PLNU News

05
Dec

On a sunny December afternoon, Christmas carols could be heard drifting about the Point Loma campus as students busily prepared for final exams.

KPLR, the student-managed campus radio station, helped students get into the holiday spirit by broadcasting 16 hours of Christmas music as part of its annual fundraiser, Seaside Christmas.

Seaside Christmas kicked off at 8:00 am, involving a full day of song requests, contests, prizes, and most notably, fundraising for the San Diego Rescue Mission.

This year, the Point Loma faculty, staff and students raised over $300 for the mission, which helps men, women and children get back on their feet through valuable programs, all while sharing God’s love.

“The day was a success,” said KPLR station manager, Jason Carter, a senior broadcast journalism major. “It was great seeing the large amount of participation on campus.”

KPLR broadcast from both its booth in Nicholson Commons and a remote board on Caf Lane. Students visited the remote location throughout the day, dropping off donations and participating in the contests.

“We had some pretty large crowds gathered for every contest and event,” said Carter. “It was a great opportunity to showcase KPLR and raise money for a good cause.”

Students participated in contests such as “drinking a carton of eggnog the fastest” and “finishing a candy cane the fastest,” for a chance to win prizes donated by local sponsors, including Baja Fresh, Miguel’s, Pat and Oscar’s, Papa John’s Pizza and Starbucks.

Communications & Theatre
07
Nov

Point Loma Nazarene University
Communication Department
3900 Lomaland Dr.
San Diego, CA 92106
Contact: Justin Hagan
Phone: (619) 849-2729

PLNU STUDENTS WIN AT BEST FEST AMERICA

San Diego, CA – Short films produced by two PLNU students were recently recognized at the BestFest America film festival. Bryan Bangerter’s comedy/musical “She Sang, She Directed” received first place in the comedy genre. Blake Nelson’s comedy “Kisses and Pudding” received an honorable mention in the comedy competition. The UltraStar cinemas at the Mission Valley Hazard Center hosted this year’s BestFest America on November 7.

“She Sang, She Directed” was about a young director who sold a witty script to producers that wanted to change everything about it, actors that were not cooperative, and a producer who was overwhelmed by the whole process of Hollywood. The music and songs in the short were all original. Bangerter and his crew collaborated with students from the music department to create the music and the theater department for the acting.

“ I was happy to be honored along with my co-writers and orchestrator, Daniel Page, Andrew Gumm and Chris Tweedy,” said Bangerter. “It was fun to see it with an audience.” Bangerter said he is waiting to hear from a number of other festivals. He also is planning to release a DVD of the short film later this month. It can be purchased at etsy.com for $25.

Communications & Theatre
12
May

Nikki Jimenez, a PLNU broadcast journalism major, was featured on the Asian American Journalists Association website.
Story & Interview by Regina Ip - View the story here as well.

Each month, The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) San Diego is featuring a member of the chapter and the work they do. This is the fourth profile.

For anyone going into the journalism field right now, it’s a stressful time. Nikki Jimenez senses the concerns, but cherishes the indisputable value of journalism.

“The need for people to share their stories will never go away,” she said through e-mail. “So for me, I’m trying to stay positive and see it as a way to find creative ways to tell stories and serve my community.”

A senior at Point Loma Nazarene University, Jimenez aspires to be a broadcast journalist and is prepped for post-grad life.

Pursuing a career in television, Jimenez sees herself working in front of the camera as a news or entertainment/feature reporter, or behind the scenes as a producer. She says she enjoys all aspects of television, and said her “outgoing personality and motivation would allow me to excel at anything I am challenged with.”

The broadcast journalism major and public relations minor has been involved in two channels at Point Loma Nazarene, where she has produced and done some on-air reporting and interview shows.

For Channel 2, she hosts Cup ‘O News, a 4-5 minute news segment about Point Loma and local news she enjoys because of its “casual presence and delivery.” At another campus cable station, Channel 3, Jimenez has been serving as the news manager of Coastline News, where she is in charge of every aspect of live television reporting. Her main job is producing, but she is also involved in writing, editing and anchoring. She also hosts other studio-based shows: Reel Students, which highlights student filmmakers, and Acoustic Sessions, which features musicians.

