Trosley educates high school, JC students
February 27, 1998
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.
Approximately 117 students from more than 17 high schools and junior
colleges participated in La Verne's seventh annual Communications Day last
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
The day continued with workshops which gave students a "hands-on"
look at the opportunities offered by the Communications Department at La
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
Laponis said, although the workshops are similar each year, they vary
"from time to time to add variety and depending on what people are
"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.