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Media and Communication Days

The seventh annual Media Days will be held May 1 and 2. Click on the link for more information. Media Days 2019

The sixth annual Media Days at Palomar College was held April 25-26, 2018

In case you missed it, here are the videos of our panels.
Media Days 2016:  Public Relations Panel

Media Days 2016:  Broadcast News

Media Days 2016:  Magazine Panel

Media Days 2016:  Journalism/Online




SAN MARCOS – The Media Studies Department at Palomar College is hosting a two-day event to help students learn about the media through talks by professionals working in the field.

The event is set to run from 9:30 – 2 p.m. on Monday, April 25 and from 9:30 -5:30 p.m. on April 26 at the San Marcos Campus of Palomar College, 1140 W. Mission Road.

The event has been running since 2009 in an effort to help students learn from and network with media professionals from around Southern California. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s line up includes Pultizer Prize-winning photographer Don Bartletti and NBC 4 LA Reporter Marin Austin.

Here is a tentative schedule of events:

Monday, April 25 in Governing Board Room (SSC-1)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   –

11 a.m. – 12:20 p.m. – Magazine Panel

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Photography Panel: Don Bartletti in Room P32


Tuesday, April 26 in Governing Board Room (SCC-1)

9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.   – Public Relations

11 a.m – 12:20 p.m. – Broadcast News – NBC-LA Reporter Marin Austin

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.– Resume/Portfolio Critique – Bring your resume and portfolios

2 p.m – 3 p.m. – Media Days Reception in AA – Courtyard

4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – Cinema Panel in P32

For more information, email


In case you missed it, here are links to videos for the Spring 2015 Media Days Speakers! A special thanks to Palomar College Television for filming!
Media Days: Fox 5 Morning News Anchors

Media Days: Public Relations Specialists

Media Days: Investigative Journalism: Charger’s Stadium Reporters

Media Days: Radio DJ Jesse Lozano

Media Days: Media Studies Alumni Panel



Media and Communication Days concluded its fifth event on April 24. The lecture series began at the San Elijo campus of MiraCosta College with an entertainment reporter on Monday night. MiraCosta hosted more panels on its Oceanside campus on Tuesday. Palomar followed on Wednesday and Cal State San Marcos concluded the series with a lecture on Social Identity. The event served hundreds of students, faculty and staff. If you have suggestions or questions, please email

We will see you next April for the sixth installment of MAC Days.


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The Fifth annual MAC DAYS was April 22-24, 2014.

Updated schedule below.

Download MiraCosta program here  or see updated schedule below. Download Cal State San Marcos’ program CSUSM MAC_Program_ Palomar’s program is herePalomar media days Flyer2

MAC Days Schedule 2014

Monday, April 21st

MCC, San Elijo Campus, 333 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff Student Center Conference Room, Building 900 Reception: 6:00-6:30pm
Keynote Speaker with Q&A to follow: 6:30-8:00pm

From OJ Simpson to Jessica Simpson:
The Rapidly Changing Face of Entertainment Journalism

WillKeckWilliam Keck, Hollywood Entertainment Reporter Moderated by: Adrienne Luban

From The National Enquirer to the Los Angeles Times and People Magazine, Hollywood entertainment reporter William Keck has interviewed nearly every star working today. A former staff reporter at USA Today and a senior editor at TV Guide, William will share his survival stories from his early years working as a tabloid reporter during the OJ Simpson scandal, and discuss how he was able to go ‘legit’ and gain entrance to red carpets, awards shows and film junkets, as well as the sets of today’s hottest television shows. He will also discuss how the age of social media has changed the role of a journalist, presenting both opportunities and unique challenges. Learn what to expect, what to avoid and what opportunities are available to you right now as you conceptualize your careers.

Tuesday, April 22nd

MCC, Oceanside Campus, 1 Barnard Drive, Oceanside Student Center, Aztlan A & B, Building 3400

“Got experience?”


Come learn how you can gain valuable job experience with an internship in communication. Hear from current and former interns about the dos and don’ts, the positives and the negatives of an MCC internship. The Career Center will be available to answer questions as well.


