Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism

Founded at San Francisco State University in 1990 by former department chair Betty Medsger, the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism believes accurate and responsible journalism reflects the changing demographics of the society it serves. We develop programs and conduct research aimed at recruiting, retaining and revitalizing journalists and journalism educators. We seek to make journalism more inclusive from the classroom to the newsroom.

Digital Diversity Fund

The Digital Diversity Fund is a program of the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. It enables SF State journalism majors or minors to apply for funds of up to $3,000 to help underwrite the cost of obtaining hands-on experience in digital journalism that serves a diverse community. Applications are available in early October for spring.

The Digital Diversity Fund enables individual students to work on a special project that needs funding to make it happen and to provide access to skills training that is not available at SF State. The proposal is up to the student's imagination. It can be a project in the Bay Area or an internationally focused project. It can be something as simple as attending a training conference, class or workshop that teaches you digital skills you cannot get at SF State. It can be an internship at a news start-up in the Bay Area that is independently managed and is not affiliated with another university. It can be a piece of investigative journalism or other in-depth journalistic project.

Resume, Cover Letter and Career assistance

Every journalism student needs to have a resume, even if they have no journalism experience. Students can make appointments to have their resumes critiqued at any time during the year. Students may also receive help writing job, internship and cover letters. CIIJ will also assist you in discovering the career options of a journalism degree.


CIIJ is generally undertaking research projects all year long. Look for email notices of projects that you might like to participate in. Research assistance looks great in resumes and on graduate school applications.


Humanities Building, Room 307
Phone: 415-338-2083, Fax: 415-338-2084