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Melissa Korber

Melissa Korber

BA Political Science, Minor: English Literature, Montana State University
MA Creative Writing, San Francisco State University
JD University of Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

Subjects Taught: Mass Communications, English, Business Communications, Business Law

Ms. Korber started her career like many other writers do - writing for her high school, college and law school papers. Even while a practicing attorney, she always enjoyed writing and eventually found her way out of the courtroom and back into the college environment. Now she teaches, serves as the faculty advisor for the LPC Express newspaper and serves as the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Northern California Faculty President.

"Las Positas College is such a wonderful place," she says. "The campus is beautiful, the staff is friendly and supportive, and I love dealing with the many different types of students."

What does she recommend to students who want a career in journalism? "Get whatever experience you can!" she states. "Work on your school paper. Get an internship. The more experience you have, the easier it will be to get your foot in the door."

Nolan O'Brien

BA Mass Communications, Humboldt State University
MA Media Studies, New College of California

Subject taught: Mass Communications

While at Humboldt State, Mr. O'Brien was the managing editor of the school newspaper and held various management roles at the student radio station. While he started with an emphasis in broadcast news and even hosted a public radio newsmagazine, he found by his senior year he really enjoyed writing and the newsprint production process. Those experiences helped him land writing jobs at the Tri-Valley Herald and Inside Magazines. He now brings that experience to Las Positas College running the Express, the campus newspaper.

"The students motivate me," he says. "They work well as a team, focusing on what needs to get done without letting their egos get in the way. Whether they don't know what they want out of life or are making a career change it's neat to be a part of it."


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