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Back to the present?

When we visited the visited the Japanese-American Internment Memorial in downtown San Jose last week, you probably thought we were talking about the history, looking at the past. But the next morning, I found this headline on the front page of the San Francisco Chronicle: “Japanese Americans’ furor blocks internment-era artifact auction.”

The story opens: “Facing anguished protests from Japanese Americans, an auction house late Wednesday canceled Friday’s planned sale of 450 artworks and mementos from the camps where the United States held 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry during World War II.”

A follow-up story was published the next day: “Backlash cancels auction of internment camp item.”



Field trip


Field trip

Today, after practicing a little wordplay in class, we’ll head over to the Japanese-American Internment Memorial, which is located just a few blocks from campus at the Second Street entrance to the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building.

Field trip pics

At the Japanese American Internment Memorial in downtown San Jose.
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Students in section 1
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Students in section 2

Thanks for a good semester.

Ethical extra credit

Yes, doing the right thing can earn you extra credit. Just attend the sixth annual Spuler Ethics Symposium on diversity in the media, write a 350- to 500-word news story, news release or reflective essay about it, and post it on your blog … and earn up to 15 points extra credit.

Spuler Ethics SymposiumThe focus of this year’s symposium couldn’t be more timely: Diversity in the media, including how issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, religious cultures and disabilities are portrayed and conveyed in advertising, journalism and public relations.

The guest panel includes: SJSU graduate Janelle Wang, TV news anchor, NBC Bay Area Channel 11; JMC Lecturer Lloyd La Cuesta, former South Bay bureau chief, KTVU Channel 2; Dona Nichols, JMC “Diversity in Media” lecturer; and Dr. Vernon Andrews, SJSU kinesiology lecturer. The panel is moderated by JMC Prof. Matt Cabot.

The Spuler Ethics Symposium, which is sponsored by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, will be held 6-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Engineering Hall 189.

The Spuler Symposium is named for Phil and Dean Spuler, who met at San Jose State in the late 1940s as staff members of the Spartan Daily newspaper. Both the Spulers had successful careers as journalists. The Spuler estate created an endowed fund for media ethics in 2008 to help students who are passionate about journalism achieve their goals.


vargas posterJose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and filmmaker, has chosen San Jose State as the venue for the West Coast debut of his new documentary, Documented.

The film, which focuses on Vargas’ life as an undocumented person and puts a personal face on the immigration issue, will be shown at 6 p.m., Monday, March 10, in Morris Daley Auditorium.

Following the screening, JMC Director Bob Rucker will present Vargas with the 2014 William Randolph Hearst Award.

Rucker and SJSU Journalism Professor and Bay Area TV news legend Lloyd La Cuesta will also lead an audience discussion about the film, inviting people to share their own immigration stories. Bay Area community groups involved with immigration have been invited to join the campus community and share their personal experiences.

Vargas will also spent the day on campus visiting JMC classes and talking with JMC students and faculty.

A former reporter for the Washington Post, Vargas is the founder of Define American, a campaign that seeks to change the conversation on immigration reform here in America.

Field trip

Does it sound bad to say we had fun at the Japanese American Internment Memorial?

This is the MCom 100W section 2 crew; students in section 1 will walk over to see the monument, designed by Bay Area artist Ruth Asawa, next week.

100w_s2For information on the accompanying assignment, review Blog Post #8 on the Assignments page.


Field trip!

I don’t know about you, but it’s so gorgeous out today that I’ve got a bad case of spring fever. So I’m changing things up … again. We’re going to visit the Japanese-American Internment Memorial today, instead doing it next Wednesday.

spring-fever2The visit to the memorial usually takes about 45 minutes, which will leave some extra time at the end of today’s class session. If you need to visit with me about your grade, and haven’t yet done so, you might want to use that spare time to stop by my office (DBH 125) after the field trip.

P.S. The due date for the Internment Memorial blog post will not change — it’s still due Monday, April 22.

New study space

The SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons, a new student-only study space in the MLK Library, is now open.

The entrance to the SJSU Student Learning and Research Commons is located on the first floor of the library adjacent to the Children’s Room. Tower Cards are required for entrance into the Commons, which features laptops and iPads available for checkout, wireless internet, and a pay-to-print station.

During the spring term, the new Commons area will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday 1-5 p.m. Staff will be available during open hours to assist students with research.

A Grand Opening and Dedication Ceremony, with complimentary coffee, snacks and hourly prizes, will be held Thursday, Jan. 31, starting at 1 p.m. Provost Ellen Junn and the University Library faculty and staff will be on hand to welcome SJSU students to the new space.

Feeling entrepreneurial?

Then check out Catalog Spree and SVIC.

Catalog Spree: Joaquin Ruiz, CEO of Catalog Spree, will discuss “how to become an entrepreneur, and have fun doing it” this Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 6 p.m. in Washington Square Hall, Room 207.

Catalog Spree is the leading iPad and HTML5 catalog shopping experience. The company’s mission? Nothing less than “…defining the future of mobile shopping.”

Ruiz’s presentation is part of a fall lecture series put together by JMC graduate students in the new fall class, MCOM 215 – New Media Visionaries. The lecture series is dedicated to innovation, entrepreneurship, and how to bring an interactive product to market.

Kim Komenich, assistant professor – new media, who leads the class, notes that Ruiz’s LinkedIn profile says it all: “We’re Hiring!” (web developers and programmers, that is).

Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge: Consider taking part in the 2012 Silicon Valley Innovation Challenge, an event that gives you an opportunity to showcase your innovative business idea … and get valuable feedback from faculty, business professionals, entrepreneurs and venture capitalists. The SVIC is open to all students, faculty and staff at SJSU.

The last day to submit your business idea is Friday, Nov. 16. The top business ideas will be showcased in the Barrett Ballroom on Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

To sign up for the SVIC, please click here. (You can also sign up here to join the SVIC community so you can view and comment on the proposed business ideas.) For additional information or questions please contact Bobbi Makani-Lim with the SJSU College of Business at

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