Spartan Daily Newspaper Is Now Digital

Spartan Daily

82 Years of History Now Available

San José State University’s student newspaper, Spartan Daily, is celebrating the digitization and online presence of more than 80 years of hyper-local news.

The student newspaper is distributed three days a week on the SJSU campus and in the surrounding community. Covering news, sports, arts and entertainment, tech and opinion relating to the campus and its students. April 9, 1934, marks the first issue published from the Spartan Daily.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications will be having a public launch event on May 2, 2016, from 10:30-11:45 a.m., at the Dr. Martin King, Jr. Library in room 225.

Click here to view the digitized newspapers.

Spartan Daily receives Best of Show, other honors from collegiate press associations

San José State University’s student-run newspaper, the Spartan Daily, received more than a dozen statewide awards as well as national accolades from two collegiate journalism organizations in February.Daily header

At the California College Media Association awards banquet at the Sheraton Universal in Los Angeles Feb. 28, the College of Applied Sciences and Arts School of Journalism and Mass Communication’s newspaper program took home 16 awards. In 2014, they earned nine awards, making the 2015 haul a record.

The local campus paper competed against 44 student publications in the state, according to Prof. Richard Craig, including a third place finish in the Best Daily Newspaper category.

Sixteen different students won or shared awards, and three honors were awarded to the full Daily staff, according to Craig. Jonathan Marinaro won three awards, including second place honors for Best Newspaper Page/Design Spread and Best Headline Portfolio, and a shared third place award for Best Overall Newspaper Design. Rafael Ochoa took home three awards, including third place for Best Black and White Advertisement and Best Group Promotion, as well as an Honorable Mention for Best Online Promotion.

Sol Granados shared a first-place award with Brandon Chew for Best Photo Series, for their coverage of the Oakland riots after the Ferguson court decision, and Granados also took a third place honor for Best News Photo. Jerica Lowman won for Best Newspaper Column and shared the award for Best Overall Newspaper Design. Philip Beadle also took home two awards, one as part of a team (along with Jasmine Leyva and Sarah Kenoyer) that took third place for Best News Series, and also shared the award for Best Overall Newspaper Design.

Other Daily students who won awards included Austin Belisle, Jenny Bennett, Sam Brannan, Lauren Hernandez, Nick Ibarra, Patricia Lee, Colton Seike and Alicia Simpson. The Daily staff took first place for Best Photo Illustration and third place for Best Special Issue/Section.

Craig said the newspaper team was only topped by UCLA and UC Berkeley for number of awards won.

“Given the enormous advantages some of our well-funded competitors enjoy, this is a triumph for the Spartan Daily and its student reporters and editors,” Craig said in an email.

In addition to the state competition, the newspaper placed second nationwide among four-year daily newspapers in the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show award at its 31st Annual National College Journalism Convention in Los Angeles in February. Out of 143 entrants nationwide, the Oct. 14, 2014 edition of The Spartan Daily placed second with lead stories by Nick Ibarra and Lauren Hernandez.

Professor Robert Rucker also shared news that two advertising students were selected to participate in internships in New York. The students include Vu Tran, who will be going to McCann, NY and Kaitlin Horner, who will be going to Havas, NY. More than 400 applicants applied for the 87 internships available.

Former Spartan Daily editor honored with scholarship

The family of Christopher Marian, who died in his sleep on May 15 at the age of 28, has chosen to remember him with an endowed scholarship in his name. The $2,000 scholarship will go to a San Jose State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication student each year. Marian’s family signed a memorandum of understanding with the Tower Foundation to create the Chris Marian Journalism Scholarship on Oct. 29.

Marian worked on the Spartan Daily for four semesters while attending SJSU, as a staff writer, copy editor and most recently as the opinion editor. He wrote a column entitled “Nuke the Whales.” His sister Alicia Marian described her brother as “very intelligent, kind, articulate, witty and funny with a ‘sardonic, sarcastic slant’” in a press release from the signing ceremony.

As a child, Marian was interested in military and aviation history. He started flight lessons as an eighth-grade student and originally pursued an aviation degree at SJSU. He was part of the university’s Precision Flight Team from 2003 to 2005. He studied off and on at SJSU from 2003 on, switching to journalism.

“Chris was one of our excellent senior editors on Access who kept the grammar coordinated with the writing intent,” said Tim Mitchell, a journalism design professor, in a press release about the scholarship. “If Chris was a Western gunslinger, he would have been the fastest draw with an AP Style Guide in his holster.”

Spartan Daily Wins 9 Awards from California College Media Association

by: Richard Craig, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

You’ll be proud to know that the editorial and ad staffs of the Spartan Daily collected nine statewide awards at tonight’s California College Media Association Awards banquet at Cal State Fullerton.

Daily photographer Vernon McKnight won two awards, winning first place honors for Best Features Photo and second place for Best Sports Photo. Lyell Marks took first place for Best Non-Breaking News Story. Leo Postovoit oversaw the Daily entry that took second place for Best Overall Design, and Francisco Rendon took third place for Best Editorial. Chris Marian won a third place for Best Personal Opinion Column, and Brian O’Malley took third place for Best News Photo.

Ad student Vrginia Ochi took a pair of third place awards, for Best Online Ad and Best Color Ad. In addition, our alumnus Steve Lopez won CCMA’s Leland Yee award as a champion of First Amendment rights.

It’s important to remember that these awards have all been won in spite of the competitive disadvantages that the Daily faces. As members of CCMA’s Division A, we compete with college news organizations with far bigger budgets and huge staffs. Some of our competitors have more than 100 students on staff each semester, while the Daily usually has somewhere between 20 and 30 students. It’s remarkable that the Daily staff continues to stack up so well against the big boys.

Please join me in congratulating the winners.