Pierce College is one of the many schools that attended Southern California’s Regional Journalism Association of Communication Colleges event in order to stack up awards, taking home 18 this year.
Twenty community colleges were registered to attend with at least 232 students signed up. More than 200 students gathered in the Titan Student Union Pavilion at Cal State Fullerton to undergo a day long event including workshops and on-the-spot contests in hopes of winning awards at the end of the night.
The schools are judged on magazine and newspaper production and design. The Bull Magazine is a semesterly publication that is released at the end of the fall semester and the end of the spring semester.
The Bull Magazine won five awards for its fall 2016 and spring 2017 issues: general excellence, first place for magazine design/layout and second place for magazine cover design. Kayla Berenson received an honorable mention for magazine news feature, and David Hawkins received second place for magazine photo story-essay.
Marielle Stober, fall 2016 editor-in-chief of the Bull Magazine, wasn’t present at the event, but received the news of her edition winning awards and was astonished.
“[I was] overwhelmed and over the moon,” Stober said. “I knew my team was awesome, but this just goes to show what a well picked staff can crank out.”
The Roundup News is a weekly print and online edition that comes out on Wednesday mornings throughout the semester. It received 13 awards, mostly for individual photos or stories over the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters.
Both the print and online editions received general excellence awards. Joshua Manes received third place for sports game story and Zoe Parker received third place for news story.
Mohammad Djauhari received second place for photo story-essay and Marc Dionne placed fourth for feature photo. Vanessa Arredondo placed third in mail-in editorial and Victor Rodriguez received fourth and first in mail-in critical review.
Rodriguez also won an on-the-spot critical review second place award, while Randi Love received an honorable mention in the same category. Arredondo also placed third in the on-the-spot copy editing contest and Rocio Arenas received an honorable mention for on-the-spot news writing.
Rodriguez said his experience from last year’s event changed his behavior this time.
“At the last competition, during the ceremony I went to the bathroom because I thought I wasn’t going to win anything,” Rodriguez said. “Everyone looked at me when I came back like I was a goof because I did win. This time I’m just happy I was in the room when it happened.”
The next JACC convention is set for March 22-24 at the Burbank Marriott in Burbank, Calif. This event will judge colleges on a state level, including schools from the prior Northern California and Southern California conventions.
Here are the winners:
Second place: Magazine Photo Story-Essay, “ASL cabaret”
Third place: Sports Game Story, “Men’s volleyball claim conference title”
Honorable mention for Magazine News Feature, “Silent no more”
Second place: Photo Story-Essay, “Sand the surface, surf the waves”
Fourth place: Feature Photo, “Hairspray”
Honorable mention for on-the-spot critical review
Honorable mention for on-the-spot news writing
Third place on-the-spot copy editing
Third place mail-in editorial, “Fear the walking debt”
First place: mail-in critical review, “Hairspray”
Second place: on the spot critical review
Fourth place: mail-in critical review, “Tartuffe”
Third place: News Story, “Sexual assault awareness day”
The Bull Staff
First Place: Magazine Design/Layout, Fall 2016
Second place: Magazine Cover Design, Spring 2017
The Roundup Staff
Magazine: General Excellence, Fall 2016
Print Edition: General Excellence, Spring 2017
Online Edition: General Excellence
Los Angeles Pierce College Media Arts Department