CENTER FOR INTEGRATION AND IMPROVEMENT OF JOURNALISM
 

About

 
CIIJ strives to improve the Four Rs of the Journalism Pipeline: Recruitment, Retention, Revitalization, Research

Founded at San Francisco State University in 1990 by Betty Medsger, the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism believes that accurate and responsible journalism reflects the changing demographics of the society it serves. We develop programs and conduct research aimed at recruiting, retaining and revitalizing journalists and journalism educators. We seek to make journalism more inclusive from the classroom to the newsroom.

OF BUSINESS PLAN

Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism
San Francisco State University
Humanities 307
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

Phone: 415.338-2083
Fax: 415.338.2084
Email: ciij@sfsu.edu

STAFF

DIRECTOR, CRISTINA L. AZOCAR, PH.D.
Azocar is the director of CIIJ and an adjunct assistant professor of journalism at San Francisco State University. Azocar earned her doctorate in Communication Studies at the University of Michigan. Her research and teaching focuses on portrayals of people of color in the news. She received her master's degree in ethnic studies and her bachelor's degree in journalism from San Francisco State University. Azocar's interest in diversity in the news media spans more than ten years, and began with her concern about negative representations about Native Americans. She has been a member of the Native American Journalists Association for 10 years. Azocar serves on the boards of the Native American Journalists Association, the California Society of Newspaper Editors, Grade the News, and the Sequoyah Research Center Advisory Board. In 2018 Azocar received the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Distinguished Service to Journalism Award. She is a member of the Upper Mattaponi Tribe of the Powhatan Nation.

SENIOR DIRECTOR, ERNA SMITH
Smith is a professor of journalism at San Francisco State University and a former department chair. Prior to coming to SF State, she was a reporter and editor at newspapers in Texas, Minnesota and New York, including the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Minneapolis Star and The Wall Street Journal. A former research fellow at the Shorenstein Center of Press, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University, she is the author of several studies of print and broadcast news coverage of race and social justice issues, including Transmitting Race: The L.A. Riot in TV News. She has been a visiting professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California and at the Danish School of Journalism in Arhus, Denmark. Through her association with the Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, she's worked extensively with newspapers across the country on content auditing and reporting strategies to improve coverage of diverse groups. In her capacity as CIIJ senior director, she directs the News Watch project, assists in planning and fundrasing, and acts as an internal consultant for the organization.

PROGRAM MANAGER, DORIS Y.S. OWYANG
Owyang has returned to non-profit management after working as an English Program Host and Reporter with Radio Taiwan International (RTI) and a correspondent for KQED FM's "Pacific Time." A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, Owyang has worked for Asian Health Services, the Asian American Journalists Association, The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, and the San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival. She lived in Taipei from 1998 to 2004 and was a Republic of China Ministry of Education scholar at National Taiwan Normal University.

ASSISTANT PROGRAM MANAGER, DONNA TAM
Tam is a student at San Francisco State University pursuing a BA in Journalism with an emphasis in International Relations. She is a graduate of the CIIJ's Bay Area Multicultural Media Academy and has written for the Pan-Asian American publication, Asianweek.

MULTIMEDIA EDITOR, KRISTOFER NOCEDA
Noceda attends San Francisco State University and will be graduating this fall with a BA in Journalism. He is currently the Assistant Managing Editor for the school newspaper's award-winning website, Golden Gate [X]Press Online. His previous experience include working as a general assignment reporter for the Tri-Valley Herald, serving as a correspondent for the Oakland Tribune and most recently participating in the AAJA New Media Project.

FUNDRAISING ASSISTANT, POH SI TENG
Teng is a Malaysian journalism student in search of free speech and expression. She is currently pursuing a BA in journalism and minoring in public health at San Francisco State University. She previously interned at the New Straits Times in summer 2004, and has written for The Star. Her interests involve covering crime, city hall, ethnic diversity and public health. Teng recently launched theCICAK, a Malaysian political and pop-culture webzine.

POPANDPOLITICS.COM EDITOR, FARAI CHIDEYA
Chideya is a multi-media journalist whose experience includes anchoring ABC late-night broadcast, World News Now; hosting Oxygen Media signature program, Pure Oxygen; and hosting KALW current events/call in show Your Call. She has consistently brought new ideas and audiences into mainstream media, focusing on serving young news-consumers and diverse audiences. She is the author of three non-fiction books, a former news writer at MTV, and the editor of PopandPolitics.com. She is also a member of the John S. Knight Foundation Journalism Advisory Committee.

