~ By Taylor Blaire Mosher, student writer for the College of Arts and Humanities

Eight industry leaders will be honored as MCJ Fellows; 30 scholarships will be presented to students.

Two respected names in the Valley’s media scene — Joe Rosato Sr. and Jim Tucker — will be honored at the Fresno State Media, Communications and Journalism Hall of Fame and Scholarship Reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, on campus.

The event brings Fresno State alumni back to honor the MCJ Hall of Fame inductees and other graduates during a reception held in Studio A in the Speech Arts building, room 172.

“Our Hall of Fame inductees include two industry legends, Joe Rosato Sr. and Jim Tucker, as well as numerous other highly accomplished media and communications professionals,” said Sara Frauenheim, president of the Journalism Alumni and Friends chapter and manager of events and corporate sponsorships for Saint Agnes Medical Center Foundation.

Rosato was a long-time reporter for The Fresno Bee before working as a public information officer for U.S. Representative Richard Lehman, UCSF Medical Center and the California State Parks Department where he retired. While at The Bee, he was a key figure in the “Bee Four” case, in which two reporters and two editors went to jail for 15 days to protect a confidential source.

Tucker, Professor Emeritus of Journalism, taught at Fresno State for 30 years, training thousands of students in storytelling, editing and ethical standards.

“As a young journalism student working to develop strong writing habits, Professor Tucker’s editing class was as valuable as any I took during my time at Fresno State,” said Eddie Hughes, alumni chapter board member and senior editor of Fresno State Magazine. “In his class, I learned that a strong editor has to be diligent in checking facts, style, spelling and structure within a story, and that every detail matters.”

Eight industry leaders will also be honored as MCJ Fellows:

  • Albert Cano, media researcher.
  • Betsy Hays, public relations professor.
  • Blair Looney, marketing and advertising professional.
  • Chris Chiames, corporate communications professional.
  • Michael Carr, news director.
  • Jane Quebe, media and advertising professional.
  • Tom Uribes, public information officer.
  • Paul McDougal, advertising professional.

Scholarships will be presented to 30 current MCJ students at the reception. The event also raises funds for future MCJ scholarships with a silent auction featuring such items as two 60-minute massage gift certificates from A Beautiful Spinea and a three-course dinner for two from the School House Tavern.

The event is presented by the MCJ Alumni and Friends Chapter of the Fresno State Alumni Association as well as 14 students in the public relations course “Cases and Campaigns,” taught by Jan Edwards. The students are executing the entire event as part of their final senior project.

“The MCJ Alumni and Friends Chapter is delighted to be a part of this year’s MCJ Hall of Fame event honoring outstanding alumni who are being recognized for their time and talent contributing to the media, communications and journalism industries,” Frauenheim said.  “Professionals like those we are recognizing make our industry better and it is an honor for them to be our colleagues.”

Tickets are available online for $40 in advance or $50 at the door. Proceeds benefit the MCJ Scholarship Fund.

For more information, contact Jan Edwards at jedwardsmkt@gmail.com.