Join the Clarion staff

Do you have a passion for writing? Have an interest in reporting news? We are always looking for bright talented writers, photographers, artists and more!

Register for one of the many classes that help contribute to the production of the Citrus College Clarion, the award-winning student newspaper of Citrus College! There are no prerequisites to join the paper, although it is strongly recommended that you take COMM 101 prior, we work with a wide range of personalities, topics and writers.

Whether you have experience or are a new writer, the Clarion can help you discover your talents and passion for writing, design, blogging, podcasting, etc.

JOINPIC• COMM 240A (3 units) – STAFF WRITING: Mon & Wed 8:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m.
This class does all the writing that is featured in the Clarion, students will learn about inverted pyramid structure, AP (Associated Press) style writing and gain experience with copyediting and proofreading. Work in teams, and in collaboration with the other student publication classes to produce news and feature stories packages.
• COMM 230 (3 units) – DESKTOP PUBLISHING: Mon & Wed 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This class focuses on the look, design and aesthetic of the Clarion. Students will get hands on training in use of Adobe PhotoShop and InDesign CC as well as learn about news page design and layout. Works with the staff writing class to effectively design compelling, eye-catching layouts and photos.
• COMM 245 (2 units) – EDITORIAL BOARD: Tues & Thurs 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Are you opinionated, got something on your mind? This is the class for you! This class provides practical instruction and experience for campus editors in writing, editing and evaluating editorials and opinions in the Clarion.
• COMM 103 (1 unit) – FREELANCE JOURNALISM: Fri 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

If your Mon-Thursday schedule is booked up but still are interested in contributing, the Freelance class may just be your best bet! This course is designed to accommodate students who want to contribute to the Clarion in print or online, but cannot enroll in the other classes. Students interested in advertising, design, writing, photograph, art and graphics may participate in the production of the Clarion to a limited extent.

So, why join?
– Classes are UC/CSU transferable units.
– Get desktop publishing or Internet design experience.
– Learn and use the tools of the trade: brand new Mac mini computers equipped with the latest Adobe CC software, DSLR cameras and long lenses at your disposal.
– Build a portfolio of your work published with your byline. A portfolio of published work is essential to get a summer internship or full-time media job.
– Get writing and copy-editing experience covering exciting events on campus and in the community.
– Get familiar with Associated Press style and inverted pyramid structure. Great skills to have on a resume (especially for you PR folks!)
– Great opportunities to network and gain mentor/internships with professionals in the media field
– Be part of an award-winning news publication. Journalism Association of Community College award winners are recruited by universities and stand out in job interviews/resumes.
– Learn about the production of a print newspaper and online posts.
– Become part of a team dedicated to public service and make a difference.
– Get to know the administration and faculty that help run the campus.

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Feel free to stop by our newsroom in TC123 (across from Technical Education), looks like this:

Clarion Newsroom TC123. Located across from the Technical Education building. (Evan Solano/Clarion)

Clarion Newsroom TC123. Located across from the Technical Education building. (Evan Solano/Clarion)



Evan Solano is the current Managing Editor of the Citrus College Clarion for Fall 2015. This is his fourth semester on the Clarion, having also served as Managing Editor in Fall 2014. He is a journalism major who hopes to transfer to Cal State Fullerton. He has been a member of the Clarion since Fall 2013, and does freelance writing, photography and graphic design.