Friday, May 17, 2024

Cal Poly Humboldt Protester Featured on New York Times Podcast

Posted By on Fri, May 17, 2024 at 2:50 PM

The Gaza demonstration at Cal Poly Humboldt and the blockade in front of the main entrance to Siemens Hall on April 23. - MARK LARSON
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  • The Gaza demonstration at Cal Poly Humboldt and the blockade in front of the main entrance to Siemens Hall on April 23.
A Cal Poly Humboldt student was among three people interviewed on today’s edition of the New York Times podcast The Daily, which discusses the pro-Palestinian demonstrations that have gripped college campuses across the nation.

The episode, which includes some nuanced discussion of the protests, their inspiration and how they are viewed by students of various backgrounds, features three students, including 25-year-old CPH early child development student Jasmine Jolly, Mustafa Yowell, a student of Palestinian descent at University of Texas at Austin, and Elisha Baker, a Jewish student at Columbia University.

Jolly, who was raised and identifies as Jewish, talks about her family’s history of anti-war activism, her faith, her experience in local protests and how her views of the Israel-Hamas war might differ from those of her grandfather. The episode as a whole addresses the students’ opinions of the protests, as well as their conflicting views on the use of slogans like “Intifada” and “from the river to the sea.” It’s a conversation with more depth and nuance than typical coverage of the protests and worth a listen on whatever podcast platform you prefer.

An interesting post purporting to be an interview of an anonymous Cal Poly Humboldt protester also appeared yesterday on a website offshoot of a site urging people to boycott the New York Times, “divest” from writing for the publication and unsubscribe to the paper and its offerings. The interview touches on everything from the notion that Humboldt became the “militant front” of the campus movement and why students might have been “ready to fuck the school up” to how the original April 22 protest grew and what might come next.

Meanwhile, we’ll take this opportunity to point you back to a couple pieces in this week’s print edition: our cover story featuring an interview with Cal Poly Humboldt Chief of Staff Mark Johnson, and a views piece from a university professor defending the occupation.
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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

State Bill Aims to Address Cyberbullying Off Campus

Posted By on Tue, Apr 16, 2024 at 1:12 PM

In response to his daughter receiving a swastika on social media, a California Jewish lawmaker is pushing for a bill that would give school administrators authority to suspend or expel students if they cyberbully fellow students away from school and outside of school hours.

But Long Beach Assemblymember Josh Lowenthal’s Assembly Bill 2351 is coming into conflict with California’s recent reforms intended to prevent students of color from being expelled and suspended at disproportionate rates.

The ACLU and other social justice organizations oppose Lowenthal’s bill. The bill’s critics told the Assembly Education Committee earlier this month at the bill’s first hearing that giving school administrators authority to punish students for behavior that occurs off campus could result in the return of “racially biased and disparate” punishment that puts students on a “school-to-prison pipeline.” 

Lowenthal told the committee that as a socially-conscious Democrat, he previously couldn’t “imagine a scenario where I’m on a different side” from the ACLU, but he said his daughter’s experience highlighted why the law needs to change.

“Only a decade ago, school bullying ended once you got home and were safe,” he said. “Today, many of these activities are now taking place online, off campus, in the digital ether, and outside regular school hours, and there is nowhere and no time that our kids are truly safe.”

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Friday, March 29, 2024

NCJ's Greenson Takes Second Freedom of Information Award

Posted By on Fri, Mar 29, 2024 at 4:32 PM

NCJ News editor Thadeus Greenson
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The Society of Professional Journalists NorCal announced its winners of the James Madison Freedom of Information Award this week, "recognizing people and organizations who have made significant contributions to advancing freedom of information." Among the recipients is the Journal's own news editor Thad Greenson, for his investigative story "The Soeth Files" (May 4, 2023).

The story, which last month garnered a Free Speech and Open Government Award from the First Amendment Coalition, tracks the questionable use of force, including shootings, over the career of Maxwell Soeth, who still serves in Humboldt County law enforcement. This took public record requests, internal police documents, dash cam footage and interviews, all stemming from a single tip.

