DJRN, City Times gets a home

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This article first appeared in the September 2019 print edition of the City Times.

By Diangela Veras, City Times
Managing Editor

It has been a year of change for City College.

The campus has transitioned into its newly renovated spaces in the A, D and T buildings after a massive 
two-year construction project.

L-117
L-117 immediately following the move of EOPS. Photo by Nicole Vargas

It also means the City Times staff 
finally has a new home.

The City Times, as well as the Digital Journalism program as a whole, is now housed in L-117, taking over a space that had previously been the home of EOPS.

“From the moment I came to City 
College, I have wanted to give the Digital Journalism students a place they could call their own, a home away from home on campus,” said professor and adviser Nicole Vargas, who was hired to take over the Digital Journalism program a year ago. “We are so happy to finally be here.”

For adjunct journalism professor Roman S. Koenig, it was a move a long time in the making.

L-117 refresh
Before DJRN and City Times could move in, L-117 was refreshed with new paint and carpet. Photo by Nicole Vargas

Over ten years ago, Koenig served as journalism adviser and was part of the committee that planned the remodel of the spaces for the Digital Journalism and Radio, Television and Film departments, which also included a newsroom for City Times.

“It was a no-brainer,” he said about the decision. “I could not have designed a better space.”

It would be much longer before the program was actually permitted to move. But with just over a month in its new home, the City Times is up to speed with other student-run publications in the state.

“The (programs) you take seriously have facilities like this,” Koenig said.

BT 101
Lovingly called the B(a)T Cave, the temporary newsroom of the City Times and home of Digital Journalism was in the BT building. Photo by Nicole Vargas

There is no question you are in the newsroom from the moment you enter the space, thanks to a custom sign and awards hanging on the walls. Around the corner is a classroom, a separate 
newsroom and reporters work stations. Small offices for faculty and editors ring the space, as does a multimedia 
production studio.

After minor renovations and the addition of a few personal touches, Vargas has a newsroom fit not only for the staff of the City Times, but also for students from SDS Radio and Newscene. Students from all three media organizations are invited to enjoy the collaborative work space called the student media lounge.

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