Emal's Corner

By Russ Emal

If any fans of the Eagle have dropped into the paper's office in the last two weeks they may have noticed that I am no longer the person bent over the keyboard putting together the newspaper. The new hunchback/editor is Zack Darling. Zack will do an excellent job in his new position. He acquired a lot of experience working on the Eagle last semester. Zack has also worked for many years in the desktop publishing field producing kids magazines as well as editing a local Ukiah newsletter, People's Party. Good luck leading your own team on the Eagle Z.D. (By the way, I often used Advil for the back pain as all the good stuff is illegal.)

Although I'm no longer the person fielding complaints at the paper (one of the largest tasks while being an editor), I will still be involved in producing the Eagle. Last semester, we at the staff, under the tutelage of advisor Dale Glaser, put the Eagle online. I will be taking over the publishing of the web page and the contents contained on the new Eagle Homepage. Find us at: http://www.greenmac.com/EAGLE. The site will be being constantly updated. We hope to soon add color pictures, sound, links to other web sites, and maybe even some video. Ask at the Eagle office about getting involved with both the Eagle and the newspaper's web site.

This semester while I will be taking seven units at Mendo, I'll also be a full time student at College of Marin adding thirteen more units at that school. This decision was one of the main reasons I'll no longer be the Eagle's editor (that and of course the minimal pay for the job!). In my search to find an education in both the multimedia field and journalism, I learned about the opportunities available at Marin. Their multimedia program is sponsored in part by Lucas Films as well as the Industrial Light and Magic Company. While the program is now quite sophisticated and extensive, at one time, in the recent past, the school offered nothing in multimedia. College of Marin staff were asking; "Should we offer a comprehensive program in multimedia or courses in the field of journalism? Will there be enough students interested in these two fields? Can we afford to give this training considering our limited population and small budget?"

The process to evolve from where Mendo is today to where College of Marin is now took several years. It also took a very dedicated staff, and progressive administrators.

Also needed was a business community that was looking for newly educated workers who in the future would help develop their own individual companies. These small as well as large companies understood that by helping to supply this needed education, they would be developing its own future leaders and staffers. There was also a side benefit derived when they developed this training site. Marin County not only ended up with numerous high-tech classrooms available to teach students.

Local businesses also supplied themselves with a place to develop advanced demonstration techniques and advertising programs. Instead of each company purchasing its own expensive equipment and software, they now have one place where the equipment is located and is shared for a relatively small rental fee. The business community developed a facility that the whole county uses. This concept was needed to better position companies, educators and students as they all prepare for the workplace of the twenty-first century. These companies now offer both nominal salaries and internships to the College of Marin's students. By working together, the program that exists today came into being. Because of the whole community's efforts, as of mid August, College of Marin began offering both a certificated program and an associate degree in multimedia design.

Today at Mendocino College, students who are searching for training in either the field of journalism or multimedia have a limited number of courses they can take. Although last semester over one hundred and fifty students signed a petition asking to have the school add a journalism program, no comprehensive program is available or planned for the near future. Will this type of multimedia training ever become a reality at our school? Staffers at the Eagle have been told that only a few classes in either field will be added at Mendo but that no major change in the school's educational focus is planned.

However, if you are interested in either the field of multimedia or in journalism, some training at the school is available. One can get both hands on training as well as some classroom education in publishing a newspaper. Desktop publishing classes are offered at Mendo and a lot of very valuable experience can be gained by working at the Eagle. The newspaper now has an internship program available that will help develop students proficiency using both Pagemaker and Photoshop. The Eagle uses the same method of publishing a newspaper as almost every small newspaper in the world. Stop by the Eagle office to find out about the new internship program and how it can help you with your educational goals.

Over the next few issues of the Eagle I will be interviewing a number of College of Marin journalism and multimedia people. I'll look at the school's strategy that today enables them to teach multimedia and journalism at its school.

I will be looking forward to seeing you around campus, at our web site, and here in Emal's Corner next month with my first interview.

Copyright Mendocino College Eagle 1995
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