SCC Journalism Students Win Big at JACC Awards

The Sacramento City College Express print and online publications took six awards at the 2014 state conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) held in Los Angeles in April.

The Express won JACC’s highest honor for Newspaper General Excellence for the Express, which is edited this semester by Will Ownbey and last semester by Daniel Wilson.

Reporter Cody Drabble won a first-place award for his news feature in the annual Mainline magazine about the chief justice of California, Tani Gorre Cantil-Sakauye, who is a City College alumna.

J.D. Villanueva won a second place for video journalism for his online piece on campus reaction to the exhibit displayed in the Quad by the controversial anti-abortion group Project Truth.

“J.D.’s piece on Project Truth demonstrates his talent as a multimedia journalist,” multimedia adviser and photography professor Randy Allen said. “He was careful to assure his piece represented parties from both sides of this very sensitive issue.”

Daniel Wilson took third place for his Mainline magazine profile article about City College graduate John Masterson, and J.D. Villanueva took fourth place for his Mainline magazine profile about Bella Gomez, a transgender student.

Evan Duran, former photo editor of the Express and Mainline, took an honorable mention for his photo of a local bronze sculptor that also was the cover image of the magazine.

“Our students continue to win awards for the best journalism in the state,” said Dianne Heimer, journalism department chair. “We are proud of their daily commitment to cover the campus.”

For a complete list of JACC state journalism winners, see: