Students edit Viewpoints, Riverside City College's award-winning student newspaper.


Viewpoints photos

Viewpoints newsroom videos:


I created a blog, News Must Read, to provide a site for my students to find stories that they should be reading. I will use some of the stories linked from my News Must Read blog to generate current events questions in the pop quizzes and tests in the Journalism 1 and Journalism 7 classes. Here is the link to my blog:


The Journalism program is located in the former Assessment building, which is next to the MLK building.

Journalism 2 to be offered summer 2018:

Riverside City College is offering the Journalism 2 - Intermediate Reporting/Newswriting class this summer.

The class emphasizes writing and reporting for multiple platforms, including online. Students will learn multimedia skills, such as interviewing for video, writing for social media and presenting the news online.

Students will also learn how to cover public affairs beats such as city councils, schools boards and other government agencies.

The three-unit class is scheduled to meet in Digital Library Room 108 from June 18 through July 26, from 10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Matt Schoenmann is the course’s instructor.

To qualify for enrollment in Journalism 2, students must first complete Journalism 1. Both courses are included in the Journalism program’s transfer degree.

Enrolling in Journalism classes at RCC:

I will not add students after the second day of classes for my Journalism 1 and Journalism 7 classes. You would need to attend class on the first and second day of classes to have any chance of adding either class.

As stated in the schedule of classes, Viewpoints' recruiting flier, this website, and in Viewpoints in print and online, we hold twice-daily mandatory orientations for four days in the first week of the fall and spring semesters for Viewpoints students. If you do not attend one of these orientations, you will not be allowed to enroll in Journalism 20 or Journalism 52 or you will be dropped from the class. 

Join Viewpoints:

JOIN THE Viewpoints STAFF!

It’s a combination hard to beat:

1) Earn three units of academic credit with Journalism 20 or Journalism 52.
2) Get desktop publishing or Internet design experience.
3) 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.
4) Get writing and editing experience covering interesting and exciting events.
5) Win awards. Viewpoints has won hundreds of national, state and regional awards.
6) Make money selling ads.
7) Learn how a newspaper works in print and online.
8) Become part of a team dedicated to public service and make a difference.
9) Have fun!

How to join:

Mandatory orientations for Viewpoints students will be held in the Journalism Building at Riverside City College on August 28, 29, 30 and 31 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12:30-1:30 p.m. (attend any one of these meetings).

New and returning students may attend an optional meeting August 13 at 1:30 p.m. to help plan the back-to-school newspaper.

Viewpoints needs writers, editors, photographers, cartoonists, and combinations thereof. Students may sign up for Journalism 20 for writing and photography.

Editing positions are available in news, features, opinion, sports, arts and entertainment, photography, advertising design, advertising management and Internet. Assistant editing positions are available in all sections. Viewpoints also has positions available for copy editors. To apply for an editing position, give to Mr. Lovelace, by the deadline of September 4 at 1 p.m., a signed and dated letter that identifies the editing position sought, an alternative position (optional), your experience and your goals for Viewpoints and your career. Optional materials may include a resume, published clips or writing samples, transcripts and letters of recommendation. Student editors must enroll in Journalism 52 by September 4 at 1 p.m. 

Visit the following websites for more information:


Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints adviser
4800 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside City College
Riverside, CA 92506
Office location: Journalism Building (next to the MLK building)
Fall and spring semesters office hours:
3-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays
2:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays
3-4:30 p.m. Thursdays
10-11 a.m. Fridays
Office telephone: 951-222-8487

Matt Schoenmann, Viewpoints part-time adviser
Office telephone: 951-222-8488
Dominique Redfearn, Viewpoints editor-in-chief
Telephone: 951-222-8495

Viewpoints advertising manager
Telephone: 951-222-8488

Viewpoints newsroom
Telephone: 951-222-8488

Journalism at Riverside City College: 

The Journalism program offers an Associate Degree in Journalism as well as an Area of Emphasis in Communication, Media, and Languages.

Students in the Journalism program at Riverside City College employ ethical principles and practical skills when they present their work to the public in print and online. Students are encouraged to serve the public in their journalism work, and they excel in storytelling with text, digital photos and online videos in their newspaper and website.

