8 DVC journalists win awards

D V C student success story

The InquirerEight journalism students from Diablo Valley College won awards at the Northern California fall conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), held Nov. 6 at San Jose State University. Ten journalism students from DVC and their adviser, Samanda Dorger, were among more than 200 delegates from 15 colleges who attended the conference.

In the mail-in competition, Annie Sciacca won first place for editorial writing, and Chris Clark won second place in Opinion Story. Third place awards went to Annie Sciacca and Scott Baba for Inside Page Layout, Broadsheet; Christian Villanueva for Column Writing; and Julius Rea for Front-page Layout, Broadsheet. Christopher Long won honorable mentions for a news story and for an editorial cartoon.

In the on-the-spot competition, Scott Baba won second place for an editorial cartoon, Julius Rea took third place for news judgment and layout, Jonathan Roisman took third place for a news story, and Kevin Hayes won honorable mention for a news photo.

Keynote speaker for the event was Dan Gillmor, formerly of the San Jose Mercury News and currently the director of the Knight Center for Digital Media Entrepreneurship at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He spoke about citizen journalism and democratizing journalism.

JACC is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to community college journalism in California.

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