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  • Columbia College Chicago held an event for journalism students, allowing them to have one on one time with professionals from the journalism industry on Wednesday.

    “I came because I wanted to network and see what people are writing about and blogging and just to see what attracts people’s attention,” said Gary Manalang, a former UC-East Bay student.


    Columbia College Chicago started an organization called the Columbia College Chicago Society of Professional Journalists (CCCSPJ). The main focus of this organization is to support the freedom of the press. This organization used to be a part of campus but it dissolved a couple of years ago.

    “This organization is a great way to meet many journalism students,” said Kenny Nguyen, Vice President of the CCCSPJ. “It’s a place where I felt like I could connect with many people and also a great way to network with fellow students and also professionals from the news industry.”

    Fellow Journalists Diane Pathieu, from ABC 7 Chicago, and Chris Coffey, from NBC 5 Chicago, came and gave critique to student’s work. “We reached out to them through our own contacts through some internships that some of us have had,” said Lynsey McKomel, Treasurer of the CCCSPJ. “As a student here, I feel like the department does a lot to prepare us but there are certain things that we think are missing like the interaction with professionals,” McKomel said.

    Members quickly notified students of this event. “We told Jennifer Halperin, the internship coordinator at Columbia, to send e-mails to all journalism students,” Nguyen said. “We used our social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote and we also created a page on Eventbrite for students to RSVP,” Nguyen said.

    “This organization helps students have an easier way to get jobs in the future,” McKomel said. “The easiest way to do that was to try and bring professionals in to talk to the journalism students. This event helped students be able to present their work to professionals and that is how you get better by presenting your work.
    Columbia College Chicago held an event for journalism students, allowing them to have one on one time with professionals from the journalism industry on Wednesday.

    “I came because I wanted to network and see what people are writing about and blogging and just to see what attracts people’s attention,” said Gary Manalang, a former UC-East Bay student.


    Columbia College Chicago started an organization called the Columbia College Chicago Society of Professional Journalists (CCCSPJ). The main focus of this organization is to support the freedom of the press. This organization used to be a part of campus but it dissolved a couple of years ago.

    “This organization is a great way to meet many journalism students,” said Kenny Nguyen, Vice President of the CCCSPJ. “It’s a place where I felt like I could connect with many people and also a great way to network with fellow students and also professionals from the news industry.”

    Fellow Journalists Diane Pathieu, from ABC 7 Chicago, and Chris Coffey, from NBC 5 Chicago, came and gave critique to student’s work. “We reached out to them through our own contacts through some internships that some of us have had,” said Lynsey McKomel, Treasurer of the CCCSPJ. “As a student here, I feel like the department does a lot to prepare us but there are certain things that we think are missing like the interaction with professionals,” McKomel said.

    Members quickly notified students of this event. “We told Jennifer Halperin, the internship coordinator at Columbia, to send e-mails to all journalism students,” Nguyen said. “We used our social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to promote and we also created a page on Eventbrite for students to RSVP,” Nguyen said.

    “This organization helps students have an easier way to get jobs in the future,” McKomel said. “The easiest way to do that was to try and bring professionals in to talk to the journalism students. This event helped students be able to present their work to professionals and that is how you get better by presenting your work.
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