The SPJ NorCal announcement lauds Greenson's work, saying, "Through meticulous reporting and savvy use of the Public Records Act, the North Coast Journal’s Thadeus Greenson exposed a glaring lack of accountability at the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Office."

This is Greenson's second time earning the prestigious award, following his 2017 James Madison Freedom of Information win for another investigation regarding police accountability. Greenson was recognized for not only his reporting on then Eureka Police Sgt. Adam Laird, but for fighting for public records and camera footage withheld by the city. Read the story here.

Read the SPJ NorCal's full statement on Greenson's 2024 award below:

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Monday, February 26, 2024

NCJ's Greenson Wins Free Speech and Open Government Award

Posted By on Mon, Feb 26, 2024 at 3:16 PM

The First Amendment Coalition has announced its Free Speech and Open Government Award winners for 2023, honoring the work of the Journal's own News Editor Thadeus Greenson alongside journalists at The New York Times, Bloomberg and MuckRock. The annual award recognizes "outstanding contributions to the advancement of free expression or the people’s right to know about their government."
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"Following a single tip, Thadeus Greenson of the North Coast Journal obtained, through several public records requests, more than 2,000 pages of internal police reports and court filings to write 'The Soeth Files,' which details years of 'questionable decisions and uses of force' by law enforcement officer Maxwell Soeth," states the FAC press release. It also notes Greenson's pursuit of video footage, eyewitness accounts and other records as part of a small, local newsroom.

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Monday, April 17, 2023

El Len Turns 10

Posted By on Mon, Apr 17, 2023 at 1:08 PM

All past issues of the paper were on display at the celebration. - OLLIE HANCOCK
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  • All past issues of the paper were on display at the celebration.
El Leñador, an award-winning, monthly bilingual Cal Poly Humboldt publication that’s the only newspaper in the county to deliver the news in Spanish, held a decennial celebration Thursday, with accompanying workshops led by some of its alumni.

“The 10-year anniversary is not only a celebration of El Leñador but a celebration of the community we have been serving,” said Ricardo Lara Nava, current editor-in-chief, who has been on staff for four semesters. In the next 10 years, he expects the paper to keep up its important work. “I see us continuing to serve not only the students but the community here in Humboldt County. We see that the local government doesn’t get information out to the Spanish-speaking community, so we step up and do that.”

In 2013, students at what was then Humboldt State University students launched El Leñador to provide for the growing Latinx population on campus. At the time, the university had just received its designation as a Hispanic-serving institution.

El Leñador’s 10-year anniversary means a celebration of legacy, to those who have devoted countless hours of their time to produce the newspaper,” said Karina Ramos Villalobos, former co-editor-in-chief, who has been on staff for six semesters. “We are honoring those who came before us, celebrating the present and empowering future staff members.”

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Thursday, March 2, 2023

NCJ's Stansberry Nabs Local Journalism Award

Posted By on Thu, Mar 2, 2023 at 3:51 PM

Linda Stansberry - SUBMITTED
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The Journal's Linda Stansberry has won the Humboldt Journalism Project's 40th Award for her Nov. 17 cover story "Profit and Pain," which detailed how the owner of local nursing homes raked in profits while understaffing facilities and providing substandard care.

“This was an ambitious project that cast light on a problem that had gone largely unnoticed in the community. It was a detailed and heartbreaking portrait of suffering and of regulatory failures,” said Ricardo Sandoval-Palos, competition juror and public editor for PBS. "This reporting shows us the value of local journalism and why it deserves our support."

In its second year, the 40th Award aims to honor work that affects people in the lower 40 percent of the income scale and is one of several efforts from the Humboldt Journalism Project to support local reporting. The nonprofit also offers reporting grants to fund projects related to those at or below median income. (See the press release below for more info on how to apply for those grants, and the Journal's news editor at [email protected] if you'd like a letter of support to see your future work published in the NCJ.)

