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SCC Student Journalists Win Several Honors

The Sacramento City College Express print and online campus newspapers earned seven awards on Saturday at the 2014 Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal conference held at Sacramento State University.

The Express students won JACC’s highest honor for producing Online General Excellence for its online newspaper, given to only a handful of Northern California community college newspapers. is edited this semester by online editor in chief Jonathan Taraya, and last semester by online editor in chief Teri Barth.

“It’s extremely gratifying to see our students succeed and be rewarded for the great work they do in creating a strong student website and newspaper,” said visual media faculty adviser to the campus newspapers Randy Allen, who accompanied SCC students to the conference. “The students named on these awards and those who supported them take this work very seriously and it’s great to see them rewarded for it.”

Multimedia videographer Tamara Knox won a first-place award for her video on the “HAIRitage” art exhibit in the LRC about the cultural influence and significance of African American neighborhood barbershops. Knox also works on campus in the Cultural Awareness Center. You can see her aware winning video at

Other visual media awards were won by Express photographer Dianne Rose, who took second place for her shot of City College baseball infielder Jerrod Bravo in a home game against American River College at Union Stadium.

J.D. Villanueva won a second place in the webcast/broadcast news category for his online piece on student responses in fall 2013 to anti-abortion group Project Truth’s graphic photographic displays of aborted fetuses on campus.

In reporting and writing, managing editor Meg Masterson won second place for her editorial on suggesting the new Student Services building be named after Belle Cooledge, then-Sacramento Junior College’s vice president and a past Sacramento mayor.

Masterson also won fourth place for a features story about SCC retired custodian Harry Outlaw and Jerry Pair’s adventures in campus cleanup. Kristopher Hooks, features editor, won a fourth-place award for his profile piece on SCC biology professor David Wyatt.

“It was pretty cool to hear my name being called,” said Hooks, who attended the conference. “Since last semester was my first time writing journalistically, the possibility of winning another award gives me an extra push to perfect whatever I write.”

Students in SCC’s journalism, photography and graphic communication courses create both the print newspaper, the Express, and the online newspaper,

The JACC NorCal conference held workshops and competitions for students from community college journalism programs in Northern California. JACC is a non-profit organization that represents community college journalism programs and their publications located in California and Arizona. More than 100 community colleges belong to the organization.