The Journalism Department has amazing students. Here is a (partial) list of their accomplishments:
By Kaity Bergquist
Palomar College’s journalism students earned 20 awards at a state-wide community college journalism convention this weekend, including the coveted Pacesetter award, which was received by only four schools.
The Journalism Association of Community Colleges organization hosted its annual state convention April 11-14 at the Double Tree Hotel in Sacramento. Over 41 schools were in attendance with about 500 delegates.
Eleven representatives and two advisers from the Telescope, the college’s newspaper, and Impact, the college’s magazine, attended the convention, participating in competitions, workshops, critiques and networking.
Impact took first place in Magazine Design/Layout by the staff, Magazine Cover Design by former students David Leonard and Kiigan Snaer, and Magazine Illustration by Snaer, with a third place for Magazine News Feature by Leonard and Impact Editor-in-chief Hannah Villaruel, fourth place for Magazine Profile Article by writer Shaun Kahmann, and second place for Magazine Opinion Story by Kahmann.
The Telescope received General Excellence for both print and online. It also won first place for Front Page Layout, Informational Graphic and Enterprise News Story/Series, with a third place Editorial and second place for Sports Game Story by Matthew Slagle.
In the on-the-spot competitions, The Telescope Editor-in-Chief Kaity Bergquist won first place for Bring-in Ad, second place for News Judgment/Layout Tabloid, and the People’s Choice Award for News Judgment/Layout Tabloid. Opinion Editor Marissa Milloy won a meritorious award for the new Twitter competition. Staff writer Heather Randall won an honorable mention for Feature Photo and staff writer Nicole Gibbs won first place for the Feature Story category.
The Pacesetter award is determined by a tallying of points from all awards won by the school. This was the first time since 2006 that Palomar won the award.
Palomar Journalism students have been written up twice in the North County Times for the awards they have won, including an article in June where The Telescope won Best College Newspaper by the San Diego Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists! Here is the link.
In March 2012, Palomar College’s journalism students earned 18 statewide awards for their campus newspaper, magazine and newspaper website at the annual state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC). For the third year in a row, The Telescope received a state General Excellence Award for its campus newspaper, which is published 20 times per year. Palomar’s new campus magazine IMPACT and The Telescope’s redesigned website www.the-telescope.com <http://www.the-telescope.com> also received General Excellence Awards. The student-run publications beat out about 45 other community college journalism departments across the state.
Lastly, several of our students have secured internships or jobs because of the Journalism Department’s solid network of media contacts.
Here is a partial list:
David Leonard, Front Page Designer, Gannett Company
Kaity Bergquist, Internship, U-T San Diego
Colleen Peters, Internship, U-T San Diego
Deb Hellman, Internship, North County Times
Nick Shumate, Internship with LA marketing firm
Belinda Callin, Job with Tennis Pro website
Maggie Avants, Job with Patch.com
Mark Saunders, Freelancing with Patch.com
Shaun Kahmann, Freelancing with Patch.com
Matt Slagle, Internships with UT-San Diego, North County Times and KUSI
Fall 2011: Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Southern California Conference
The Journalism Department took 17 students to Cal State Fullerton to compete against community colleges from all around Southern California. The staff won more than 20 awards in both on-the-spot and mail-in categories.
Spring 2011: Journalism Association of Community Colleges, State Conference
The Journalism Department took 13 students to Sacramento for the state conference of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. There, The Telescope earned 13 statewide awards in photography, news writing, sports writing, design, video journalism, critical review and others.
For the second year in a row, The Telescope received a state General Excellence Award for its campus newspaper, which is published 18 times per year. The Telescope staff also received first place for design, beating out about 50 other community colleges and 600 students across the state.
Those awards lead to the North County Times feature the newspaper staff. Here is a newspaper article about the newspaper staff: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/san-marcos/article_bd0af5a7-1aa4-5709-940b-a9b9c249e58a.html
That article resulted in an award from the City of San Marcos. Here is a link to the video http://sanmarcos.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=257
If you know of another accomplishment of a Palomar journalism student, please leave a comment below.