The Riverside City College Newspaper, Viewpoints, won 12 awards during the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) fall conference held virtually Nov. 6-8.
Student journalists competed against other Southern California Community Colleges by entering stories, photos, illustrations, multimedia projects, page designs and other content created in previous semesters and via on-the-spot contests.
The newspaper’s staff received a General Excellence Award—its 38th since 1996—for the publication’s online edition.
“Over the last couple of semesters, reporters tirelessly covered the campus closure due to COVID-19 in the middle of March and the Black Lives Matter protests that followed the death of George Floyd in May,” said Viewpoints Adviser Matt Schoenmann.
Statewide On-the-Spot Awards
Viewpoints Editor-In-Chief Erik Galicia won a second place News Story award for his piece about the keynote and welcome speech “Can’t I Tweet What I Want?” During the lecture, Steve Padilla, Los Angeles Times Column One editor and metro director “addressed expression of political opinions via social media in an age where the lines traditionally recognized by journalists have been blurred,” according to Galicia’s story.
Reporter Joyce Nugent won second place for her photography, which included a new COVID-19 safety measure of shooting a portrait from no closer than 20 feet.
Southern California Regional Awards (Fall 2019 and Spring 2020)
Former Editor-in-Chief Angel Peña won a first place Feature Photo Award for his shot of bioluminescent waves at Oceanside and placed third in the Photo Story/Essay category for his sports photography.
Managing Editor Leo Cabral (also with the IE Voice and Black Voice News) collaborated with former staff member Jonathan Ramirez to win fourth place for an Online Photo Story Essay covering a downtown Riverside protest on June 1.
Assistant Design Editor Julian Navarro received third and fourth place honors in the Student-Designed Advertisement category.
Jair Ramirez, a former sportswriter, won second place for a sports game story. Ramirez followed the progress of the RCC football team’s 2019 title run, which culminated in the Tigers’ first national championship in 30 years.
Former student Daniel Hernandez won three awards: first place in Environmental Portrait category, fourth place for a Sports’ Feature Photo, and third place in Video Journalism for his coverage of protests in Riverside.
The conference hosted a variety of journalism workshops, an online lounge and virtual tables featuring representatives from CSU transfer institutions. Faculty from participating colleges were on hand to network and facilitate sessions, including the JACC Board meeting in which student representatives were elected to serve in voluntary roles.
Viewpoints Assistant News Editor Cheetara Piry will serve as Southern California president until the spring of 2021.