By Jesus Figueroa
East Los Angeles College Campus News’s website ranked ninth out of the top ten Best in Show in website at the largest colleges and universities in the nation last Sunday at the 92nd annual National College Media Convention in New Orleans.
Campus News was one of four community colleges which won a place among the top 10.
The institution was among institutions with a population above 20,000.
The print version was also entered into its respective Best in Show competition but did not place.
Co-Editors-in-Chief Lindsey Maeda and Erik Luna, as well as Campus News front page editor Danny Vasquez, made the trip to New Orleans to attend the convention.
The Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association partnered up to organize this event which brings four-year universities and community colleges together for more than 360 educational sessions — learning sessions, high-profile keynote speakers, problem solving breakouts and discussion groups.
Keynote speakers started with Alex Rawls, founder and publisher of MySpiltMilk.com, who covers music and culture in New Orleans and beyond.
Other keynote speakers Hoda Kotb, Dateline NBC correspondent, who covered a wide variety of domestic and international stories, including the war in Iraq, the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians and the War on Terror in Afghanistan, and Ted Jackson who covered the opening of the Berlin Wall as well as covering hurricane Katrina.
ACP is the nation’s largest and oldest membership association for college student media which provides professional services to student members.
CMA is the association representing collegiate media advisers and their staff.
Twenty-four professionals from print to online media, writers and photographers, attended the convention and allowed student journalist the opportunity to spend 20 minutes one-on-one with them to discuss career opportunities or just advise on journalism.
The NCMC is the largest gathering of college journalists in the world, with a typical attendance of 2,300 delegates according to studentpress.org.