POPANDPOLITICS.COM MANAGING EDITOR, JEAN CHEN
Chen has been creating and editing print and online zines for over ten years. Her publications have been written up in the San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Bay Guardian, and the Baltimore City Paper, which dubbed her first zine "The Best Sign of Intelligent Life in the Suburbs." Formerly the online editor of the award-winning sites YouthRadio.org and WireTapMag.org, she is currently the Managing Editor of PopandPolitics.com. She is also the co-editor of "Storming the Polls: How to Vote Your Views and Change the Rules," a 2004 publication of the Independent Media Institute. Chen graduated from Swarthmore College with a degree in Biology and Women's Studies.

POPANDPOLITICS.COM ASSISTANT EDITOR, GARY MOSKOWITZ
Moskowitz is a first-year graduate student in San Francisco State University's Department of Education. His area of study within education is on journalism and mass media. Before beginning his master's program, he worked for four years as a daily beat reporter for the Times Community News division of the Los Angeles Times. Moskowitz was a TCN Journalist of the Year finalist in 2004. He enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding and playing the trumpet.

POPANDPOLITICS.COM STAFF WRITER, JESSICA JONES
Jones is a journalism major at San Francisco State University. She has written for Beyond Chron, The San Francisco Observer and is currently interning with Chow Magazine. She plans on creating her own African American women's magazine after she graduates.

POPANDPOLITICS.COM STAFF WRITER, ZONEIL MAHARAJ
Maharaj is a journalism student at SF State and a former op-ed editor of The Delta Impact, the newspaper for San Joaquin Delta College in his hometown of Stockton, CA.

PROGRAMS

BAY AREA MULTICULTURAL MEDIA ACADEMY
A two-week residential program built around developing journalism skills and careers for Bay Area high school students at San Francisco State University. Our graduates work in print, radio, television and online journalism. BAMMA is dedicated to providing opportunities to youth from underserved communities—Asian American, African American, Latino, Native American and low-income youth—to develop skills as a journalist that will open doors for them in media careers and help the profession do a better job covering news for everyone.

ETHNIC PRESS OUTREACH
CIIJ coordinates the judging for the New California Media (NCM) Awards, a competition for the state's ethnic news media.

HIGH SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY COLLEGE OUTREACH
CIIJ's work includes visits to local community colleges, workshops to prepare transfer students and active participation in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC). CIIJ has hosted the JACC Northern California conference for the last four years.

JOB AND INTERNSHIP SERVICES
Journalism-related jobs and internships are regularly posted on the CIIJ web site and on the bulletin board outside our office. S.F. State journlaism students and alumni are eligible to receive messages of postings via e-mail if they sign up for the CIIJ's RSS feed. Students can view a binder containing sample resumes and cover letter critiqued by professionals. Each fall, CIIJ hosts a regional job and internship fair.

NEWS WATCH
The project is a collaboration with the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Asian American Journalists (AAJA) and the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA). News Watch aims to promote candid dialouge among journalists regarding people of color, lesbians and gays, and other communities which have been victim to biased reporting.

POP AND POLITICS
Pop and Politics is an award-winning online magazine that engages young Americans in the civic life of the nation by empowering them to be informed citizens. The publication critiques and covers the way pop culture and politics intersect, and gives a space for young writers to showcase their journalistic talents.

PRIME MOVERS
Prime Movers involves the three Rs of the journalism pipeline: Recruitment, Retention and Revitalization. This pilot-program enables veteran journalists, or "Prime Movers," to share their knowledge and experiences with junior colleagues, or "Rising Stars," SFSU journalism students and Bay Area high school journalists. Its objectives are threefold: First, to plug the hole in the journalism pipeline that students of color slip out of on their way to becoming professional journalists. Second, to plug part of the journalism pipeline that involves the retention of young journalists of color. Third, to acknowledge and utilize the expertise and experiences of veteran journalists and to revitalize their passion for the journalism profession through work with their younger counterparts.

WRITING AND PHOTO COACH PROGRAM
Students at SFSU work with professional journalists one-on-one weekly to improve their writing and reporting or photography skills and glean career advice. CIIJ makes the matches.