Blazer seeking new writers and staffers to fill out fall staff!

As the summer rages on, we at The Blazer are already looking towards the fall semester and – most importantly – our new staff.

The Blazer, JJC’s independent student-run newspaper since 1929, is looking for motivated, creative, team-oriented people to carry forth our tradition of giving students on campus the most up to date news in as many ways as possible.

With our website and social media accounts, we’re more than just 12 pages of news every three weeks. We’re a daily outlet for students and faculty to receive news in a way that gives our staff a chance to cut their teeth in the journalism profession via a number of avenues.

This upcoming semester, The Blazer is seeking staff writers, photographers, cartoonists/illustrators, graphic designers, web managers and club correspondents.


Most jobs today require a beginner to have some sort of experience in their industry of choice. At The Blazer, this is where you get that experience.


Last semester, our staff dug deep, crafting feature stories on issues such as the controversial Rate My Professors website and its effect on our faculty and student body at JJC, the Red Cross’ decision to turn away gay donors, the complex issue of “Islamaphobia”, and the police violence issue in America.

The staff also crafted fun features on our basketball teams, the Hall of Fame induction of men’s basketball coach Joe Kuhn, the 1,000th win by baseball coach Wayne King, and the signing of women’s basketball sensation Le’Royia Campbell to Limestone College.

The Blazer earned a reputation as a hard-hitting publication that is not afraid to find the deeper story.


Contact The Blazer at or by phone at (815) 280-2313.

If you’re on campus, the paper’s office is located at F-1009, behind the vending machines and across from the bridge. If the light is on inside the office, feel free to stop in and inquire that way.

The Blazer publishes five issues per semester and an unlimited amount of material via the web.


Andrew Hanton: Co-Editor

Shanielle Fulton: Co-Editor

Adam Tumino: Sports Editor

Brittney Anderson: Production Manager

Sarah Lake: Advertising Manager

Bob Marcink: Adviser


Joel Roza
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Joel Roza

Assuming the role of Editor-in-Chief for the Spring 2015 semester, Joel is a journalism major, due to graduate with honors from JJC with an Associates in Arts in the Spring. Joel served seven years in the U.S. Coast Guard (2005-2012) and wrote sports columns for the Corpus Christi Caller-Times in Texas from April 2009 to October 2014.