Every semester that The Skyline View has been publishing (over 15 years now!), each staff has left a legacy of some sort, be it growing from a newsletter to a tabloid, or moving the paper to online, or building a stronger multimedia presence, or ramping up its social media presence, or expanding the newsroom. This semester is no different.
Or perhaps it is. Because for the first time ever, The Skyline View has published a magazine, Viewpoint. This is a great leap forward. And of course, with every leap comes risk.
When the editors first spoke to the adviser about doing a magazine, everyone was very excited. After all, for years, staffers have asked to do a magazine, and now it was finally going to come to fruition. But with no magazine class, no magazine-specific staff, in fact, no real plan at all, it wasn’t going to be easy.
And just because they were committing to tackle a magazine didn’t mean they could abandon their bi-weekly print newspaper. Or their daily website. Or their hourly social media presence. All of which means it was quite difficult to focus on the logistics of How. To. Get. A Magazine. Out. So, why in the world would an adviser say, “Go for it!”?
Here’s why: Back in 1999, when Skyline College gave the green light to revive the 11-years dormant journalism program with a single class, news writing, adviser Nancy Kaplan-Biegel decided mid-semester that having a news writing class made no sense without having an actual newspaper. So on a wing and prayer, the students started The Skyline View.
That first semester, only two issues were published. They were four-page newsletters, really–far less impressive than the tabloid-sized 12-pagers the students produce every two weeks now (not to mention the daily publishing they do online and through social media).
Had they not pulled the trigger and gone for it, whether they were ready or not, there’s a good chance The Skyline View would not be thriving today. So the logic is this: Start a magazine. Just start. It may not be great. You’ll run into problems. But you’ll find ways to solve those problems. And they did. They figured out how to design pages that are more visual and oriented toward the long read. They learned something about setting up art that lands a strong visual punch. They learned that magazine articles aren’t quick-hit pieces that can be written in a day. And, yes, they learned you have to closely proofread the table of contents.
And you know what? We’ve already put the magazine in the calendar for next year. We’re already thinking about whether or not the college could support a magazine class. We’re already considering how to enter magazine contests.
Sometimes the only way to do something is to jump in. And jump in they did. The result is a great-looking first edition, one they can rightfully feel proud of. Check out their PDF version here.
The interim staff of The Skyline View has given way to the permanent editorial board for Spring 2015. We actually have a smaller group of editors this semester, even though staff has grown in terms of reporters.
So, meet the editors (from left):
Will Nacouzi–digital editor
Jeanita Lyman–news editor
Julianna Leon–sports editor
Michelle Kelly–editor in chief
Steve Perotti–opinions editor
Josh Collier–focal point editor
The staff published a print issue within a week of the semester beginning and are regularly updating the website.
Several Skyline College journalism students clinched awards at the most recent Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference held Nov. 8 at CSU Sacramento.
TSV Editor in Chief Michelle Kelly and Features Editor Dave Newlands shared third place for news story for an article they wrote about the media policy last semester. Dave Newlands also picked up third place for photo illustration. Lea Naqishbendi, former TSV features editor, snagged second place for online photo story while News Editor Jeanita Lyman won second place for on-the-spot copy editing.
The 11 students who attended from Skyline College spanned a range of journalism courses and took workshops from a variety of professionals in media. They learned more about entrepreneurial journalism, sports writing outside of game play, social media to spread content, and current media law. Ian Hill, of Sacramento’s ABC News10, gave the keynote. Joining Skyline were community colleges from all over Northern California for the day-long conference.
A Skyline View editorial published in spring 2014 about the campus media policy has been selected as a top contender for Story of the Year by a national journalism organization.
Former TSV Editor in Chief Aaron Washington and current Editor in Chief Michelle Kelly, who penned the editorial on behalf of the staff, are finalists for the prestigious award under the editorial/opinion category of the 2014 Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year Contest. Among the other schools listed as finalists in this category are Yale University and UCLA.
Winners will be announced Nov. 1 at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia. You can check out all the finalists here: http://studentpressblogs.org/acp/2014-acp-story-of-the-year-finalists/
This post is a bit long in coming, but the new editorial board for The Skyline View is in place and working hard, having just put out their third print edition of the semester, all the while they have continually updated their website.
So who are the new editors?
Editor in chief: Michelle Kelly
Digital editor: Will Nacouzi
Multimedia editor: Miguel Garcia
Special projects editor: Josh Collier
News editor: Jeanita Lyman
Features editor: Dave Newlands
Opinions editor: Steve Perotti
Entertainment editor: Bianca Gonzalez
Sports editor: Julianna Leon
Chief copy editor: David Perez
Watch what they do this semester!
Classes have resumed at Skyline College, and not three hours into the first day, Skyline View staffers were at their computers working hard to update their website. What’s even more fun is that old staffers–including those that had graduated and were waiting to leave for their four-year universities–came back to visit. One of the most rewarding things about being a part of the journalism program is watching the deep friendships that form among staff members.They are all genuinely excited to see each other after a long summer break.
And they really care about The Skyline View. Even if they are no longer on staff or are headed off to another college, they are so committed, that they pour in and offer to help during the first few weeks. One example? Former multimedia editor Nico Truinfante has offered to help with the first video podcast of the semester even though he leaves for a Southern California university soon.
During the first session of class, the students brainstormed story ideas, and by the end of the day had published three stories, with a fourth published the next morning.
It’s going to be a great semester. Come by Room 8110 in building 8 to see how you can be part of it.
As we look forward to the new school year, it’s a good time to reflect on the accomplishments of the Skyline College Journalism Department’s last year. We had quite a few things to be proud of. Among them were the following:
- During the Spring 2014 semester, we had the largest Skyline View staff we’ve ever had.
- The Skyline View staff started a weekly video podcast of the latest campus news.
- The department underwent program review. This every-six-year process requires deep reflection on the direction of the program.
- TSV earned School Newspaper Online badges for site excellence and continuous coverage.
- TSV earned first-place awards for Web/Broadcast Journalism and Critical Review at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference, among other awards, including Online General Excellence.
- The department sent 15 people to the Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Burbank, Calif.
- TSV received new equipment, including a green screen.
The year ahead is sure to be a good one. Come be a part of it. Classes begin August 18.