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LACC Journalism Students Receive 3 Pinnacle Finalist Awards

Originally Published: 9/27/2021

The staff of the Collegian is recognized in the categories of "Best Two-Year Newspaper" and "Best Magazine News Spread"

LACC student staff members of the Collegian newspaper are finalists for the College Media Association Organizational Pinnacle Award for Best Two-Year College Newspaper for 2020-21. College Media Association in New York (CMA), represents the schools that advise the nation's collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, and electronic media. The staff of the Collegian is recognized with four other finalists in the category of "Best Two-Year Newspaper," including L.A. Valley College, Richland and Eastfield Colleges in Texas and Langara College in Vancouver, B.C.

“We are extremely proud of our journalism students,” said Dr. Mary Gallagher, President, Los Angeles City College.“To be named a finalist in three categories says so much about our journalism program, faculty and students.”

CMA serves more than 700 member colleges and universities from coast to coast and was founded in 1954. Their mission is to support student media programs and professionals through education and community.

"I see all of the finalist colleges leaned heavily into COVID coverage from a student perspective," said LACC professor and journalism newspaper adviser Rhonda Guess."LACC students never stopped reporting, and the program kept printing and distributing in the community until the spread was at its worst last November. I think the judges at CMA took notice."

CMA also recognized LACC with two other finalist awards in the design category where the Collegian Times Magazine is a finalist for "Best Magazine News Spread," by Beatrice Alcala. The other four finalists for magazine design spread include Syracuse University, California Baptist University, University of Alabama, and University of South Carolina.

Places will be announced Oct. 14-17, at the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association Fall Conference in New Orleans.

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