Fall 2021 Staff
Tasmin "Taz" McGill
Jordan is a third-semester journalism student. He spent the last six years managing restaurants in L.A. and Orange County. He is passionate about pizza, literature and politics. In his free time, Jordan enjoys hiking, roller skating and riding motorcycles up and down the coast.
Madison is a journalism major and this is her second semester on the Coast Report staff. Besides writing on her free time, she enjoys being in nature, drawing, and enlightening herself with a few podcasts along with discovering new music. As for her goals within journalism, she has hopes to one day cover overlooked or misunderstood global issues as a outlet to help the world, as well as be a voice for communities in need.
JJ is a first-year journalism student at OCC. She attended UC Irvine and obtained a bachelor's degree in math, but after graduating, she realized that journalism and news were more interesting to her. She wants to write and report for a newspaper one day. In her free time, JJ enjoys spending time with her family, working as a math tutor and watching action movies. She is also not ashamed to admit that she writes a lot of fan fiction.
Staff Writers and Reporters
Oceane is a second-year college student and brand new student to OCC this year. She just moved to Southern California from Atlanta, and she went to Georgia State University, studying journalism/media and is continuing with her major at OCC. A fun fact about Oceane is that she was born in Africa and moved to five different countries. As you see, Oceane loves to travel and has been outgoing ever since she was born.
Zoe is a sophomore at OCC majoring in Communications, and this is her first semester working on the Coast Report. In her free time, she likes art, yoga, hiking, and spending time with her friends and family.
Connor is a third-year biology student at OCC. While he has no intention of majoring in journalism, Connor is an avid media addict. When he does not have any pressing obligations, he enjoys consuming mainstream academic literature, running, and undertaking independent research on obscure and outwardly meaningless historical subject matter.
Cameron is a sophomore at OCC but this is his first semester at Coast Report. Cameron hopes to become a sports writer down the road. He loves to watch and cover sports including football, basketball, baseball, and soccer. Lastly, Cameron also plays college water polo and loves to stay active.
Whitney is a first-year journalism major and this is her first semester on the Coast Report staff as a reporter. Besides being a part of the women’s track and field team here at Orange Coast College, Whitney enjoys being outdoors, watching sports, being active, and traveling. Whitney plans to transfer to USC to pursue her dreams of being a sports broadcaster for ESPN one day.
Marissa is a second-year college student who is majoring in communications and journalism. Her interest in sports journalism has strengthened ever since she wrote a historical figure report on Jackie Robinson and attended her first-ever Dodgers game at the age of eight. She is inspired by women in the sports industry and hopes to one day be a sideline sports reporter for a Major League Baseball team. In her free time, she loves going on Disneyland trips, visiting baseball stadiums, baking, and spoiling her two bunnies.
Sam is in his second year at OCC and is in his first semester of Coast Report. He is a journalism major that hopes to transfer to TCU in the next coming year. He spends most of his time working as a server on Catalina Island or playing basketball with his friends. His dream one day is to have a successful career working in sports media/journalism.
Faculty and Staff
- Dr. Jeremy Shermak
Dr. Shermak is the faculty advisor to Coast Report and journalism instructor at Orange Coast College. He teaches News Writing and Reporting as well as Social Media for Print and Online Journalism and Introduction to Mass Communications. Dr. Shermak earned his Ph.D. in journalism from The University of Texas at Austin and previously studied journalism at the University of Missouri and Indiana University. He practiced journalism at the Harbor Country (Mich.) News and the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune, working as a government/sports reporter as well as a photographer. He most recently worked as a freelance sports reporter for the Malibu (Calif.) Surfside News. He was a managing editor at market research firm Mintel International and a media analyst at internet analytics firm comScore Networks. His research has been published in such journals as Digital Journalism, Journalism and Mass Communications Quarterly, Social Media + Society, NINE: A Journal of Baseball History and Culture, and more. He has presented his research at such conferences as the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture, the Association of Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC), the International Communication Association (ICA), the American Political Science Association (APSA), the American Meteorological Society (AMS), and more. He has been featured on the Circulating Ideas and LitMatters podcasts, and quoted in articles appearing in Time Magazine, The New York Times, NBC News, the Financial Times, and more. When he is not in the newsroom, Dr. Shermak is either reading, watching or researching the news. He is a huge sports fan, especially baseball and his beloved Chicago Cubs.