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On Nov. 29, 2012 from 4 to 7 p.m., the Paradise Valley Community College Puma Press held an open house to show off its new newsroom in room KSC221 on the second floor of the Kranitz Student Center. The Press invited everyone to tour its new space, enjoy food and refreshments,  participate in Wii dancing, sing Karaoke and open mic.

The Puma Press held an open house to show off its new pressroom.

The Puma Press held an open house to show off its new pressroom.

Students making up the staff of the Puma Press and their long-time adviser Judy Galbraith welcomed everyone and participated in the activities. They shared a camaraderie not always apparent during the hectic deadline and production processes.

Judy Galbraith, the Puma Press adviser, smiles at students during the open house.

Judy Galbraith, the Puma Press adviser, smiles at students during the open house.

Some students and Galbraith brought out their guitars and shared favorite songs and original compositions, showing that the creativity in the group far surpasses only journalism. Others sang to Karaoke songs or strutted their stuff to the wide range of Wii dance selections.

Eric Paul Johnson sings one of his songs at the open house.

Eric Paul Johnson sings one of his songs at the open house.

Individuals enjoyed the great food-sandwiches, chips and dip, veggies and an assortment of cookies and soft drinks. Members of the administration, faculty, students and former Puma Press editors streamed in and out of the room during the open house.

In contrast to the dark, narrow space afforded to the Press at the east end of the cafeteria before the KSC renovations, this newsroom offers loads of space with a separate office for the editor-in-chief, three large tables with chairs to work on Press business or school work, a comfy couch and two arm chairs and an abundance of Apple computers. The glass wall facing the outside world lets everyone know who inhabits the space and offers a welcome to those who wish to find out more about the Puma Press, share story ideas or participate in scheduled story interviews.

The Puma Press newsroom contains lots of room for student editors.

The Puma Press newsroom contains lots of room for student editors.

With their new space, the Puma Press will continue to report on all aspects of the PVCC campus, the Maricopa Community College District and interesting incidents from the community and the world. The area also offers additional incentive and hands-on-learning for students who want to join the journalism club and take classes, learn more about the publication process and earn a journalism certificate.  

 ©2012 Photos by Janice Semmel

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