The Journalism program has a strong track record of success. Students in the program win many national, state, and regional awards, including:

-More than 300 Journalism Association of Community Colleges individual awards from 1996-2018, 33 JACC General Excellence awards from 1996-2018, JACC state Pacesetter Award, and JACC Best newspaper in Southern California.

-Associated Collegiate Press national Best of Show Newspaper in 2015, 2011 and 2004; ACP national Multimedia Story of the Year in 2009; ACP national Pacemaker awards in 2005 and 2004; ACP national Opinions Story of the Year in 2003; ACP national Sports Story of the Year in 2000; five ACP annual All-American awards.

-Four awards from the California College Media Association in 2015.

-California Newspaper Publishers Association Best Writing, 2012.

-Fifty-two Society of Professional Journalists awards.

-Three Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence awards.

The Journalism program, which has served students and the college community with a newspaper since 1922, has kept pace with the changes in media occurring nationwide. While the program continues to offer a print newspaper, it has added a website, Viewpoints Online, and other sites such as a special national and state elections website that won a prestigious national multimedia award in 2009 in competition with university student media. For more information, visit the following website:

Viewpoints online edition:

Graduates of the program are prepared to transfer to universities and to work in a variety of media and affiliated fields. They can write text stories and video scripts, work as part of a multimedia team, design print and online media, and put their critical thinking skills to use in their media work.


Here are the required textbooks for each Journalism class for the spring 2018 semester:

Journalism 1: Writing and Reporting for the Media. By Bender. 11th edition.

Journalism 1: The Associated Press Stylebook. 2017 edition.

Journalism 7: Mass Communication - Living in a Media World. By Ralph Hanson. 5th edition.

Journalism 20: The Associated Press Stylebook. 2017 edition.

Journalism 52: The Associated Press Stylebook. 2017 edition.

Consider the following information regarding your textbooks:

1) You must have the Journalism 1 textbook, Writing and Reporting for the Media, by the fourth day of classes for the fall and spring semesters.

2) The best way to purchase a textbook is from another RCC student. Put up a flyer on the classroom door and the Viewpoints newsroom door on the first day of classes -- or earlier.

3) Do not wait several days after classes begin to attempt to purchase or rent the Journalism 1 textbook, Writing and Reporting for the Media, from RCC's bookstore.

4) There is a bookstore that sells textbooks in Riverside. I do not know whether it stocks any of the required Journalism textbooks.

5) Do NOT purchase an older edition of Writing and Reporting for the Media or Mass Communication - Living in a Media World. The assigned pages and the assignments will not match, and you will not be able to complete the assignments.

6) Students may NOT share textbooks in the Journalism 1 and Journalism 7 classes, so you must purchase or rent your own textbooks.

7) You may NOT use an e-book for the Journalism 1 or Journalism 7 classes.

8) You could attempt to purchase or rent the Journalism 1 textbook, Writing and Reporting for the Media, online, but you must use overnight or two-day delivery and you must order the textbook on the first day of classes -- or earlier. By ordering online, you would be taking the risk that your Writing and Reporting for the Media textbook may not arrive by the fourth day of classes and that you would get a zero grade for any missed assignments.

9) You can save a lot of money by buying used textbooks. For the Journalism 1 class, however, you must make sure that all of the pages with assignments are in the Reporting for the Media textbook. If any of the assignment pages are missing, you must return the textbook and get another one prior to the fourth day of classes. 

RCC Library hosts reception for student news media exhibit:

The exhibit, “RCC Student Journalism: A Century of Excellence,” was displayed in the Library at Riverside City College.

Attending the reception in April were student journalists and faculty advisers from the 1970s to 2016.

The reception’s guest speaker was Jim Alexander, who was a student editor with the newspaper in the 1970s and is now a sports columnist with The Press-Enterprise.

Jane Edelman, whose father, Robert Patton, was the newspaper’s faculty adviser in the 1930s through the 1950s, created the exhibit with Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints’ current faculty adviser.

The reception was a wonderful opportunity to meet former students and faculty advisers and to hear their stories about what it was like to work with the student newspaper when they were here at RCC.

The first RCC student newspaper was published in 1922. Before then, RCC students wrote news stories about the college in 1917 and published them in the Poly high school newspaper.

Photos of the reception:

More photos:

Journalism at RCC