About us

The following provides general information about the student newspapers, classes in the journalism program and the BC journalism professor, Danny Edwards.

How to reach us

 

Newsroom: 661-395-4324

Fax number: 661-395-4027

BC journalism professor: Danny Edwards

Office: 661-395-4344

E-mail: daedward@bakersfieldcollege.edu

Newspaper e-mail: ripmail@bakersfieldcollege.edu

 

History

 

Bakersfield College’s student newspaper, the Renegade Rip, has been in existence for 85 years and continues its tradition as one of the top community college publications in the state. Students are instructed on professional standards and do all of the work, from beginning to end, in creating seven or eight biweekly publications each semester. The students also maintain a 24/7 online edition, therip.com, and have produced five editions of the Dissenter magazine in the past four years.

The newspaper publishes in broadsheet form during the fall and spring semesters on a biweekly basis. It distributes 3,000 copies per edition.

 

Success stories

The newspaper, a perennial winner of general excellence in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, was judged the best community college newspaper in the state for 2011 by the California Newspaper Publishers Association. The journalism program has a long tradition of winning awards and sending students to four-year schools and into the professional world of journalism. Also, several students have been awarded scholarships and internships to help further their educations at four-year institutions.

Journalism classes:

Media and Society

JRNL B1

Instructors: Olivia Garcia, Danny Edwards

Beginning reporting

JRNL B2

Instructor: Danny Edwards

Press Photography

JRNL B15

Instructor: John Harte

Multimedia Reporting

JRNL B16

Instructor: John Harte

 

STUDENT NEWSPAPER COURSES:

Newspaper production/reporters and photographers

JRNL B27a

Instructor: Danny Edwards

Newspaper production/editors

JRNL B26

Instructor: Danny Edwards

It is strongly suggested that those interested in reporting first take Media and Society, and Beginning Reporting before signing up for the student newspaper. Those interested in photojournalism, should take Media and Society, and Press Photography before joining the paper.

Please contact journalism professor Danny Edwards about the best way to start the journalism program at BC.

About the professor

Danny Edwards worked for 24 years at daily newspapers in California, including 18 years at The Fresno Bee. He has worked in Southern California, the Bay Area and the Central Valley as a sports writer, assistant sports editor, news editor, news and sports copy editor, metro editor, front-page designer and probably some other things he’s too old to remember. Before coming to BC, he advised the student newspaper at Fresno City College (2000-2002) and taught newswriting at California State University, Fresno, before accepting the position at Bakersfield College in 2004.

 

Edwards is starting his 10th-year as the only full-time journalism professor at BC. He is a product of community college education, graduating with an AA in journalism from Monterey Peninsula College in 1978. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Jose State (1980) and a master’s degree in mass communication from California State University-Fresno (2004).

 

Instructor’s philosophy: Awards are fine, but the main goal is for students who complete the Bakersfield College journalism program to move to the next level of education with the knowledge and skills needed to make a seamless transition. Staff members on the student newspaper work in a professional-style environment with the most updated equipment and instruction. Students who aren’t journalism majors often learn something that helps them in other fields of study or employment.