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California Student Journalism Corps

The EdSource California Student Journalism Corps seeks to nurture and support promising journalism students in California while also enhancing EdSource’s ability to report deeply on statewide issues that impact colleges and universities, as well as their surrounding communities. Our network of student journalists report on education in California and earn real-world professional experience by contributing to EdSource, which operates the largest newsroom of education reporters in the state. (See the reporting contributed by our Corps here.)

Corps members develop their skills and prepare for the job market and life after college by working with some of the most seasoned education reporters in California at EdSource, which has emerged as a model for nonprofit journalism. The California Student Journalism Corps welcomes a new cohort of student journalists at the start of the fall, spring and summer semesters. If you are a college student interested in joining the program, learn more here.

Our thanks to the College Futures Foundation for their support of this initiative.

Meet the students: Fall 2022

Erik Adams is a fourth-year journalism student at California State University, Los Angeles. He has worked with EdSource’s Student Corps since spring of 2022 and has contributed to stories with his writing and photography. When he’s not doing journalism things, he enjoys making music, exercising, cooking and reading.

Ramon Castaños is pursuing a journalism degree at Fresno State, where he works for the school’s newspaper, The Collegian. He is a returning intern to the Student Corps and has contributed to stories about cannabis and online instruction. Ramon wants his time with the Corps to help him master his journalistic writing skills.

Randy Flores is a broadcast journalism student at California State University, Northridge. He has worked for KCSN, CSUN’s radio station as an editorial assistant and recently has begun working at the student-run newspaper. He joined the Student Corps to highlight the experiences of other students and to bring awareness to academic issues faced by college communities. Randy plans to focus on writing about science and tech programs while on campus, and wants to eventually break into broadcast news.

Annais Garcia graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills in May 2022. She was born in Los Angeles but lived in Jalisco, Mexico until she was 19-years-old and returned to the United States. She is a returning member of the Student Corps and believes that education in California represents the diversity of its people, and the opportunities we all have to succeed.

Mary McFadden graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a journalism degree in May 2022. She has a passion for writing stories that she hopes will uplift students, educators and families. Mary has been a staff writer for The Daily Bulletin at CSUDH and a freelance reporter with CALO News.

Arabel Meyer is a third-year journalism major at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Originally from San Diego, living in San Luis Obispo and studying journalism has inspired her to want to explore the stories of people all over California and beyond. Arabel is passionate about social issues and equal representation in media, and has enjoyed exploring sociology in college and writing opportunities that are people-focused.

Abbie Phillips is a second-year journalism student minoring in Spanish at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Ever since she got into reading and writing, she’s been passionate — she couldn’t put down Harry Potter, and loved writing short stories and telling them to her friends and family. Abbie, who wrote for her high school’s magazine, can’t wait to dive into working on pressing and important topics. She plans to possibly work as a news editor, in business management or law.

Emmely Ramirez is in her fourth year at California State University, Sacramento as a journalism major and English minor. She has written for Sac State’s newspaper, The State Hornet, which helped her realize the critical role student journalists play in the way their schools operate. Emmely joined the Student Corps this fall because of her interest in stories surrounding education, and her search to find a safe, collaborative space to hone her reporting skills.

Titus Wilkinson attends San José State University, majoring in journalism and minoring in communications. He has written for The Spear, a student-run media organization that focuses on sports. Titus has also written for his high school’s yearbook and magazine. He plans to pursue a career in sports journalism, wanting to move into sports broadcasting and commentating.

Amelia Wu attends Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where she is pursuing a journalism degree and working at the university’s paper, Mustang News, as a data and investigations reporter. When she’s not on a deadline, Amelia enjoys baking, playing tennis and catching up on the latest Netflix conspiracy documentary.

Last modified: November 7, 2022