Trosley educates high school, JC students

Campus Times
February 27, 1998

photo by Alen Zilic

Revealing the truth about the every day life of journalists, Stephen Trosley, editor of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, commemorated the seventh anniversary of Communications Day. The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin serves the entire San Gabriel with a circulation of about 72,000 daily and 75,000 Sundays.

by Angelica Martinez
Arts and Entertainment Editor

Approximately 117 students from more than 17 high schools and junior colleges participated in La Verne's seventh annual Communications Day last Friday.

Sponsored by the Communications Department, the day began with an address by Stephen Trosley, executive editor of the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin. Trosley touched on several topics related to print journalism. Among those were key points for students who were interested in pursuing a career working for a newspaper.

Trosley talked about things to do in order to make it in the business, as well as what he looks for when interviewing people for a job.

He also went on to explain his experience when he began as a journalist. He concluded his presentation with a question and answer session.

The crowd of students seemed apprehensive at first, yet they were attentive and cooperative.

The day continued with workshops which gave students a "hands-on" look at the opportunities offered by the Communications Department at La Verne.

Shannon Hagerty, a senior at Victor Valley High School, drove from Victorville by herself to participate in the day.

"I am very interested in the field, and I wanted to see what La Verne had to offer," she said.

"Today, I learned a lot about the communications field. The presentation was clear and detailed. I liked how they offered different areas like TV and radio and newspaper, it gave me the chance to get involved in most, if not all."

The day was organized by the Communications Department for months prior to the actual event.

According to Dr. George Keeler, professor of journalism and chair of the Communications Department, Communications Day is a way to "showcase the department in a positive way."

"It is also used to recruit students, build the school's reputation and educate prospective students," said Dr. Keeler.

More than half the students present on-campus that day had never been to ULV before.

Jonathan Royas, a Damien High School senior and editor in chief of the Damien Laconian, however, has applied and been accepted to ULV.

"This is my second time at Communications Day," he said. "I think it is a great presentation, but wish there was more time for each session," he said.

Michael Laponis, associate professor of communications, said Communications Day is planned "about a year in advance. We need to make sure the date works well."

Laponis said, although the workshops are similar each year, they vary "from time to time to add variety and depending on what people are interested in."

"This is a team effort," he said. The department worked with the admissions office in receiving reservations and publicizing the event.

"We had limited numbers [of attendance]. We couldn't accommodate everyone," said Laponis.

However, most students present agreed with visiting father and daughter, Tony and Michelle Garcia, the workshops were "insightful," and "informative" and all portrayed "an option" in considering La Verne as a prospective college possibility.