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2020 California Journalism Awards Campus Columns Contest Winners – 2-Year Colleges

2020 California Journalism Awards
Campus Columns Contest Winners

2-Year Colleges

 

First-place and second-place plaques will be shipped directly to the winning publications in the coming weeks.

Personalized certificates will also be mailed to winners in each category.

A complete list of all California Journalism Award winners will be provided on May 18th.

 

Circ Group(s)Category NameAwardOrganizationCityEntry TitleCommentsCreditsCompetition Comments
2-Year CollegesColumnsFirst PlaceSouthwestern College-The SunChula VistaJust in the CultureI've seen a lot of post-crash Kobe Bryant columns, but this was one of the better ones. And the other entry was personal, touching and brilliant. Nicely done.Justin DotterySouthwestern College gave me quite a bit to read, and think about. The #1 and #2 winners both center on underrepresented communities, and all four examples make me hope to run into the authors again after they enter the profession.

The difference between #1 and #2 was razor-thin.

The other three winners all brought important voices or subjects to their readers.

A special shout-out to San Jose City College, which got shut out but presented three strong nominations. Quoting Noam Chomsky and criticizing President Obama in the same column shows they are willing to think outside the box, never a bad thing in college.

2-Year CollegesColumnsSecond PlaceSouthwestern College-The SunChula VistaJourney for JusticeIt was tough to give this the #2 award instead of #1 -- the research and subject matter are first-class. The author has a future on an editorial board, perhaps. Keep up the good work.Julia WoockSouthwestern College gave me quite a bit to read, and think about. The #1 and #2 winners both center on underrepresented communities, and all four examples make me hope to run into the authors again after they enter the profession.

The difference between #1 and #2 was razor-thin.

The other three winners all brought important voices or subjects to their readers.

A special shout-out to San Jose City College, which got shut out but presented three strong nominations. Quoting Noam Chomsky and criticizing President Obama in the same column shows they are willing to think outside the box, never a bad thing in college.

2-Year CollegesColumnsThird PlaceDiablo Valley College-The InquirerPleasant HillAs Tumbling Enrollment Rattles Education Across California, Does the State Need to Step In?Important issues addressed well will always find an audience. The Death of Civil Debate it not a typical subject for a college newspaper, and a well-researched column about falling college enrollments might strike some as provincial, but both columns make a good argument for making their readers care. Good job.Cheasanee Hetherington, Anthony PerrySouthwestern College gave me quite a bit to read, and think about. The #1 and #2 winners both center on underrepresented communities, and all four examples make me hope to run into the authors again after they enter the profession.

The difference between #1 and #2 was razor-thin.

The other three winners all brought important voices or subjects to their readers.

A special shout-out to San Jose City College, which got shut out but presented three strong nominations. Quoting Noam Chomsky and criticizing President Obama in the same column shows they are willing to think outside the box, never a bad thing in college.

2-Year CollegesColumnsFourth PlaceSanta Rosa Junior College-The Oak LeafSanta RosaColumns by James DomizioWriting brevity is a lost art, perhaps, but this column seems to pack a lot into a small news hole. That's no mean feat.James DomizioSouthwestern College gave me quite a bit to read, and think about. The #1 and #2 winners both center on underrepresented communities, and all four examples make me hope to run into the authors again after they enter the profession.

The difference between #1 and #2 was razor-thin.

The other three winners all brought important voices or subjects to their readers.

A special shout-out to San Jose City College, which got shut out but presented three strong nominations. Quoting Noam Chomsky and criticizing President Obama in the same column shows they are willing to think outside the box, never a bad thing in college.

2-Year CollegesColumnsFifth PlaceSan Joaquin Delta College-The CollegianStocktonOn the Menu with MariaI'm a sucker for well-executed food columns, and in this case the author is also the photographer. It's a well-researched column with a charming appeal. Well done (no pun intended).Maria Abugarade RayoSouthwestern College gave me quite a bit to read, and think about. The #1 and #2 winners both center on underrepresented communities, and all four examples make me hope to run into the authors again after they enter the profession.

The difference between #1 and #2 was razor-thin.

The other three winners all brought important voices or subjects to their readers.

A special shout-out to San Jose City College, which got shut out but presented three strong nominations. Quoting Noam Chomsky and criticizing President Obama in the same column shows they are willing to think outside the box, never a bad thing in college.

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