About el Don

Your voice matters

The Santa Ana College el Don is the nation’s top community college news organization. It has served the campus community with fair and accurate journalism since 1923.

As part of their journalism coursework, student reporters learn contemporary skills needed to cover a wide range of issues and subjects that affect students and neighbors alike. Their mission is to provide the Santa Ana College community with a quality news media organization that informs, engages, and amplifies the voices of the people it serves.

A digital-first publication, el Don posts on social media and online daily and can be found in print through our monthly newsmagazine and zines, available across campus and throughout the city.

el Don has won 28 Associated Collegiate Press National Pacemaker Awards and was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press College Journalism Hall of Fame in 2008.

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

Join el Don

el Don is produced by students enrolled in multimedia production courses in the Communications and Media Studies’ 21st-century journalism program.

Santa Ana College student news media have won more local, state, and national awards than any community college in the United States. Our students routinely win state, national, and international honors for journalistic skills: editorial leadership, writing, reporting, design, photography, emerging media, and management.

Email department chair, Associate Professor Sarah Bennett, for more information or enroll in one of the following production courses to join the staff automatically. No prior experience or equipment is necessary.

Enroll in one of these el Don courses:

Fall 2022: el Don media production courses meet on Mondays and Wednesdays starting at 1:15 p.m. End times vary.

  • JAMS 123A: Beginning News Media Production
  • JAMS 201: Visual Reporting
  • JAMS 222: Writing Across Media

Degrees and Certs:


1530 W. 17th St. | C-201

Santa Ana, Calif. 92706

(714) 564-5616


Sarah Bennett

Associate Professor

Department Chair


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