proudly lay as a gift of service upon the lap of City College. It's because of Prof.Guess that the Collegian never returns from a competition with empty hands."

Daniel Marlos, Media Arts Department Chair, is in agreement with Elaridi about the impact she has had on the students and the program.

"When Rhonda began teaching journalism for us in 2005, our program was languishing," Marlos said. "Within three years we were competing and winning on local, state and national levels. Under her guidance the Collegian has become a force to contend with. Rhonda is truly a student advocate."

Her students agree that she seeks to motivate and inspire them and that they would not be where they are today without her.

"She has worked tirelessly for the students here at City," said Tim Carpenter, Collegian News Editor. "She has earned and deserves this award and I am very proud of her."

Will Lewis, President, Los Angeles Press Club remembered the influence his teacher had on him when he was in school.

"It starts in student publication," Lewis said. "It is great to have an educator who is fearless and outspoken on free speech."

 

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