A New Age for the Otter Realm
April 14, 2017This article was written by Kelly Galten
As many who are part of the Human Communications department and major know, an email was sent last week regarding some radical changes to the structure of the Otter Realm. The administration has decided, for various reasons, that the newspaper will no longer be housed in the HCOM department. Instead, it will be part of another entity. It has not been decided which department or organization will house the paper as of publication. While this will be a huge shift for the Otter Realm and its staff, the paper will continue on as it has for over 20 years.
While this will be a huge shift for the Otter Realm and its staff, the paper will continue on as it has for over 20 years.
The email received by the HCOM department stated that the move was do to the expansion of the Journalism and Media Studies concentration. This will give the HCOM department to “offer a much wider variety of courses in mass media theory and applied journalism,” according to the email. In order make room in the future curriculum, the Otter Realm was removed as a class. This does not mean that the newspaper will cease to exist, or be online-only. The Otter Realm will continue to be in print, with a few significant changes to its structure.
Now that there is no curriculum, the staff will be purely volunteer based.
The biggest of these changes will be the area of students interested in joining the staff. Now that there is no curriculum, the staff will be purely volunteer based. We strongly encourage anyone of any major to volunteer.We need all areas of reporting styles; multimedia, podcast, news, sports, feature, campus, photography, social media, and more. The new Otter Realm will depend on every department, every viewpoint of its student body to continue the paper.
I would like to point out at this time that the writers, photographers, and general staff members are not paid. There will be several paid management positions open, but there are strong incentives to joining as a volunteer. As there is no class affiliation, the Otter Realm is now an extremely strong element for resume building. If you are considering Journalism as a career or are interested in learning communication, networking, adaptability, and different types of formal writing, the experience will lend valuable knowledge to your future work. As of publication, the Otter Realm does not currently have a platform to accept sign-ups for volunteers, but we hope to get one up and running soon.
We need all areas of reporting styles; multimedia, podcast, news, sports, feature, campus, photography, social media, and more
The Otter Realm is proud to be the paper of Cal State Monterey Bay. Everyone on this staff works hard to bring the students local news and entertainment, and we are looking forward to this new chapter in our presence on campus.