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Rampage Wins at State Competition
April 5, 2017
Rampage editors and staff won several awards at the the 62nd annual Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention in Sacramento, from March 30 through April 1.
The first set of awards, from items mailed in at the end of last semester, were in reporting, layout design, videography, editorial cartooning, photography and magazine journalism.
The Rampage placed third for front page layout with work done by layout editor Lukas Newcomb. Cityzine, a publication of the Rampage which debuted in fall 2016, won a general excellence award.
Former editor-in-chief Cresencio Rodriguez Delgado won third place for feature writing and an honorable mention for video. “I think it’s such a privilege to be awarded for work that I have done for the Rampage even after I am gone,” Rodriguez Delgado said. “It’s a reflection on how competitive student journalism is.”
The Rampage staff also participated in on-the-spot contests and attended journalism workshops.
Cindy McGrath, the newspaper adviser at Los Medanos College and the northern California representative at the convention, said students enjoyed the three dozen workshops offered. “The hands-on podcasting workshop was especially popular,” she said.
Current editor-in-chief Ashleigh Panoo won a $250 scholarship and received honorable mention awards for the on-the-spot copy editing and feature writing contests. She also placed fourth for profile feature writing.
Opinion editor Frank Lopez placed first for his editorial cartoon and took fourth place in the on-the-spot critical review contest. Lopez said he enjoyed networking with future journalists and he was surprised to take home awards. “It was surreal,” said Lopez. “I didn’t expect to win first place.”
Broadcast Editor Larry Valenzuela won first place for his sports action photo taken at the Fight For Water boxing match in December 2016. Valenzuela, along with A&E editor Samantha Domingo and reporter Julease Graham also earned honorable mentions for their on-the-spot video story.
Photo Editor Ram Reyes won an honorable mention award for the on-the-spot news photo contest.
“Attending this conference opens students’ eyes to all the possibilities,” Dympna Ugwu-Oju, adviser to the Rampage, said. “They come back reinvigorated and more dedicated to their work.”