Professor David Chai took first place for "Enrique Wrecks the World" at the CreaTiVe Awards.

SJSU Professors Receive CreaTiVe Film Awards

Professor David Chai took first place for "Enrique Wrecks the World" at the CreaTiVe Awards.

Professor David Chai took first place for "Enrique Wrecks the World" at the CreaTiVe Awards.

Proving once again that SJSU produces outstanding films, Assistant Professor David Chai and Associate Professor Michael Cheers won top prizes at the CreaTiVe Awards ceremony held Jan. 8 at the San Jose Repertory Theatre.

Chai took first place for films under 30 minutes for “Enrique Wrecks the World.” The film also recently received an Annie Award Nomination. The Annie Awards are the animation industry’s highest honor, and other nominees in the same category include entries from PIXAR and Warner Bros. The ceremony will be held Feb. 5 in Los Angeles.

“What makes Professor Chai’s accomplishments all the more amazing is that he directs and produces his films at SJSU during the summer with a student crew,” wrote SJSU Animation/Illustration Program Coordinator Alice Carter. “Although it would be easier and more efficient to assemble a team of professionals, Professor Chai understands the importance of this opportunity and volunteers his time with our students.”

Cheers won first place in the nonprofits, art and culture, category for “Soul Sanctuary,” a feature-length documentary that chronicles the rich culture and traditions at Antioch Baptist Church, the oldest African American Baptist church in San Jose.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications supported the project with equipment, post-production software and editing funds. Assistant Professor Kim Komenich and students from Cheers’ photojournalism classes worked as crewmembers.

The CreaTiVe Awards recognize Bay Area media makers who promote and celebrate individual expression, learning, diversity, arts and civic engagement. CreaTV San Jose is a non-profit supporting the use of public and educational access channels and resources among a wide range of individuals, organizations, and institutions.

Watch a short clip of “Enrique Wrecks the World” on SJSU’s YouTube channel.

Learn more about the CreaTiVe awards.

Learn more about “Enrique Wrecks the World.”
Edited 10/3/18: The link to Professor Chai’s website has been removed per campus information security protocols because of potential security issues.

Learn more about “Soul Santuary.”

Photo of Arabic building through etch glass.

SJSU Mass Communications Students Blog From Dubai

Photo of Arabic building through etch glass.

SJSU Samantha Robinson snapped this photo of a building in Dubai.

“Most of our impressions of the Middle East come through the media, and they are stereotypically negative,” wrote Assistant Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications Diane Guerrazzi. “In films, on TV, in magazines and newspapers, the area appears to be populated with terrorists and women who are oppressed. On the face of it, American students might assume they are much different than their counterparts in the Middle East. That is, until they get to know each other.” Continue reading

SJSU Receives $1.2 Million to Develop Afghan Journalism Program

Afghan Students to Intern at Bay Area Media Outlets

Contact: Pat Lopes Harris, 408-656-6999

SAN JOSE, CA — San Jose State University has received a $1.2 million federal grant to train Afghan professors to teach modern journalism. The effort will link San Jose State and Herat University in western Afghanistan for three years.

“A free press and professionalized journalism trade is critical to the stable and vibrant Afghanistan that our Afghan and international partners are working so hard to realize,” Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, U.S. State Department Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, said in a statement. “Governments cannot do this alone, however, which is why I am truly inspired and heartened by this commitment by San Jose State University’s journalism school.

“Herat, Afghanistan’s third largest city, is close to the western border with Iran and of great cultural and historical significance. The future of Afghanistan depends on equipping the younger generation with the tools they need to rebuild their country, so I would like to thank San Jose State University for your role in making the future of Afghanistan a little brighter — your commitment today will change lives,” Holbrooke continued.

“San Jose State University welcomes the opportunity to help bring peace and democracy to Afghanistan by developing a program that will foster the growth of a free press and professional journalism,” said William Briggs, director of the SJSU School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

SJSU Assistant Professor of Journalism Diane Guerrazzi and Lecturer Peter Young will co-administer the program. They will develop curriculum modules and train Herat University faculty and staff, traveling to Afghanistan when it is safe to do so. Subsequently, Afghan students will participate in internships at Bay Area media outlets.

“Our goal is to create a foundation of understanding between Afghans and Americans, with San Jose State at the center of ongoing relations,” Guerrazzi said. “This grant also supports SJSU’s globalization efforts, and fosters our ties with the South Bay’s Afghan community.”

Guerrazzi is a longtime TV news reporter specializing in educational exchanges with the Middle East. Young is a former Fulbright Scholar with a broad international background and multimedia expertise. The grant includes funding for the establishment of Internet-based radio and TV broadcast channels.

San Jose State — Silicon Valley’s largest institution of higher learning with 27,400 students and 3,190 employees — is part of the California State University system. SJSU’s 154-acre downtown campus anchors the nation’s 10th largest city.

New SJSU TV Program Premieres With Marijuana Debate

Equal Time, produced by SJSU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communications, provides an in-depth look at issues important to Californians. This premiere episode examines the ramifications of legalizing and taxing marijuana. The show will air on KTEH as follows: 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 1 a.m. Oct. 28, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30, 11:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and 5:30 a.m. Nov. 1. Continue reading