El Camino College Journalism Students Gain Career Insight, Experience at National and Regional Conferences
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El Camino College Journalism Students Gain Career Insight, Experience at National and Regional Conferences

A delegation of El Camino College journalism students recently attended national and regional conferences where they won awards for their work and gained a first-hand look into journalism careers.

A highlight of the annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association’s National College Media Convention in Washington, D.C. included a variety of breakout sessions and addresses by top media professionals such as National Public Radio legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, Executive Editor Marty Baron of The Washington Post, and CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip. 

Also part of the convention, the College Media Association awarded second-place honors for best website for two-year colleges to The Union newspaper. In addition, Warrior Life magazine earned an honorable mention in the two-year feature magazine competition. In a separate Associated Collegiate Press contest, El Camino was pitted against both community colleges and four-year universities and won third place in the breaking-news category with a story on the dismantling of a homeless encampment adjacent to the college, reported by Fernando Haro, Omar Rashad and Jun Ueda. In addition, Mari Inagaki received an honorable mention in the sports photo category. 

“El Camino College’s journalism program is an excellent example of how our students develop marketable skills while learning about careers in their chosen field from experienced, knowledgeable faculty,” said El Camino College President Dena P. Maloney. “We are proud of our student journalists’ award-winning work and congratulate them on their achievements.” 

El Camino students also participated in a Southern California competition sponsored by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges where The Union and Warrior Life picked up a number of awards, including general excellence designations for the newspaper’s print and online editions, and five first-place awards. 

Individual first-place awards went to Elena Perez for magazine photography, Justin Bell for sports game story, Fernando Haro for newspaper feature writing, Jose Tobar for newspaper profile feature writing and Rosemary Montalvo, Mari Inagaki and Anna Podshivalova for photo story essay. El Camino also took two second-place awards, four third-place finishes, three fourth-place finishes and one honorable mention in the JACC judging.           

The Union and Warrior Life are produced entirely by students enrolled in journalism classes. The newspaper and the annual magazine are available on racks and at other distribution points throughout the El Camino College campus. The newspaper’s website, www.eccunion.com, keeps the campus community updated between print editions. The magazine can be viewed online at www.eccunion.com/warrior-life/. The next edition of Warrior Life magazine is scheduled for distribution in May. Stefanie Frith, who is the adviser for The Union and Warrior Life, joins Kate McLaughlin as the full-time faculty members in journalism. Luis Sinco is the photo adviser, and Jack Mulkey is the advertising manager.

December 2, 2019