About the Journalism Department
Ohlone's journalism program has a long and distinguished history. Vol. 1, No. 1 of Ohlone's first student newspaper, then named the Saints' Herald, was published Nov. 2, 1967. At that time, Ohlone was housed in a former convent on Washington Boulevard. Ohlone's present campus did not open until the mid- 1970s, so, in a sense, there was a campus newspaper even before there was a campus.
Through the years, the Monitor has been highly regarded in the journalism community, winning more than its share of awards in state wide competitions sponsored by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. The Monitor has also proved itself as a training ground for journalists, with former Monitor staff members working in newspaper, radio and TV jobs around the state.
The Monitor -
Ohlone's Award Winning Newspaper
The Monitor is as much like a commercial newspaper as we can make it, within the academic framework. Student editors assign stories to reporters and photographers. Page editors place the stories and write the headlines. Advertising sales workers contact business owners and design the ads.
When the issue comes out, the staff takes the credit, or the blame. Students learn to balance the value of individual initiative and the value of teamwork.Editors depend on writers to turn in their stories on time, but writers depend on their own skills to get the facts straight. In the end, each issue of the Monitor is a group effort and an individual effort. Students learn the necessity of planning, get many forms of feedback on their work, and walk away with real-life experience in an attractive field of employment.
You may also read the Monitor online.
In the News
Student newspaper wins awards, October 15, 2013, Tri-City Voice - Nearly doubling last year's take of seven awards, Ohlone College's student-run newspaper, The Monitor, brought home a total of 12 awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges' (JACC) Northern California conference at the end of September.
- Ohlone Monitor Wins Seven Awards in Statewide Journalism Competition - April 24, 2013, announcement - The Ohlone Monitor, the College's student-run newspaper, brought home seven awards – including a top award for its web site – from the statewide Journalism Association of Community College convention in Sacramento, which ran from April 11 to 13. More than 500 students from 41 colleges attended the statewide event. Six students out of the Monitor's staff of ten attended, one of the smallest delegations at the event, and yet it was among the most successful teams.
- College newspapers fade as budgets change - May 5, 2010, San Jose University Spartan Daily - Junior college newspapers in the Bay Area undergo rapid changes each semester, according to a former student president of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. … At Ohlone College in Fremont, the budget isn't the only issue affecting the paper's survival, according to the paper's adviser.
- Tony Yang, a profile in excellence - September 11, 2008, Ohlone College Monitor - Tony C. Yang, former Editor-in-Chief of the Monitor has recently accepted a job as a tech reporter for the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. This just the latest feat in a lengthy list of accomplishments obtained by the 26-year-old Ohlone alumni.
- Ohlone restarts magazine class - December 19, 2007, Inside Bay Area - Student-produced Midnight marks the return of magazine teaching at Ohlone College. Instructor Bill Parks figures the course has been absent from the journalism program for nearly a decade.
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