Patti Jones is an award-winning reporter who worked for newspapers in Everett, Seattle and Hong Kong, before moving to New York City to work for magazines. Her articles have appeared in New York magazine, the Village Voice, Glamour, National Law Journal, Working Mother, and several other publications.
A Seattle native, she received her AA from Seattle Central Community College, her BA from Western Washington University, and her MS from Columbia University. While in New York, she taught part time at New York University and full time at the City College of New York. Since 2004, she has been at Shoreline Community College, where she loves teaching journalism and advising the Ebbtide student newspaper.
Students in journalism courses learn to write a variety of stories, including basic news articles, opinions, and profiles. For those interested in a journalism or public relations career, the courses serve as a launch pad, helping to boost skills that can be used in working for TV, radio, the Internet, magazines, or newspapers. For other students, the courses offer a first-hand look at how news media work. Both sets of students study media ethics and sharpen valuable talents, such as how to conduct interviews and write clearly for an audience.
The Ebbtide is an independent news source, written exclusively by and for SCC students. Staffers plan issues, write and edit stories, shoot photos, draw cartoons, design pages, sell ads, blog, tweet, and maintain a website.
In 2007, 2009 and 2010, the staff took home General Excellence awards from the Washington Community College Journalism Association. They also won an Honorable Mention in 2011, as well as several individual awards, including ones for Best Website and Best News Photography.
Staff meetings take place 4-6 p.m. on Mondays in Room 9101 of the PUB. New students are welcome throughout the year and may earn credit by signing up for 1-3 credits of CMST 245 Student Newspaper.
Graduates of journalism programs go on to work as reporters, editors, videographers, photojournalists, documentary-filmmakers, speech-writers, public-relations specialists, lobbyists, bloggers, grant-writers, researchers, authors of nonfiction books, private investigators and assorted other professions. The skills learned involve gathering and analyzing information, then presenting it in a clear, fair, engaging manner to an audience. These skills can be applied to almost any field.