My name is Brandon Richardson and I am writing you in regards to the recent decision by Vice President of Student Affairs Terri Long and the English Department to cancel Journalism 1A and the City magazine editors class, “due to low enrollment.”
I have been immersed in the journalism program at LBCC for the last two years, having discovered a new passion during my first semester at the college after a five-year absence. The first class that piqued this interest was City magazine. The journalism program at our school has given me a new perspective on the world and changed my life, as I know it has done for countless other students, both past and present.
Aside from my personal frustration of this class being dropped—needing the units to receive my scholarship that I worked hard for, this being the last journalism class for me to take and many classes now being full—it is especially disconcerting that the school would effectively put a stop to City magazine for this year, as it has been published for nearly four decades by aspiring journalists and graphic designers, many of whom were new to journalism, but went on to successful careers because of it.
It is very disappointing that the staff writers and photographers from last semester, who were looking forward to seeing their hard work in print, as they should, may see nothing of the sort. I can say from experience that seeing a hard copy of a story or photo, be it in the magazine or newspaper, brings on an amazing sense of accomplishment, especially for new writers and photographers. This is what City magazine does, but last semester’s students have had that opportunity taken from them.
In Superintendent-President Oakley’s State of the College address earlier this month, he spoke of the Viking spirit and of school tradition and pride, even acknowledging me for the Journalism Association of Community College’s recent recognition of the last issue of City magazine, which I was editor in chief of, as being the top student-produced magazine in Southern California. The decision to cancel two key classes in creating this publication seems to go directly against those sentiments. It would seem that turning a profit has come before giving the students the best possible education once again, despite Oakley and LBCC being so progressive in attempting to bring the college experience to everyone.
Brandon E Richardson
Former Viking News editor in chief
Former City magazine editor in chief