The City College Times is back

The paper, inactive since May last year, released three new articles today
A pile of several print issues from the City College Times laid out in La Vozs newsroom.
A pile of several print issues from the City College Times laid out in La Voz’s newsroom.
Ann Penalosa

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to remove the incorrect reference to KJCC as “newly established.” KJCC has been around for several decades. The incorrect reference to Bordas leaving her job at the San Francisco Chronicle has also been rewritten for accuracy. Updated March 20 at 10:53 p.m.

After almost a year of inactivity and an uncertain future for the program, the San Jose City College Times published three articles to its website on March 20, marking the return of SJCC’s journalism program and the end of La Voz’s time as the only community college class publication in the south bay.

Before this, the City College Times published its last article last year on May 22, then went dark after losing its interim adviser, Alexandria Bordas. Bordas stopped writing for the San Francisco Chronicle in August 2022 to manage the Times, then left the Times in June to manage the digital news team at San José Spotlight.

A screenshot of the Times’ website on March 20. (Ann Penalosa)

The Times’ former adviser, Farideh Dada, took over former La Voz adviser Cecelia Deck’s position in fall quarter 2022. Dada advised the Times since 2007.

With a new adviser for spring semester, the program has since gotten back on its feet.

During the Times’ blackout, SJCC’s journalism program didn’t completely fizzle out as its¬†radio station, KJCC, produced by the college’s Broadcasting 42 class, continued its operations.

“We raised, like, $600 to hopefully go back into print,” Emerson Cody, 18, a staff reporter at the City College Times, said.

A donation link can be found under any of the City College Times’ articles and it stands at $662 raised at the time of publication.

Cody also said that while her main campus was Evergreen Valley College, where she is a member of its recently-established journalism club, she joined SJCC’s program to figure out if journalism was something she wanted to pursue in the future.

While the City College Times has not yet posted to its social media after its return, it is active on Instagram, YouTube, TikTok, Snapchat and X.

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