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Journalism 101

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Project ended on May 31, at 11:59 PM PDT
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Journalism 101 - CSUN Senior Thesis Pilot

Welcome to the fundraising campaign for the CSUN Senior Thesis Pilot, Journalism 101!

The Story

Our half hour sitcom, Journalism 101, is about news anchor, John Ferrell, who publicly gets fired on air. From the fallout he must find a way to pay off his legal fees and has to make a deal with an old friend to teach journalism at his old university. He’s apprehensive at first, not wanting anything to do with these children’s lives, however after learning that he could actually teach them about real news reporting and make an impact on their lives, he might decide that staying a professor could be one of the most fulfilling things he’s ever done.


What Your Donation is For

We fully appreciate all the donations that help create our pilot episode! The money from your donations will help throughout all stages of production. If you contribute to this film, your donation will be used in the different departments on our productions including:

  • Locations: acquiring permits, insurance, and transportation, etc.
  • Camera & Lighting: rentals for a camera package, lighting gear, grip truck and equipment, etc.
  • Sound: rentals for sound equipment, composer, sound cart, etc.
  • Art Department: production design, set decoration, props, wardrobe, hair and makeup, etc.
  • Post Production: editing equipment, color correction, distribution, hard drives, etc.
  • Catering and Craft Services: meals that are provided on set for our amazing cast and crew, crafties, etc
  • COVID Safety: PPE for all personnel on set, proper sanitizing and disinfecting equipment, masks, face shields, COVID testing, etc.

As a reminder we want to say, contributions to Journalism 101 are 100% Tax Deductible. The California State University, Northridge Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) public benefit California corporation.


How We Plan On Keeping Everyone Safe

Since this will be most people’s first time being in such a big group of people, COVID-19 safety is our #1 priority. We will require 100% vaccination proof for all of our cast and crew members.  We will stay up to date with the local, federal, and state mandates and updates, as well as industry guidelines when being on set. We will provide ample amounts of PPE, for example masks and face shields, access to COVID-19 Rapid Testing, sanitation and disinfection equipment, and individually packed meals and snacks. We have a certified COVID-19 Compliance Officer (COC) that will be on set at all times.


Other Ways to Show Your Support

We appreciate you taking the time to look through our fundraising page! We understand that financial donations may not be feasible for everyone! There are many other ways to help us with creating our show! To keep up to date with what’s happening, we invite you to follow and share our Social Media accounts with friends and family, and share our Donation Page as well. 

For example, if you want to share our fundraiser directly, you can scroll back up to the top of this page and either click the social media logo you would like to share our fundraiser on or get a sharable link that can be copy pasted into emails or text messages. 

We have provided direct links below to follow our social media!

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The Amazing “Journalism 101” Crew

Michael Lopez - Director/Showrunner

Jocelyn Corona - Assistant Director

Catherine Quankep & Monika Mizota - Producers

Leah Dolgin & Michael Lopez - Writers

Ewan McNeil & Lauren Chung - Directors of Photography

Arthur Tran - Sound

Jake Gilbert & Jerome Hughs - Editors

Caleb Hoback - Production Design


Thank You For All Of Your Support

We would like to thank you for your interest in our project! We wouldn’t be able to put together our Senior Thesis project without our amazing supporters! We hope you’re just as excited as us to see “Journalism 101” come to life!

If you have any questions or comments regarding our project, please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our producers. 

Catherine Quankep, Producer 

Monika Mizota, Producer 

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Social Media Shoutout

For this tier, you will get a social media shoutout on our official Instagram page!


Personalized Thank You Letter

For this tier, you will receive a personalized letter of thanks for your donation in the mail! (includes all previous tiers)


Crew Photo and Thank You

For this tier, you will receive a printed crew photo with a personalized message thanking you for your donation in the mail! (includes all previous tiers)


Signed Script

For this tier, you will receive a signed full copy of the original script! (includes all previous tiers)


BTS Video

For this tier, you will receive access to our exclusive BTS video being made, showing how our project is being made! (includes all previous tiers)


Virtual Q&A w/ Crew

For this tier, you will be invited to a private Q&A with the crew while the project is in Post. We will spill BTS stories, talk about how we all decided to join this project, and more! (includes all previous tiers)


Virtual Premiere Access

For this tier, we will invite you to the virtual premiere of "Journalism 101" and you will be among the first people to watch the finished project! (includes all previous tiers)


Special Thanks Credit

For this tier, you will be able to read your name in the end credits under Special Thanks! (includes all previous tiers)


Executive Producer Credit

For this tier, you will receive the credit of "Executive Producer" at the end of the film! We thank you for supporting our project and our filmmaking aspirations! (includes all previous tiers)

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