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JACC SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR NEW ADVISERS Written by Lori Medigovich El Camino College Recruiting Funding Curriculum Working with professionals Other important things to consider Groups you should know about College Media Advisers Code of Ethical Behavior When I was at Phoenix College taking journalism courses in the late 1970s, my classes were crowded with students wanting to uncover the next Watergate scandal. The public respected newspapers, journalists were taken seriously and all was well in the land of community college journalism. By the time I began teaching journalism at Phoenix College in 1986, I had two students in my news writing class and six producing the weekly newspaper. By this point, the boom had turned to bust. National and state budget problems led to severe cutbacks at most of our colleges. While this was happening, tabloid television "news" programs made it difficult for the public to distinguish the good guys from the bad guys. The public trust in journalists had eroded and students were flocking to other majors. In this new climate, administrators cut programs with low enrollment; typically, journalism programs. As we enter the 2000s, our national economy is booming and our colleges are rebounding. Unfortunately, the last programs to be revived tend to be the journalism programs because ours were generally the first sacrificed to the budgetary ax. Perhaps our administrators believe that if they got along without us for several years, they can continue to get along without us now. Our job, then, is to convince them that they need our programs. As we enter the brave new world of electronic journalism, students are seeking out job opportunities on the World Wide Web. It is our duty to convince our 1

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