Judith Frutig is an award-winning journalist and media consultant. She teaches Writing Across the Media (JOUR 120), News Reporting and Information Gathering (JOUR 311), Media History (JOUR 418), Mass Media Ethics (JOUR 431), Investigative Reporting (JOUR 420), Senior Seminar in Media and Politics (JOUR 495) and Internship (JOUR 498).
Before joining the CSULB faculty in 2005, she worked for 30 years in the related fields of print and broadcast journalism, corporate communications and political public relations.
As a print journalist, she served as a writer, reporter, bureau chief and senior correspondent for some of the most notable news organizations in the United States, including The Christian Science Monitor (senior correspondent and bureau chief in Los Angeles and Chicago), Detroit Free Press (general assignment reporter, investigative reporter, political reporter and education writer) and Newsweek magazine (office manager and writer in the Detroit editorial bureau while earning her bachelor’s degree in journalism at Wayne State University).
In broadcast journalism, she was the managing editor and host of “On the Record with Judy Frutig,” a weekly, one-hour public affairs program on KPLS (830-AM) radio; the program aired for two years across Southern California and across western regions of Arizona and Nevada when the wind was right.
In corporate communications, she served as an executive speechwriter and spokesperson for the Irvine Company of Newport Beach, the largest private landowner and developer in Southern California, and it was there that she developed her interest in the study of media history. For ten years, as owner of Judith K. Frutig/Corporate Communications, she worked as a consultant for a client list that included local government agencies and some of the highest profile Fortune 500 corporations and executives in Southern California.
In political public relations, she worked as a press secretary for two statewide election campaigns (a U.S. Senate primary campaign, and a ballot initiative to tax the profits of major California-based oil companies to upgrade the state’s public transportation system), three regional initiatives (including the battle for the commercial future of El Toro AFB) and numerous local candidates and ballot issues (mostly in Newport Beach). She also served as communications director for one of the largest unified public school districts in California.
She was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for a 10-part feature series, “America’s Ten Most Livable Cities,” in The Christian Science Monitor. Her writing skills have been honored by the Detroit Press Club Foundation and the Orange County chapters of the Public Relations Society of America (OCPRSA) and International Association for Business Communication (HELIOS).
She co-wrote a screenplay under contract to Warner Brothers Television for CBS television. She also has authored chapters in three books, including “American Media History” by Anthony R. Fellow (2005), the textbook she uses in her Media History class; “Of Sneetches and Whose and the Good Dr. Seuss: Essays on the Writings and Life of Theodor Geisel,” edited by Thomas Fensch (1997); and “Newport Beach: The First Century, 1888-1988,” edited by James P. Felton (1995). Her syndicated byline has appeared in major metropolitan newspapers from Alaska to Maine, and she contributed a major article on the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline, which she witnessed firsthand, to the “Encyclopedia Britannica” (1980).
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Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2pm-3pm and 8pm-8:30pm.
JOUR 101 – ENGLISH FOR MEDIA WRITERS – Section 01 – F – 10-12:30PM – LA5-165
JOUR 120 – WRITING ACROSS THE MEDIA – Section 11/12 – TuTh – 12-1:50PM – SPA-206
JOUR 311 – REPORTIN INFORMATION GATHERING – Section 05/06 – TuTh – 6-7:50PM – SPA-108
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