The Orange Coast College Foundation has received a donation of $50,000 from Charter Communications to be used to fund equipment such as computers and video screens in a new journalism lab currently under construction.
"We were already excited to build this newsroom for our journalism students and now we're even more excited," says Dean of Literature and Languages Michael Mandelkern. "To me, this newsroom is going to send the message to our students that we are committed to the field of journalism at a time when the industry is under attack."
OCC's new student newsroom will be located on the first floor of the College's Literature & Languages, Social & Behavioral Sciences building, which is expected to open in Fall 2021. The 100,000-square-foot, three-story building will replace 50- and 60-year-old buildings on campus, and will connect to a recently built Math, Business and Computing Center via a skyway bridge.
The newsroom will be the home to OCC's student-run newspaper, The Coast Report, which publishes a bi-weekly edition during the academic semester. The Coast Report is staffed by students enrolled in Journalism 115, giving them an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in journalism and newspaper publishing.
"The newsroom will include large television screens showing news programs from all over the world. This donation will help offset the cost of that equipment," says Mandelkern.
Charter, which owns Spectrum News, made the donation using money that was unused after public television station California Channel ceased operations in October 2019.