The future journalist is already prepared and well on her way toward a successful career. She has interned at three different companies. Her first internship was during the summer of last year at Channel 4, where she was mentored by AAJA San Diego President Jessica Chang. This was also where Jimenez learned about the behind-the-scenes production aspects of television stations.

In fall 2008, she interned at NBC 7/39, where she practiced her reporting skills and got a feel for daily news. Currently Jimenez is an intern at West Public Relations in La Mesa.

Despite her busy schedule, Jimenez stays involved with AAJA. She received an AAJA scholarship to attend last year’s hands-on multimedia workshop. She has also participated in several AAJA mixers and forums where she had the opportunity not only to network with professional journalists, but to share a common culture where she can further relate to people on other levels. It is through AAJA that Jimenez met Chang, with whom she formed a “wonderful mentorship and friendship” and obtained her Channel 4 internship.

Jimenez answered some questions about her life behind and in front of the camera via e-mail:

How did you get started in journalism? What do you enjoy most about it? What’s your least favorite part?
I was always a writer. Whether it was writing for my school’s newspaper or recording my thoughts in a journal, I was constantly in hand with a pen and paper. It wasn’t until high school when I was intrigued by the visual aspect of it and decided I wanted to major in broadcast journalism. I really enjoy the interviewing part of journalism. I like meeting new and different people, finding out what kind of story they have to tell, and how I can help them share it. My least favorite part of broadcast journalism is the short amount of airtime a story may actually get.

Do you have classes or lessons aimed at dealing with new media at Point Loma? Should there be more or less? Is there a topic you wish was covered?
I’ve taken a lot of writing and media classes while at PLNU. Unfortunately, there have not been too many multimedia classes offered. But that is changing next year when the broadcast journalism major embraces the ins and outs of convergence media that will help students understand the union of print, broadcast, and web media. As the world of journalism and how people communicate news is changing, PLNU professors are guiding students through the evolving process of journalism.

How do you get most of your news? How do your friends get their news? What do you read or view regularly?
I get most of my news online through station web sites and their online videos. I’m sure most of my friends get their sources of news from online as well. But I also still pick up a newspaper most mornings as I head into the cafeteria to eat breakfast. Reading the paper during breakfast is a great way to take time and read.

As both a young journalist and news consumer, do you have any ideas as to how traditional media should change that aren’t being considered or don’t receive enough attention?
I think it’s interesting how news stations are having such a big Facebook presence! They have vlogs, discussion forums, news webcasts, and constant status updates. While it’s different that people are getting their news from a social network, at least the content is still up to par as if it was being broadcasted or printed through traditional means.

Do you have any plans after graduation?
Directly after graduation, I am taking my summer to travel abroad. On the Monday after graduation, I will be headed to Chiang Mai, Thailand, on PLNU’s short-term mission program, LoveWorks. We’ll be working with a church out there, teaching English, and working on Vacation Bible Schools with kids. I am excited to be part of something so enriching and culturally diverse. Then from there, I will be flying to the Philippines to visit family! I am especially excited for that because I’ve never been and my Filipino culture means a lot to me. I don’t think there’s anything like visiting your homeland and experiencing little things that your parents and grandparents grew up doing and seeing. After that, I will be going to Los Cabos, Mexico, to be a high school camp counselor for PLNU’s program, YouthWorks.

After my summer travels, I will be returning to San Diego and continue working as an intern with Mia West at West Public Relations. During this time, I’ll continue getting hands-on experience in public relations and work on developing my portofolio and reel.

A lot of professional journalists have been worried about their future in journalism. As a student journalist, does the state of the industry worry you?
Oh, definitely. There are many times I’ve asked myself why I’m going into this industry because of the lack of jobs, but at the same time, it’s a little exciting and interesting to see how it’s evolving. I don’t think, however, the need for people to share their stories will ever go away. So for me, I’m trying to stay positive and see it as a way to find creative ways to tell stories and serve my community.

Check out some of Jimenez’s video clips here: Cup ‘O News, Reel Students and Acoustic Sessions.

Communications & Theatre
01
Mar

TV Channel 3, Point Loma Nazarene University
Department of Communication and Theatre

Contact: Sherene Ebrahimi, Marketing & Promotions Manager
Cell Phone: 760-580-5953
Email: sebrahimi100@pointloma.edu
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Written by: Monica Rojas
Date: March 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Channel 3: Your Channel, PLNU’s official student-operated cable channel, isn’t just for television anymore. Now you can catch your favorite Channel 3 shows on demand, on and off campus, on the World Wide Web. Check out the new website at www.vimeo.com\channelthree to view episodes of Coastline News, The Beat, Reel Students, S.E.T. (Sports Entertainment Tonight), and Christians in Media. All these shows are student-produced for Channel 3.

