SPJ honors six students with SAC connection

Six students with experience on The Ranger have earned scholarships from the Society of Professional Journalists San Antonio Chapter. 

Jose Arredondo, a journalism major at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, has written and photographed at The Bugle Call at Robert E. Lee High School, The Big Stick at Roosevelt High School, The Ranger and La Prensa newspapers. 

Kyle Cotton, a journalism major at University of Texas at Arlington, was born and raised in San Antonio.  Cotton said he grew up rushing to read the San Antonio Express-News sports section every day, dreaming to be a sports reporter one day. Once he arrived at the journalism program at San Antonio College, he fell in love with news. Cotton says he owes his success to his parents and the amazing advisers at San Antonio College.

James Dusek, a journalism major at San Antonio College, is the features editor at The Ranger. He is passionate about sharing people’s stories and thoughts, and he believes stories, more now than ever, are vitally important to understanding and empathizing with one another.

Cynthia Herrera, a communications senior with a minor in sociology at Texas A&M University-San Antonio, graduated from San Antonio College where she obtained two associate degrees, one in journalism and the other in photography. She was the assistant managing editor and editor for The Ranger. 

Guadalupe “Wally” Perez, is a journalism major at San Antonio College. Perez is currently an intern for The Tacoist and will attend Texas State University this fall to earn a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He served as a reporter and illustrator for The Ranger, and also held the positions of features editor, calendar editor, photographer and editor-in-chief. 

Mara Gabriela Rodriguez, is a communications senior at Texas A&M University-San Antonio with a minor in business. As president of the SPJ student chapter she feels very proud of obtaining an SPJ scholarship for the second year in a row. She has written for The Ranger and The Mesquite.


Former student stumbles on front page photo

Former student Eric Kayne, a free-lance photographer in Houston, happened on to what appeared to be a typical protest march in Oakland, CA. 

But let Kayne tell the story from his Facebook post:


A group of anti-Donald
Trump protestors storm 
into Oakland City HalI.

Interesting day yesterday. 

On spec, I went to downtown Oakland yesterday to photograph anything connected with the court appearance of Noor Salman, the wife of Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Matee

Not five minutes there, I get a call to photograph an unrelated protest literally around the block at Oakland City Hall. At first, it seemed like many protests I've photographed: about two dozen people gathered outside city hall to exercise their free speech. 

When they began walking, I figured they were going to do a march around the building and then wrap up. I scrambled to the end of the sidewalk to photograph them coming down the sidewalk when all of a sudden, they all started to bolt into a side entrance. 

Next thing I know, a protestor is having a tug of war with a security guard who kept repeating "No signs! No signs!" while the protester kept protesting "It's just PAPER! It's just PAPER!" 

It's always nice to be surprised (sometimes) and I ended up getting the A1 dominant image in today's edition of the San Francisco Chronicle (extra bonus of headline from a Doobie Brothers song :-))
See another story about Kayne here


Two former students show their work.

Each year about this time the San Antonio Express-News looks back at the old year and looks forward to the new year. 

These former students were photojournalists on The Ranger and The Fourth Write. Read their behind-the-work stories about the photos that were selected. 



Pictures of the Year: Kin Man Hui

Pictures of the Year: Edward Ornelas



Former student returns to her real passion.

Cathy Leigh Duncan
Catherine “Cathy” Leigh Duncan credits her time at San Antonio College for her ease of transfer to the University of Texas, her subsequent bachelor of journalism degree and her current position as director of communications for Institutional Advancement at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio 

“Beginning my college education in the Journalism Department at San Antonio College was the smartest thing I ever did. I wish I could take credit for this brilliant decision. But, I can't. I only began at SAC because financially I had no other options,” Duncan said.  “Although Highlands High School classmates had teased me about going to ‘San Pedro High’ as they called it, I found a challenging, national-award-winning journalism program." 

W.B. Daugherty, Lynnell Burkett, Jerry Townsend and Chet Hunt figured out all my weaknesses and then strove to make me a better writer, speller, designer and interviewer,” she added. 
One of Duncan's responsibilities
at the UT Health Science Center 
San Antonio is this magazine. 

In Daugherty’s classes, one misspelled word meant an F on a story. If it wasn't perfect, don't even think about turning it in was his credo, she recalled.    

“Weeks after high school graduation, I learned that on second round I received the four-year Baumberger Endowed Scholarship, and after two years at SAC and working on The Ranger, I transferred to UT Austin's print journalism program,“ she said. 

“I can still remember my first semester in a writing class at UT Austin. I was so afraid the other students who had been at UT their first years were ahead of me in journalism knowledge. After our stories were graded, they were put in a box in alphabetical order, she recalled.  "Of course, I had to sneak looks at the other students' stories as I searched for mine. While I got 90s and 95s on stories with perfect AP Style adherence, perfect spelling, and written in pyramid style, the other students received much lower scores. They didn't even know AP Style.” 


Former student digs into all things tacos in the city.

Click here to read his newest journalistic effort. Click here for an earlier post about Ben and his time at SAC and the Express-News.


Former student featured on NBC News special

Manson, featured PEOPLE crime reporter and former journalism student Elaine Aradillas.  Click here for earlier story about Elaine.


Former student moves from reporting to college PR.

Elaine Marsilio Krift
Elaine Marsilio Krift started in the journalism program at San Antonio College the spring semester after Sept. 11, 2001. "I remember seeing The Ranger's coverage of that day and being even more reinforced about pursuing a journalism degree."

Plus, she said she remembered walking by the journalism building and being in awe. As if to say, "One day I will be part of that program, and it's going to be great!" 

"I went to Mr. Chet Hunt's office one day in between classes. (I was so nervous!) I wanted to be in the journalism program, but I didn't know how to make the first step."

She had spent her senior year of high school talking the new journalism teacher into letting her attend Journalism 101 class that year even though it was a freshmen class. "I knew my dream a little late in high school, but at least I had a dream. I knew my vision, and I wasn't going to let up. So, I went and talked to Mr. Hunt and said, 'I want to be in your program.' "