For the second year in a row, The Skyline View has taken first place for online general excellence in the two-year college division of the 2017 California Journalism Awards hosted by the California News Publishers Association. Judges said the site was full of “great visuals” and “well-written content on many topics.”

This came on the heels of several awards won at the 2018 Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention held March 22-25 in Burbank, CA. Skyline College brought its largest contingent ever to the convention: 20 students spanning all sectors of the journalism program. The publication was honored with online general excellence for and its magazine, Viewpoint—which has only published three issues so far–also received a general excellence.

Individual staff members—past and present—also took home awards. In the mail-in categories, former staff reporter Katrina Benedicto won two awards: honorable mention for opinion story and fourth place for critical review. Former opinion editor and creative director Mintzhet Tan won honorable mentions for editorial cartoon and front page layout. In the on-the-spot categories, current reporter Gabriel Garrett received an honorable mention for creative portrait (as well as being the model for the first place creative portrait!); Maitri Desai, the publication’s current opinion editor, won third place for news judgment/layout; reporter Diego Perez and editor in chief Lauren Gozon shared an honorable mention for team feature; and copy editors Raymond Rapada and Olivia Bowman received an honorable mention and fourth place respectively in copy editing.

Finally, the convention topped off with editor in chief Lauren Gozon and editor at large Laurel Lujan both bringing home JACC scholarships. (Lujan also is the first recipient of the Carolyn Livengood Journalism Scholarship, as well as having recently been chosen to participate as part of a pilot reporting team called the California Community College Journalism Collaboration Project.)


Article and Photo by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

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