By Jeanie Wakeland, Advisor, Ohlone College Monitor.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
The Ohlone Monitor, the College's student-run newspaper, brought home seven awards - including a top award for its web site - from the statewide Journalism Association of Community College convention in Sacramento, which ran from April 11 to 13. More than 500 students from 41 colleges attended the statewide event. Six students out of the Monitor's staff of ten attended, one of the smallest delegations at the event, and yet it was among the most successful teams.
The Monitor's website, www.ohlonemonitor.com, won General Excellence for Online Journalism.
The student newspaper staff awards earned by the student staff include Frankie Addiego, third place for On-the-Spot Editorial Cartoon; Manika Casterline, Honorable Mention for On-the-Spot News Story; and Celia Freire and Joshua Mobley, Honorable Mention for Bring-In Advertisement design.
Other winners include Hannah Walrod, who took second place for Publication Advertisement design; Heather Hegeman who took second place in News Photo; and Marra-Marie Magsakay who received fourth place for Inside Page Design (Tabloid).
Casterline also received recognition for her work as the 2012-2013 Northern California Student President of JACC.
"We're one of the smallest colleges and have one of smallest staffs at JACC," said Jeanie Wakeland, Monitor adviser. "I'm just so proud of our newspaper staff who work so hard."
This was the 58th annual convention for JACC, a statewide organization dedicated to promoting community college journalism education in California. Students also attended writing, photography, editing and design workshops presented by working journalists, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer and many experts in the media. JACC also sponsors scholarships for students.
The Ohlone Monitor is published 10 times during each fall and spring semester. The seven awards are some of the many awarded to the newspaper since 1967 by JACC and other organizations.