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el Don and Department of Communications and Media Studies

The Santa Ana College el Don is a national leader in collegiate student media, and is among the top collegiate journalism programs in North America. The Department of Communications and Media Studies provides academic and professional training at a high level in print, web, digital and emerging media. Our Department of Communications and Media Studies students routinely win state, national and international honors for their journalistic skills that include: editorial leadership, writing, reporting, design, photography, emerging media and management.

Our curriculum blends strong academics with skilled journalistic training that prepares students for the rigorous demands of professional media. From the initial class until the end of term, students serve as working media. Students interact with the SAC community, citizens, and civic leaders of Santa Ana, Orange County, the state, and the nation. Our Communications and Media Studies students routinely interview senators, members of congress, civic and political leaders, and professionals from the world of entertainment, sports, and media during the course of working for one of our news outlets.

The scope and focus of our student media, el Don, and eldonnews.org is to serve the SAC student community and provide it with fair and honest reporting about the college, district, and the surrounding area. As the sole student voice on the SAC campus and throughout the RSCCD our students report on a wide range of issues and subjects, and are often the only media contact for our students on issues relating to their academic and personal lives.

Journalism and student media have been one of Santa Ana College’s academic pillars since its inception. The D Building is named for esteemed journalism adviser Sky Dunlap, and the student newspaper el Don has been in existence and serving the SAC community since 1923.

el Don encourages the expression of all views. el Don reserves the right to refuse advertising and does not necessarily subscribe to the views of the advertisers.

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