This is the first semester that Channel 3 has owned the website, and the management team is excited to see how they can use it in the future to better serve and entertain viewers. Sherene Ebrahimi, the Marketing and Promotions Manager for Channel 3, says the chance to share student projects online has a great potential to increase viewership and interest in the channel.

“Now, Channel 3 is more accessible. They can see program samples on the internet,” said Ebrahimi.

Channel 3 has chosen to open a website through Vimeo so that students would have access to video archives, which is not available through their original page on a PLNU hosted website. Their goal for the future is to make accessing the website easier by connecting the Vimeo account to the PLNU website.

Communications & Theatre
01
Mar

TV Channel 3, Point Loma Nazarene University
Department of Communication and Theatre

Contact: Sherene Ebrahimi, Marketing & Promotions Manager
Cell Phone: 760-580-5953
Email: sebrahimi100@pointloma.edu
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Written by: Monica Rojas
Date: March 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PLNU had a special interest in this year’s 25th Sundance Film Festival, as one of its very own alumni had his film selected in the short film category. But not only did Destin Daniel Cretton’s (PLNU ’01 alum) film Short Term 12 get selected to screen at the festival, but it won best short film. The category for the award was “U.S. Jury Prize” for short films.

The Sundance Film Festival is one of largest and most prestigious independent film festival in the world. Every year, thousands of submissions compete in seven different categories, four of which are judged by a jury. The films are then narrowed down to 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films and 80 short films. There were more than 5,600 submissions in Cretton’s category alone.

Short Term 12 follows a man named Denim, who works as a supervisor at a residential facility for teenagers. In the film, Denim is affected by the stories of the fifteen kids he supervises, and how their struggles in some ways mirror his own. Cretton, who is receiving his Master’s Degree in film at San Diego State University, produced the film as a Master’s project. The film’s crew included several other PLNU alumni, including Bekah Macias (‘06), Brad Kester (‘06), Jared Callahan (‘05), and Whitney Ball (‘05).

For more information and to view the “Short Term 12” trailer, visit its official website at www.shortterm12.com.

Communications & Theatre
01
Mar

TV Channel 3, Point Loma Nazarene University
Department of Communication and Theatre

Contact: Sherene Ebrahimi, Marketing & Promotions Manager
Cell Phone: 760-580-5953
Email: sebrahimi100@pointloma.edu
Advisor: Alan Hueth (619) 849-2358
Written by: Monica Rojas
Date: March 1, 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Two PLNU students had an extraordinary experience as they traveled to Utah to participate in the 25th annual Sundance Film Festival. Jake Schafer and Justin Hagan are the first two students to ever participate in the Communication and Theater Department’s newest course, COM 490: Special Topics--Sundance Film Festival, taught by Dr. Alan Hueth.

The Sundance Film Festival is the biggest event of the year for independent films. Every year, thousands of submissions compete in seven different categories, four of which are judged by a jury. The films are then narrowed down to 120 dramatic and documentary feature-length films and 80 short films. Point Loma had a special interest in the competition this year, having one alumni competing in the festival.

As part of the course, Hagan and Schafer screened 19 films at the festival, than wrote ten short film analysis papers and one major term paper.

The PLNU Sundance program was assisted by the Windrider Forum, a non-profit educational organization that assists in providing free housing and supplemental film screenings and educational sessions. The PLNU group joined faculty and students from three other Christian universities: Biola, Taylor, and Fuller Theological Seminary.

Students were also able to participate in a question-and-answer session with the filmmakers after each film. According to Hueth, the first trip was a huge success. “It was an extremely valuable experience,” says Hueth. “And I hope that students will want to attend the festival next year.”

The course is scheduled to be offered every spring semester. Information on registering for the class will be available at the next advising chapel. Students not involved in the department can get information by contacting Dr. Hueth at alanhueth@pointloma.edu, or his office phone at 619-849-2358. A program meeting, planning, and registration session is being planned for the next year’s program, and will occur sometime in October 2009.

Communications & Theatre