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Express Awards

Daniel Wilson, 2nd Place Winner for Opinion story. Kate Paloy

The Journalism Association of Community Colleges and the Society of Professional Journalists have honored the City College Express print and online newspapers and Mainline magazine with 15 awards for journalistic excellence.

Multimedia Editor LaTisha Clayton won first place in the national SPJ competition for her online journalism news story, “Voices of Occupy,” about the Occupy Sacramento movement. The same piece took second place in JACC’s video journalism category.

The Express print newspaper and Mainline magazine also received two JACC awards for general excellence, said City College Journalism Professor Dianne Heimer.

According to Heimer, publications selected to win General Excellence are evaluated on every aspect of production, including coverage, content, writing, editing, design and photography.

Sam Almaguer, 1st Place Winner for Informational Graphic. Jeff Rawlinson

City College competed against roughly 100 other California and Arizona community colleges for the statewide JACC awards, Heimer said, which were awarded March 23-25 at the state convention in Los Angeles.

“These 15 awards demonstrate to the college how good our journalism and graphic communication students are at producing journalism publications,” Heimer said.

In addition to the General Excellence awards at the JACC convention, City College students also took five first-place awards, four second-place awards, one fourth-place award and three honorable mentions.

The first-place winners were La Tisha Clayton for Online News, Richard Hanna for Sports Feature photo, Sam Almaguer for Informational Graphic, Jack Remson for Inside Page Layout, and Patrick Higgins for Newspaper Illustration.

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The Express Staff won fourth place for Editorial as well as an honorable mention in the same category. Former Express photo editor Vincent Fernandez received an honorable mention for Video Journalism along with Matt Matteucci and Kimi Rinchak for
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Richard Hanna, 1st Place winner for Sports Feature. Kate Paloy
Patrick Higgins, 1st Place Winner for Newspaper Illustration. Kate Paloy

According to Heimer, City College’s journalism staff is relatively small compared to many of its competitors, but without fail the Express and Mainline consistently produce quality student journalism.

“There are some powerhouse [journalism]colleges in state, but for our size we do very well,” Heimer said.

City College students who are interested in joining the award-winning Express or Mainline teams for fall should enroll in Journalism 402, College Newspaper Production, Journalism 403, College Magazine Production, or Journalism 406, Online Production.

L.T. Clayton, 1st Place for Video Journalism. Evan E. Duran

Clayton’s “Voices of Occupy” video and other award-winning pieces can be found online at


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