Skyline View staffers display their on-the-spot contest awards at the ACP/JACC Spring National College Media Conference held in Long Beach, CA March 3-5, 2022. The staff also earned numerous mail-in competition awards from JACC, as well as a best in show award from ACP.

The Skyline View may be smaller this year, but it is still mighty, as evidenced by the clean-up they did at this year’s in-person Journalism Association of Community Colleges combined conference with the Associated Collegiate Press in Long Beach, CA from March 3-5. Joining forces for the first time face-to-face, the two organizations brought community college students from all over California together with two- and four-year schools from around the country for three days of keynote speakers, workshops, competitions and more.

The good news started on Friday, when JACC announced its state publication awards. Former editor-in-chief John Harrison won a second place for The Skyline View podcast. Former opinions editor Marco Milani clinched a first place for photo illustration while former staff writer Phil Ho earned a fourth place for profile feature story. Current editor-in-chief Steven Rissotto—who also served as the NorCal student representative on JACC’s board until his one-year term ended Saturday—picked up an honorable mention in profile feature story.

Current opinions editor Zachary Navarra did what he does best and earned a second place in opinion story. The good fortune continued to new managers, sports editor Izzy Herrera (who also serves as Honor Society’s club president) and digital editor Adriana Hernandez, with the former earning an honorable mention for informational graphic and the latter getting an honorable mention for feature story.

Last spring’s staffers can all claim a victory for the general excellence they earned for their yearly magazine, Viewpoint, with the current staff all having a stake in the general excellence award they earned for their website.

But the news kept getting better throughout the weekend, when TSV was offered third place for best of show newspapers in the two-year colleges by the Associated Collegiate Press.

And because the JACC portion of the conference offered a variety of journalistic competitions, the eight attending TSVers had a chance to scoop up even more awards. First, copy editor Christian Ceguerra took fourth pace in news writing and a second place in Canva graphic. Then, opinions editor Zachary Navarra topped his previous award with a first place in opinion writing. Arts and entertainment editor Daniela Ossa earned an honorable mention in the social media contest, while Christian Ceguerra came back to collect a third place in feature writing. Ama Bayer, current photography editor, received an honorable mention in the video contest. Christian Ceguerra headed back to the podium to pick up his fourth award of the night, honorable mention in copy editing, only to be beaten out by classmate Steven Rissotto who earned first place. Rissotto rounded out the evening with another first-place award, this time for sports writing.

Article by Nancy Kaplan-Biegel

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