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Patricia Stark

Patricia Stark

Patricia Daigle Stark is a tenured professor of journalism and faculty adviser to The Channels. She has taught at SBCC since 1990 after working for 10 years as a newspaper reporter and editor in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature and Social Sciences from Louisiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from UC-Berkeley.

Professor Stark has mentored some of the most successful community college student newspaper staffs in the state. Her students repeatedly have won top honors from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, California Newspaper Publishers Association and Associated Collegiate Press. She’s also a leader in lower-division journalism education and has served on the JACC Board of Directors since 2011, the last three years as faculty president. She was named the 2006 Community College Adviser of the Year by the California Press Association.

Professor Stark is now studying creative writing non-fiction at UCLA. She is working on expanding the SBCC journalism program for students who wish to read, study and write nonfiction prose that transcends the limits of daily news writing.

At SBCC, she represents the Fine Arts Division on the Academic Senate and serves as a faculty representation on the College Planning Council.

Greg Cooper 

Greg Cooper

Greg A. Cooper works as adjunct instructor in photojournalism for SBCC since January 2015. Cooper, a native of Ojai, Calif., graduated in May 1996 from Western Kentucky University with a double major in photojournalism and anthropology.

Before attending Western Kentucky, Cooper was hooked by photojournalism in 1988, while attending classes at Ventura College. During his time at the community college, he worked as a staff photographer at the Ojai Valley News in his hometown.

After leaving Western Kentucky, he returned to Southern California, where he worked at the Ventura County Star as an assistant picture editor. The Columbus Dispatch lured him away to work as the Sunday picture editor. Three years later, Cooper returned to his native Ventura County, this time to pursue a master’s degree in photography at Brooks, where he graduated in December 2004. Cooper taught in the Visual Journalism program at Brooks from 2003-2016.

Most recently, Cooper has been working as a volunteer photographer for the Ventura County Fire Department and the Humane Society of Ventura County.

Julia McHugh 
Julia McHugh
Julia McHugh began her 30-year public relations career in San Francisco with positions at KQED, Lucasfilm Ltd., and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Moving to Santa Barbara in 1995, McHugh has worked with many local arts and nonprofit organizations, including 10 seasons as the Lobero Theatre’s publicist. Other clients have included the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, Lotusland, Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara Symphony, and Opera Santa Barbara, among others. She has served as the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Director of Public Relations since 2002.

In 2008, she developed SBCC’s first Public Relations course, which she teaches each semester. She also created the department’s Public Relations Skills Competency Award, which is awarded to both journalism and marketing majors.

She is a past member of the Public Relations Committee of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and of the Santa Barbara Performing Arts League. McHugh holds a BA in Arts Administration from Antioch University and an APR (Accredited in Public Relations) from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), and has been named the Accreditation Chair of the local Gold Coast PRSA Chapter.
Joshua Molina
Joshua Molina
Joshua Molina is an award-winning multimedia journalist and adjunct instructor at SBCC. He has taught Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting since 2009.

Molina attended SBCC and was editor of The Channels before transferring to Cal State University, Northridge. There, he  majored in journalism and served as the editor of the campus newspaper, the Daily Sundial.

Molina began his professional career as a copy editor for the San Diego North County Times before working as City Hall reporter for the Santa Barbara News-Press. At the News-Press, Molina won several investigative journalism awards. He won the California Newspaper Publishers Association's First Place Public Service Award for his expose of elder abuse at a Santa Barbara nursing home. The investigative series led to a $3 million judgment, the first settlement for elder abuse against a corporate owner in the nation's history, and ultimately the sale of the company.

Molina also won the First Place Breaking News Award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association for his coverage of David Attias' rampage through Isla Vista in 2001. Molina's investigation into a conflict of interest at the Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transit District also led to a First Place Public Service Award from the CNPA.  The series led to the departure of the then-general manager.

Molina covered San Jose City Hall and Silicon Valley for the San Jose Mercury News, where he wrote a news stories and features on politics, newsmakers, business and development. In addition to teaching at SBCC,  Molina writes and blogs about general interest topics for a variety of media outlets. He also appears regularly on television and radio to discuss local politics.

John Thomas Rose 
John Thomas Rose
John Thomas Rose is the lab teaching assistant to The Channels. He started at SBCC in 2013 and—along with the faculty adviser—oversees journalism, photography and video students working on the online student news site.

In Spring 2012, Rose completed a multimedia internship at the Science Desk at National Public Radio headquarters in Washington, D.C. Later that year he graduated from Brooks Institute with a bachelor’s of science degree in Visual Journalism. He also holds a bachelor’s of arts degree in Spanish from Elmhurst College’s class of 2002.

Before joining the SBCC journalism team, Rose worked for, editing software tutorial videos. He took the experience from— communicating technical knowledge in a concise manner—to The Channels and has introduced the staff to a variety of new software and hardware.

He has inspired many students to challenge themselves to learn the Adobe Suite, as well as tips on using the tools of their trade. Rose specializes in photojournalism, video journalism, video editing, audio recording and non-fiction storytelling.

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