Journalism & Public Relations


Debra Johnson

Debra Johnson

Professional-in-Residence, PR

Media, Entertainment & Technology Experience(opens in new window) (METX) coordinator


Phone: 530-898-4690
Office: Tehama Hall 351
Office Hours:
Tuesday 10:00am-10:50am
Wednesday 10:00am-12:00pm
Twitter: @DebraJChico


MA in Public Communication, California State University, Chico
BA in International Relations, California State University, Chico

Professional Experience

More than 25 years of public relations experience, including agency, corporate and government positions with an emphasis in integrated communication and social marketing programs.

Course Specialties

JOUR 342, PR Research
JOUR 351, PR Publications
JOUR 444, Job Hunting & Professional Skills for News & PR
JOUR 445, Onsite PR Internship Supervision
JOUR 451, Digital Media Innovation
JOUR 498 Applied Virtual & Augmented Reality for News & Gaming

Professional Achievement & Development

Adobe Train the Trainer Certificate, 2017
Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Conference Media Entrepreneurship Mindset, 2015
Teachapalooza, Poynter Institute, 2014
College Educator Hands-On Backpack and Mobile Video Workshop, 2014
Scripps Howard Journalism Entrepreneurship Institute, 2013
Plank Center For Leadership in Public Relations Fellowship for Educators, 2012
Participant, Edelman Academic Summit, 2010, 2012

Research Interests

Influence of emerging technologies on PR, digital media startups, entrepreneurship as applied in news and PR

Life Interests

Global travel, hiking with my dogs, enjoying red wine


Paramount, California