Stansberry, a former Journal staffer, current freelancer and forever member of the NCJ family, has received numerous awards for her ongoing coverage of skilled nursing facilities on the North Coast. Her 2015 and 2016 cover stories, "The Shut Out" and "The Case of the Missing $5 Million," both finished first place in the California Newspaper Publisher's Association's Better Newspaper Awards for investigative journalism.

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Reporters Wanted!

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2023 at 2:46 PM

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The North Coast Journal Inc., publisher of the North Coast Journal, The Ferndale Enterprise, Humboldt Insider and other local publications, is looking to add to its award-winning editorial team.

The ideal candidate is a naturally curious critical thinker who can write clearly and compellingly, digest large volumes of information and explain complex concepts and systems. They are someone able to juggle multiple tasks and duties in a dynamic environment, while paying tremendous attention to detail. They admit their mistakes and are comfortable talking to people from all backgrounds and demographics, able to treat all sides of an issue with fairness and empathy. Most of all, they have a deep passion for telling the stories of the North Coast and helping Journal readers better understand and engage the world around them.

Photography, videography, audio, proofreading and social media skills are a huge plus. Journalism experience preferred. The position will demand both feature writing and hard news reporting.

If this sounds like a fit for you, please send a resume and several samples of your work to Journal news editor Thadeus Greenson at [email protected]. There is the potential for this to be a full or part-time position, and compensation depends on experience, but will range between $15.50 and $32 an hour.
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Friday, March 25, 2022

El Leñador Takes Home Awards

Posted By on Fri, Mar 25, 2022 at 3:23 PM


Cal Poly Humboldt’s student-run bilingual newspaper El Leñador and its staff won a number of awards, including the “People’s Choice” award in Best of Show, at a college newspaper conference earlier this month.

The paper published in English and Spanish was also recognized with first place wins for Best Special Issue/Section, Best Arts and Entertainment Story and Best Illustration along with more nods to the staff’s work in photography, infographics and feature writing.

“El Leñador was rewarded for all of our passion and hard work. It filled my journalist soul with happiness and excitement to do more,” said Co-editor in Chief Karina Ramos Villalobos, who won the first place award for Best Arts and Entertainment story.

Ramos Villalobos joined El Leñador reporter Ricardo Lara Nava and public relations manager Steffi Puerto in presenting a workshop at the Associated Collegiate Press conference about their work putting out a monthly bilingual publication that focuses its coverage on Latinx and diverse communities.

“El Leñador strives to publish local Spanish news because of the lack of information to local Spanish speakers in Humboldt County,” Lara Nava said. “We are a small team who wear many hats to get the newspaper out.”

Read more about El Leñador and the paper’s awards below:

ARCATA, CA - El Leñador, the student-run bilingual newspaper at Cal Poly Humboldt, won the first-place “People’s Choice” award in Best of Show at the Associated Collegiate Press national conference in Long Beach on March 5. The newspaper also won three first-place awards in the 2022 California College Media Association statewide competition and these awards were presented at the same conference.

The English and Spanish newspaper, which focuses on covering Latinx and diverse communities, took first-place awards for Best Special Issue/Section, Best Arts and Entertainment Story, and Best Illustration. Staff also won five additional awards.

“El Leñador was rewarded for all of our passion and hard work. It filled my journalist soul with happiness and excitement to do more,” said Co-editor in Chief Karina Ramos Villalobos, who also won the first-place award for Best Arts and Entertainment story.

El Leñador staff, Ramos Villalobos, reporter Ricardo Lara Nava, and public relations manager Steffi Puerto also held a workshop at the ACP conference about how they produce a bilingual college news publication.

“El Leñador strives to publish local Spanish news because of the lack of information to local Spanish speakers in Humboldt County,” Lara Nava said. “We are a small team who wear many hats to get the newspaper out.”

