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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
    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