Chico State Journalism Student Selected to Participate in Nat. Conferences

Jul 30, 2013 11:35 AM

The California State University, Chico has announced one of its journalism students has been selected to participate in training programs at two major journalism conferences this fall.

Tercius Bufete, a Senior transfer student from Los Angeles City College, has worked at Chico State’s student ran newspaper The Orion as a news designer and art director. Bufete will travel to New York City to attend the Asian American Journalists Assiciation’s (AAJA) VOICES program which provides live coverage of the association’s convention August 21-24. Later, he will participate in the Online News Association’s (ONA) Student Newsroom where he will produce content during that association’s conference and awards banquet October 17-20 in Atlanta.

“I can’t wait to learn from the best news minds in the country and represent the stellar journalism program at Chico State,” Bufete said. “Honestly, it’s a bit humbling to see the caliber of the others selected for these programs. I’m just honored to be among those attending and can’t wait to learn from everyone.”

For the AAJA’s event in New York City, Bufete will be joined by students from Columbia University, University of Southern California and UCLA among others. The event, expected to attract 850 journalists, news executives and media professions includes programming on issues important to Asian American journalists and a career fair.

As a member of the ONA’s student newsroom in October, he will produce content for the organization’s conference website,, before and during the conference alongside mentors from such notable organizations as NPR, CNN, and the Washington Post. The conference’s programming covers the latest trends and technologies in online journalism as well as an awards show.

The students and mentors of the ONA are supported by one $30,000 scholarship from Google, which covers conference registration, travel and lodging expenses as a group. Bufete is among 20 journalism students chosen from more than 100 applicants worldwide. He will be joined by students from USC, UC Berkeley, NYU and Columbia, among others.


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