About El Leñador

El Leñador is an award-winning monthly bilingual news publication. You can find El Leñador online at or the print editions distributed on campus and in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna, McKinleyville, and Trinidad. In 2016, El Leñador was named Best Non-weekly Newspaper by the California College Media Association and the “Best All-Around Student Newspaper” in Region 11 by the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2020 Mark of Excellence competition.

2022 Associated Collegiate Press Spring National College Media Conference

First Place

People’s Choice: Newspaper

Best of Show Award Competition

Third Place

Newspaper / Four-year campus, 10,000 students or fewer

Best of Show Award Competition

2022 CCMA awards

First Place Awards

Best Special Issue/Section - El Leñador Staff - La Leñadora: Women’s Issue

Best Arts and Entertainment Story - Karina Ramos Villalobos - Local Nigerian reggae musician Ju Drum uses his platform for social justice message

Best Illustration - Raven Marshall - May 2021 Cover: COVID-19: What you need to know right now

Second Place Awards

Infographic - Sergio Berrueta, Nancy Garcia, Alexandra Gonzalez - What you need to know about COVID-19 now

Feature Photograph - Ricardo Lara Nava - BIPOC Surfer

News Photograph - Lupita Rivera - Justice for Josiah: Four years later, the fight continues

Third Place Awards

Feature Story - Ricardo Lara Nava - Eureka Chinatown Project 

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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Clintons Swing Through Humboldt, Reportedly Filming Docuseries

Posted By on Tue, Dec 14, 2021 at 9:13 AM

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. - WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/GAGE SKIDMORE
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  • Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Intramural Fields at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.
Former U.S. Secretary of State, Senator, Democratic Presidential Nominee and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spent some time in Humboldt County over the weekend, and even hit up a local food truck.

Humboldt County Sheriff William Honsal confirmed that Clinton was in town for a couple of days and left Sunday, saying his department provided her U.S. Secret Service detail with “some assistance.”

While plans initially included a trip up to Del Norte County where Clinton had “some business with the Yurok Tribe,” Honsal said, they ended up taking care of that in Sue-Meg State Park north of Trinidad.

Rumors of Clinton’s visit started spreading after her crew placed a sizeable order to South G. Kitchen, the food truck parked over at Redwood Curtain Brewing Co. in Arcata. Danny Emmenecker, the truck’s owner, says it got a $600 order from Left/Right TV on Dec. 11 to be picked up Dec. 12. When an assistant swung by to pick up the food, they said it was for Hillary Clinton who’s in town with her daughter Chelsea filming a documentary.

The Clintons recently started a television company, HiddenLight Productions, and are reported to be working on a number of projects, having optioned several books. Among those, is a docuseries Gutsy Women, based on a book the pair wrote titled The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience.

Honsal says he knows the Clintons were in town filming some kind of documentary and believes it involved Yurok Tribal Court Chief Judge Abby Abinanti, who seems she would certainly fit the Gutsy Women profile. The first Native member of the California State Bar, Abinanti grew up on the Yurok Reservation and has served as the tribe’s chief judge since 2007, earning renown for her work to bring the justice system in line with Native values.

The Journal reached out to the Yurok Tribe, Hidden Light Productions, Left/Right TV and Hillary Clinton’s office seeking additional information about her visit but received no immediate replies.
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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

770 New Laws Coming to California

Posted By on Tue, Oct 12, 2021 at 2:27 PM

You’d be forgiven for not knowing Gov. Gavin Newsom vetoed the largest expansion of California’s college financial aid system in a generation — he did so during the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants’ first playoff game Friday night.

Hours later, it was all over: Newsom signed his final bills on Saturday, a day ahead of the Oct. 10 deadline to act on the 836 proposals state lawmakers sent to his desk. Of those, he signed 770 (92 percent) and vetoed 66 (7.9 percent), according to Sacramento lobbyist Chris Micheli.

Here’s a look at the significant new laws coming to the Golden State — as well as ideas Newsom prevented from becoming law.

Signed into law:


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