  • Brandon Beach, Intern, TransWorld Business Alma Menera, Intern, Magic 92.5
  • Alana Stroud, Intern, MCC Student Activities Ron Tranbarger, Intern, MCC Writing Center & CAC Suzie Woldeab, Intern, Versace
  • Moderated by: Meghan Dougherty

“How’d you land that great job?”


Want to know what to do with a degree in communication? Curious about what types of jobs are available in media? Come hear from professionals working in areas of radio, marketing, social media, search engine optimizer, magazines, etc. who will give you the ins and outs of the job market and what to expect as you go knocking on doors.


  • Drew Coalson, Content Syndication Manager, Grind Media
  • Jonathan Gomez, School Relations & Diversity Outreach Coordinator, MiraCosta College
  • Sheena Schleicher, Senior SEO & Search Marketing Manager, Cuker Interactive
  • Jonathan Schwartz, President/COO, 102.1 KPRI
  • Moderated by: Brogan Griffin

At Palomar College 1140 W. Mission Road San Marcos, CA 92069

Wednesday, April 23rd

“Communicating in a New Media Age”

  • Learn about opportunities and changes in the media industry

    Learn about getting internships and jobs from Palomar Alumni

    Tour Palomar’s TV station, Radio Station and Newsroom

    Schedule of Events

    KKSM Remote at the Student Union 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

    Journalism panel 11a.m. – 12 p.m. (Governing Board Room)

    Keynote – Raoul Martinez & Erica Fox from Fox 5 morning 12:30 – 1:30 (Governing Board Room)

    Media Studies Alumni panel 2-3 p.m. (Governing Board Room)

    PCTV, KKSM, Telescope open house 3:15-4:15

    Cinema panel 4:30-5:30 (P32)

At Cal State San Marcos 333 S Twin Oaks Valley Rd, San Marcos, CA 92078

MAC Days Alumni Panels

Careers, Internships, and Graduate Study in Media and Communication

Thursday, April 24, 2014 

KEL 5400 – The Reading Room (Free Parking in Lot B)

CAREERS: 10:30 – 11:45 AM

Moderated by Ron Tranbarger, Lambda Pi Eta President


Virginia Accetta (2006) Travel Consultant, Travel Leaders

Mercy Castro (2013) Promotions Director/Assistant to the Senior VP at Univision, Palm Springs

Aimeeleigh Coulter (2011) Patient Advocate/Motivational Speaker

Sydney Brink (2013) Event Sales Coordinator, San Diego Zoo & Safari Park

Chad A. Ross (2002) Director of Broker Dealer Services, Pacific Life Insurance Company

Joshua Sandoval (2007) Casting Associate, ITV 

Alison St. John North County Bureau Chief, KPBS

Christine Vaughan (2006) Public Information Officer/Communications Specialist, University Advancement, CSUSM


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INTERNSHIPS: 12:00-1:00 PM


Moderated by Maricel Alamares, CommSociety President


Catherine Armas-Matsumoto (2000) Internship Coordinator, Department of Communication, CSUSM

Kyle Jon Haman (2014) Communication/Intern, ZTPR

Bridgette Murnane, CSU Entertainment Industries Initiative

Cassandra Peterson (2013) Nanny 

Robyn Sembera (2012) Assoc. Mgr., Continuing Medical Ed. and Social Media at Taking Control of Your Diabetes

Mari Steffensmeier Career Counselor, Career Center, CSUSM

Tj Stroben (1999) Real Estate Agent and Property Consultant, California Residential Consulting


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Moderated by Christine Lee, Lambda Pi Eta VP of Public Relations


Maricel Alamares (2014) Communication/Graduate School Applicant

Jacinta Chavous-Kambach (2002) Graduate Student, Organizational Leadership Ed.D. Program, Brandman University

Jennifer Gehrisch (2011) Graduate Student, MA in Communication, SDSU

Rebecca Leach (2008) Graduate Student, Masters in Social Welfare, UC Berkeley

Maximilian Mann (2012) Graduate Student, MBA, SDSU


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“Social Identity in the Age of Social Media”

Prof. Caroline Sawyer

Lecturer in Communication and Mass Media, CSUSM

Introduction by Adam Daigneau, Lambda Pi Eta Treasurer

Click here  for more  information.