Student Research + Creative Works
Our graduate students have published work in national and local alternative media such as “Punk Planet” and “The Rockit” and have aired their radio documentaries on Los Angeles’ KPFK Pacifica station.
Others have produced gallery shows of their photographs on CSUN’s campus as well as exhibitions ranging from the Los Angel
es gallery “502” to a show in.
Also, they have presented their research at
- the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication conference;
- the Global Fusion conference;
- the Western States Communication Association;
- the Journalism Association of Community Colleges;
- the Global Citizenship conference ;
- and through multiple appearances at CSUN’s own Research and Creative Works Annual Symposium.
Their research topics ranged from studying the interactivity of newspaper websites to a comparison of US and Russian news coverage of Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.
Student-written scholarly publications have ranged from a journal article on the coverage of the Kurdish minority in a key Turkish newspaper, which appeared in Media Culture and Society, to a student repurposing her academic research on the Iranian blogosphere for dissemination via an Iranian-American group blog as well as through online publication by Article XIX, ainternational human rights group. A former student has published War with Mexico! with the University of Kansas Press based on his thesis project on foreign correspondents in the U.S. war with Mexico.
Our students have won national awards such as from the Broadcast Education Association as well as regional awards such as best debut paper Western States Communication Association and from the Society of Professional Journalists Region 11 Mark of Excellence Award. They have won university-wide competitions including the Robert H. Schiffman award for outstanding graduate student, and the Association of Retired Faculty scholarship.
While enrolled in our program, students have interned at various local news outlets including CNBC, KNBC and CNN’s LA Bureau and CBS NEWS in Beijing for the SummerOlympic Games.
Former students work in a range of media related jobs including having taught as professors at universities in Thailand, Ukraine and Turkey, as well as at local community colleges such as Pierce and Cerritos.
Program graduates have
- worked as producers for the Animal Planet network and NPR’s “Weekend All Things Considered“;
- served as editors or reporters in media such as the Daily Breeze, the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin and the Associated Press (One graduate coordinated coverage of the Democratic Convention in Denver for the media chain, Media General.)
- written for alternative publications such as the Los Angeles Weekly and Razorcake.
Those in public relations hold positions ranging from Assistant Vice Chancellor for the CSU to Marketing/PR specialist at Verdugo Hills Hospital to a press officer for Guinness World Records in London.
Alum Seth Koury’s thesis project, the documentary “Sounds of Beirut” has been screened and received awards around the world (search this site for details).
Alum Esha Momeni received recognition for her human rights work for her master’s thesis by Amnesty International’s Eastern and Western Regional divisions, which invited her to speak and serve as a panelist, respectively, at their annual conferences. She has been interviewed by CNN International, the Associated Press, the LA Daily News, VOA, and NBC among others. She was one of the featured interviews in the acceptance video for the Glamour magazine award given to Iran’s One Million Signature Campaign by Christiane Amanpour.