By Gil Milanes
The Campus News team brought home four awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference at Cerritos College this past Saturday.
Ivan Cazares, managing editor, won second place in Critical Review with Rogelio Alvarez online editor-in-chief taking second place for Copy Editing.
Dan Gudino online editor, won second place for Profile Feature Story and Julie Santiago art director won Honorable Mention for News Photo.
CN staff members were challenged to test their knowledge in on-the-spot competition against other college students.
The conference is a one-day event where students and faculty from Southern California community colleges meet and compete.
A variety of guest speakers, workshops and contests take place during the conference.
It is the first time that Cazares received an award for journalism. “It feels nice to get recognized for your hard work,” said Cazares.
Cazares, who has attended JACC three times in two years, commented on the benefits of attending the conference.
“It’s a good way to meet people that are into the same thing you are. The workshops are always different and informative,” Cazares said.
JACC conferences can be a life- changing experience.
“Attending JACC definitely enhanced my passion for journalism. To know that as a journalist I can make an impact and difference on the local city level was really an eye opener,” Alvarez said.
Alvarez has attended JACC twice. The first time Alvarez attended, he earned an Honorable Mention award for cartoonist.
In addition to winning second place in Copy Editing, Alvarez learned about the importance of the Freedom of Information Act.
“They taught us how to properly prepare and submit requests for public records efficiently,” Alvarez said.
Gudino was unable to attend JACC due to a schedule conflict but was still able to bring home the second place award for his feature story that he submitted on East Los Angeles College’s No. 1 sports fan, David Candelas.
Gudino was surprised to receive the recognition for his feature story.
“I was surprised. I don’t consider myself to be a writer at all. I do it because it helps me with my broadcasting,” Gudino said.
Gudino was recently hired by California State University, Los Angeles to cover and broadcast the university’s sports events.
Santiago could have won first place in the News Photo category, but a costly error prevented her from it.
“I made a gross factual error, I made a mistake in spelling someone’s name,” Santiago said.
Even though she didn’t win first place, Santiago is pleased to have attended JACC.
“I’m happy. The complement itself and what they told me made me feel really good,” Santiago said.
This year’s conference featured Los Angeles Times journalist, Alice Walton, USC associate professor of professional practice in Digital Journalism, Amara Aguilar and “Made in Hollywood’s” Michael Fleeman, along with 18 other speakers.
JACC was founded in 1955 with the purpose to inspire students to further their education in journalism.
For 61 years it continues staging conferences for both Northern and Southern California community colleges.