Students receive state’s top recognition for journalism

Journalism students from The Guardsman and Etc. Magazine in Fall 2014 win awards during the Journalism As¬sociation of Community Colleges Norcal Conference in Sacramento.
Journalism students from The Guardsman and Etc. Magazine in Fall 2014 win awards during the Journalism Association of Community Colleges NorCal Conference in Sacramento. (Photo by  Juan Gonzales)

Current and former City College journalism students won 16 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Norcal Conference on Nov. 8 at Sacramento State University

The Guardsman and The Guardsman Online captured General Excellence awards. Approximately 175 students representing some 20 journalism programs in Northern California attended the regional JACC Norcal Conference on Nov. 8 at Sacramento State University.

The Guardsman also captured awards in layout, news features, editorial cartoons, illustrations, news photos, sports photos, feature photos, news stories and several on-the-spot competitions.

“It was a great conference, a lot of learning to be had and topped off by our students performing well in the journalistic competitions,” Journalism Department Chair and Guardsman Advisor Juan Gonza­les said. “They brought home General Excellence for both The Guards­man and The Guardsman Online. They certainly did the college proud.”

The conference included a variety of workshops in writing, photog­raphy, layout, cartooning, internships, social media, editing, journal­ism careers and ethics.

The conference also gave students the opportunity to network with professionals and students from other schools.

The regional conference leads up to the JACC State Convention to be held April 9-11 at the DoubleTree hotel in Sacramento.



The Guardsman Staff 

General Excellence in Newspapers

General Excellence in Online Journalism

Sara Bloomberg 

1st Place Enterprise News Story/Stories

Patrick Tomayo 

1st Place On The Spot Copyediting

Sara Bloomberg, Ana Carolina Quintela, Marcelo Petosi 

3rd Place Front Page Layout (Tabloid)

Charles Innis 

Honorable Mention On The Spot News Story

Santiago Mejia 

1st Place News Photo

Honorable Mention Sports Feature Photo

Elisa Parrino 

3rd Place Feature Photo

3rd Place Sports Feature Photo

James Fanucchi 

3rd Place Spot News Photography

Anthony Mata

2nd Place Illustration

2nd Place Editorial Cartoon

3rd Place Illustration

3rd Place Editorial Cartoon

Serina del Mercado 

Honorable Mention On The Spot Editorial Cartoon

To join Etc. Magazine, email Tom Graham at: tgjournalist@comcast.net

To join The Guardsman, email Juan Gonzales at: accionjg@aol.com

Frequently asked questions about the journalism program

What is so special about City College’s journalism program?

Our program offers a state-of-the-art computer lab, two award-winning publications, instructors who are working jour­nalists, a coaching program for students, internship opportunities and a curriculum that keeps pace with the changing needs of today’s newsroom.

Does the journalism program offer transferable courses?

Yes. Three courses in our program are transferable to four-year institutions. The three courses are Journalism 19 (Contem­porary News Media), Journalism 21 (News Writing and Reporting) and Journalism 37 (Introduction to Photojournalism).

Do any of the courses in the department fulfill general education requirements?

Yes. Journalism 19 (Contemporary News Media) meets the GE requirement in humanities.

Can I get a degree or certificate in your program?

Yes. The department offers an AA degree in journalism that takes about two years to complete and leads to transferring to a four-year college. A Certificate of Award in Journalism is also available for those

students wishing to gain journalistic skills for possible employment within an 18-month period.

If I complete two years of study in your program and want to transfer to a four- year college, is that possible?

Yes. It is possible to transfer to a four-year institution. Students in our program have enrolled at San Francisco State University, UC Berkeley, San Jose State University, Humboldt State University, and UC Santa Cruz, to name a few.

Will I encounter any problems enrolling in one of your courses?

No. Enrollment in our department is easy.

Class size averages about 20 students per class, which allows for plenty of opportunities to interact with teachers, advisers and fellow students.

What kinds of jobs can I qualify for once I complete your program?

The program prepares students for entry- level positions in news writing, copy edit­ing, photography, and newspaper design and pagination.

Does the department offer any scholar­ships?

Yes. The department has a $100 scholarship for continuing students. The application deadline is April 1.

The department also makes available information on journalism scholarships offered by local and statewide organizations.

Are internships available to students in the program?

Yes. The department has working relations with numerous neighborhood newspapers and some alternative publications in the area. Instructors in our department also have connections with the two dailies: the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Francisco Examiner.

Are there any other resources offered through the department?

Yes. The department sponsors a mentoring program, a student press club, a media ca­reer fair, and a “Brown Bag” lecture series. It also has an extensive library of media- related books and videos.

If I need to talk to a journalism adviser is there someone I should see?

Yes. You can contact Department Chair Juan Gonzales, who has been with the program since 1985. Call (415) 239-3446.

Journalism Department

Where have all our graduates gone?

Jennifer Balderama

Former Book Editor
New York Times

Tim Ball

Washington Post

Johnny Brannan

News Writer
Honolulu Advertiser

Tim Brown

New York Times

Colleen Cummins

The Appeal Democrat

Alex K. Fong

Deputy Design
San Jose Mercury News

Mario Fortson

Page Designer
San Francisco

Glenn Gullmes

West Portal Monthly

Cheryl Jennings

News Anchor
KGO-7 News

Paul Kozakizwic

Richmond Review and
Sunset Beacon

Orlando Molina

Sports Writer
Contra Costa Times

Alex Mullaney

The Ingleside Light

Rob Nagle

Page Designer
San Francisco

Jim Powell

Copy Editor
Los Angeles Times

Lubna Takruri

Copy Editor
Associated Press

Dan Verel

North Bay
Business Journal

To join Etc. Magazine, email Tom Graham at: tgjournalist@comcast.net

To join The Guardsman, email Juan Gonzales at: accionjg@aol.com

Questions? Call Juan Gonzales at 415-239-3446

The Guardsman campus newspaper is available online at: www.theguardsman.com

Etc. campus magazine is available online at: www.etc-magazine.com


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