Front Page News: JMC Student & SF Chronicle Intern James Tensuan Publishes Front Page Photo

by Bob Rucker
We recently posted an article on JMC student James Tensuan and his work for PBS at the Inauguration in Washington this past January. The article can be found here.
There has been another standout effort from the same photo journalism major, who is now doing an internship  this semester for the SF Chronicle.
The image below shows his San Francisco Chronicle front page photo from last week. This is quite an achievement considering the paper has staff photographers who usually cover major events such as the recent funeral that occurred this past Thursday, March 7 for the Santa Cruz policemen killed in the line of duty.
In the digital age, photojournalism has become an increasingly important avenue to democratize news production and news proliferation. JMC students are on the forefront of this endeavor.
JMC and CASA are proud of James and we want to recognize the awesome work being done by JMC students. Special thanks to JMC Internship Faculty Coordinator Matt Cabot for sharing the screen shot.

Photo by James Teshuan. Police Funeral. SF Chronicle.

SLIS Student Jonathan Ward Nominated for Grammy in Best Historical Album

by Sandy Hirsh

SLIS student Jonathan Ward has been nominated for a Grammy in the category of best historical album for his album: Opika Pende: Africa At 78 RPM.  The Grammy Award Ceremony is February 10, 2013.  He has stiff competition, but it is amazing to be nominated. On behalf of SLIS and CASA, we want to congratulate Mr. Ward on his Grammy nomination.

Mr. Ward is quoted as saying, “It is truly astonishing to consider the tremendous variety of music that was pressed to shellac discs on the continent of Africa. Popular songs, topical songs, work songs, comic songs, songs of worship, ritual, dance, and praise—the sheer range of musical styles resists any easy categorization. Further, African geography itself resists boundaries. The boundaries of cultures and languages are often far more complex than political boundaries. Complicating things further, entire countries seem to have been skipped over by both commercial 78 rpm record companies and ethnographers during the 78 rpm era. No doubt it was the same with many cultures. But that doesn’t mean that 78s weren’t everywhere, even in remote parts of the continent. By the mid-1960s, 78s were still a popular if not preferred medium in much of Africa, as a significant amount of the population still used wind-up gramophone players.”

A link to the album and music can be found here:

School of Journalism & Mass Communication Student James Tensuan to Attend Presidential Inauguration

by Bob Rucker, Ph.D.

Photojournalism/mulitmedia student James Tensuan was awarded an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. by PBS to document the second Inauguration of President Obama.

You can see his work and learn more about this special project at:

Thanks to Dr. Michael Cheers for passing along this link to share with JMC and CASA colleagues. James Teshuan is a very talented young man, and we are very proud of him. He did some outstanding work last year at this time when he participated in the CASA sponsored trip to Cuba.

James will share some of his best work in D.C. when he returns, and his photos will be showcased in the downstairs west wing corridor gallery in Dwight Bentel Hall.