Group picture of the Express student newspaper team.

City College Express Brings Home 15 Awards

The Express news staff won 15 awards for journalism excellence at the Northern California conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Nov. 16.

The annual conference held at San Jose State University featured a day of speakers and on-the spot contests, in which Express staffers took three awards.

The Express, the Sacramento City College newspaper for more than a century, produced its final print edition in May 2019. It also won a general excellence award for the website,, which is updated daily.

Between the continuing Stephon Clark coverage and our baseball and softball teams both making playoff runs, our student journalists worked incredibly hard last semester,” said Randy Allen, Express photo adviser. “Jason Pierce’s multimedia talents continue to bring him praise, so much so that he is currently serving as a Sacramento Bee multimedia intern. It’s great to see the hard work of these talented students get rewarded.”

Pierce was one of the five Express staffers who took home first place awards: Jason Reed, Sports Game Story; Jason Pierce, Video Journalism; Patrick Gabbett, Opinion Story; Sara Nevis, Sports Feature Photo, and Niko Panagopoulos, Sports Action Photo.

“This was my second JACC conference,” said Danielle McKinney, Express co-editor-in-chief, who took a second place in the on-the-spot news writing competition. “ This semester being my last one at City College, I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to compete, and I am so glad I did. I had a lot of fun.”

The full list of JACC awards to the Express staff includes:

Express Staff, General Excellence, Online Edition
Jason Reed, First Place, Sports Game Story
Jason Pierce, First Place, Video Journalism
Patrick Gabbett, First Place, Opinion Story
Sara Nevis, First Place, Sports Feature Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, First Place, Sports Action Photo
Luan Nguyen, Second Place, Profile Feature Story
Sara Nevis, Second Place, Sports Feature Photo
Danielle McKinney, Second Place, News Writing (On the Spot)
Sara Nevis, Third Place, Sports Action Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, Third Place, News Photo
Niko Panagopoulos, Third Place, Feature Photo (On the Spot)
Sara Nevis, Honorable Mention, Feature Photo (On the Spot)
Danielle McKinney, Honorable Mention, Copy Editing (On the Spot)
Katy Escobar, Meritorious, Enterprise News Story/Series


The Express is advised by Randy Allen and Jan Haag.