Saddleback College Journalism Student Publications Recognized for Excellence

On Saturday, October 12th, Saddleback College journalism students of the Lariat newspaper and Orange Appeal magazine staffs won top honors, including General Excellence for and Orange Appeal magazine, at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California (JACC SoCal) regional conference at California State University, Fullerton.  The students won 15 awards, including first place for magazine cover, magazine design, magazine article, newspaper infographic and online photo essay.

“Congratulations to our outstanding journalism students who continue to publish exemplary work on a daily basis,” said Dr. Tod Burnett, president of Saddleback College. “I thank them for their hard work to ensure that their fellow students and our community have access to up-to-date campus news.”

Amara Aguilar, journalism instructor and faculty advisor, said, “The students have really worked hard, dedicating a lot of time and energy to student publications and it’s nice to see them rewarded for their efforts. We have tried to be a leader in innovation in the journalism department, supporting a launch of Orange Appeal as an iPad magazine and revitalizing Our initiatives have inspired the students and invigorated our program. The conference also gave the students a chance to compete on deadline, network with other students, and attend valuable workshops given by media professionals.”

The conference featured a variety of workshops on media-related topics, and on-the-spot deadline competition in news writing, feature photography, design, and more. In addition to on-the-spot awards, students were also honored for work submitted by mail from the previous year.

Saddleback College 2013 JACC SoCal Contest Winners:

Magazine Publication Contests (Mail-in)

Magazine General Excellence: Saddleback College Orange Appeal, unranked

Magazine Cover Design: Katrina Andaya and Stephanie Bennett, First Place

Magazine Design/Layout: Orange Appeal staff, First Place

Magazine News Feature (Non Profile): Katrina Andaya, First Place

Magazine Photo Story-Essay: Joseph Espiritu, Fourth Place; Chelsea Jarrell, Honorable Mention

Newspaper Publications Contest (Mail-in)

Online Journalism General Excellence:, Unranked

Informational Graphic: Anibal Santos, First Place

Online Photo Story-Essay: Elizabeth Ortiz, Shirley Smith, and Peter Shafron, First Place

Inside Page Layout (Broadsheet): Anibal Santos, Third Place

Editorial Cartoon: Anibal Santos, Honorable Mention

Student Designed Advertisement: Anibal Santos, Third Place

On-The-Spot and Bring-In

Broadcast News Writing: Kristen Wilcox, Honorable Mention

Feature Story: Melanie Roberts, Honorable Mention

News Story: Kaylee Johnston, Honorable Mention

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