City College journalism students received eight awards from the Journalism
Association of Community Colleges at its annual state convention March 23-24 in
journalists from 33 California community colleges competed in the competition,
which included the submission of stories, photos and designs published in their
student respective newspapers during the 2017 spring and fall semesters.
Students also competed in on-the-spot contests during the convention.
student newspaper, received the General Excellence Award, its 33rd such honor
since 1996. Viewpoints won for its March 9, March 23 and April 6, 2017
editions, which included front-page stories about a plane crash near RCC, a
visit by presidential candidate Jill Stein, and the decision by undocumented
immigrants to publicly identify their immigration status.
Redfearn, editor in chief, won first place for on-the-spot copy editing. She
also received two Editors Honor Roll awards and a JACC scholarship. Samantha
Bartholomew, managing editor, won second place awards for an on-the-spot news
story. She was also selected as one of five students to participate in the
California Community Colleges Journalism Collaboration Project. The project was
to produce a news story that can be published in college newspapers across the
state. Jonathan Van Niel a won fourth place award for a March 9, 2017 opinion
column about President Donald Trump’s travel ban and a March 23, 2017 column about
domestic terrorism. Artist Isela Orozco took fourth place for an illustration on
top 15 albums of 2017. Andrew Brady won an honorable mention for a May 11
sports action photo of swimmer Emily Martin.
“Not only did Viewpoints’ students win
impressive awards,” Allan Lovelace,
advisor for Viewpoints, said, “but our part-time
faculty member, Matt Schoenmann, and our former student editor-in-chief, Laura
Tapia, served as volunteers throughout the entire convention. Viewpoints had a
big impact at the convention.”