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JAA Welcome Welcome from JAA President Bob Tarlau (’65)
(Updated March 2014)

Welcome to the website of the Journalism Alumni Association at CSUN.  I have been president of the JAA for just over a year now.  My goal and that of our 16-member Board of Directors is to promote interactions among and between CSUN journalism graduates, current journalism students and the university's Journalism Department. 

I'll use this column to encourage you to join (or renew your membership in) the JAA... but first here's a rundown of our both our recent and on-going activities:


The Journalism Alumni Association (assisted by CSUN's Alumni Association) provided logistical support to the Journalism Department faculty in staging its annual Career Day on March 20.

The faculty arranged for two speakers panels and the JAA provided most of the professional reviewers for a third and final session during which we engaged students on finding both a first job and long term career satisfaction in journalism.  Thanks to all my fellow JAA members who participated and offered advice and encouragement.  About 100 students took part in Career Day, which ran from 9:30am to 1:30pm.

Prof. Stephanie Bluestein's Career Day photos can be found at this link.

My own shots can be found here.


During the current Spring semester, our main on-going activity is on-line Coaching.  The prime goal here is to help students struggling with grammar, style and comprehension.  Those are major issues for students in all majors at CSU campuses. The coaches (so far mainly from the board) are working one on one with students on homework assignments.  Preliminary results are encouraging.

This is a pilot program for the JAA this semester.  There are eight coaches and five faculty members. We'll make a decision by semester's end about expanding the program in the fall.


The 2013-14 fall semester was marked by two major events:  Speed Mentoring on Wed Oct 2 and the JAA reception for journalism alumni at the Valley Performing Arts Center on Sat Nov 16.   That was ahead of the performance by David Sedaris.  To gather further interest, we opened the reception to other grads of the Mike Curb College of Arts, Media and Communication. It was an enjoyable evening for all who attended.

Photos of the reception can be found at this link.


As for Speed Mentoring, it was a solid success.  We attracted about 75 students who were able to interact with 25 mentors from all the various forms of our profession.   We had two two-hour sessions at the Orange Grove Bistro.

Thanks also to board member Andrew Lopez ('12), who chairs our Mentoring Committee, which organized this event. 

This is the link to the speed mentoring photo album.

As you've just read, the JAA is very active.  We'd like to have you on board as a current, dues-paying member of the CSUN Alumni Association... with the JAA designated as your chapter of choice. If you are are a member now, I thank you. 

For those who have become “lapsed” members – those who haven’t renewed when their yearly active period ended - please renew now.  Go to the Membership tab on this website.

Membership is just $40 a year.  It's VERY IMPORTANT that you designate Journalism Alumni Association as your chapter of choice.  The JAA receives $10 from every paid alumni membership.  But we only get that if the JAA is designated on the registration form. That money is used to fund the kinds of programs I described above.. along with scholarships. 

Additionally, the CSUN Alumni Association provides a package of incentives, including 10% ticket discounts for VPAC.  You will find all of those benefits listed on the front page of   On that page, you will also find the membership button in the left column.

For the latest news on the JAA and CSUN’s journalism grads, please check out The Full Scoop.  You can read it by just clicking the Full Scoop button on the left column of this home page.

We’re also up and running on Facebook.  Please link to and “like” and “friend” us at

Your suggestions as to how the JAA can be more meaningful are welcome.  You can write to me directly at
Thanks for reading this.  We can accomplish a lot together!


Bob Tarlau, JAA President