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CCMA Contest Results 2012-Print

CCMA Contest Results 2012-Print

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Published by Melissa Lalum
California College Media Association Excellence in Student Media Awards 2012. April 20, 2013 at San Jose State University.
California College Media Association Excellence in Student Media Awards 2012. April 20, 2013 at San Jose State University.

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JUDGES' COMMENTS
 
California College Media Association 2012 Excellence in Student Media Awards *** A = Daily Newspapers; B= Weekly Newspapers; C= Less than Weekly Newspaper GeneralExcellence A11stUC BerkeleyThe Daily CalifornianEmpty SeatsClean, sophisticated design, great interplay between differenttypefaces. Great use of layers with centerpieces. Good architecture onpages. Polished. A12ndDaily BruinDaily BruinIndependents claimGreat newspaper, good use of graphics, nice typography A13rdCal State FullertonThe Daily TitanObamaB11stUC San DiegoThe GuardianStudent VictoryBeautiful presentation, nice architecture on the page, good use owhite space. Clean professional looking paper. Nice print quality.B12ndChico StateThe OrionGreek system suspendedNice typography, good use of graphics.B13rdSan FranciscoStateGolden Gate XpressCast your ballotNice use of white space. Judges like the design approach of theXpress.C11stSanta Ana CollegeEl DonLearning the ropesExcellent tabloid paper. Great use of color inside, great interplaybetween different typefaces. Every page had something to like.C12ndPalomar CollegeThe TelescopeThe issue at handGood overall designC13rdnoneOverall Design A21stCal StateNorthridgeDaily SundialCulture Clash/Prop 30Professional looking and clean. Sophisticated design and execution onthe Green Issue cover. A22ndUSCDaily TrojanUSC sweat free /USC definingthe momentClean execution. Judges especially like the "USC: Defining themoment" wraps A23rdUC BerkeleyThe Daily CalifornianHolistic Review under fireClean, readable newspaper. Nice typography. Great use of Graphic ascenterpiece on front page and other sections. Great food section.B21stBiola UniversityChimesDonuts with DBCNice clean typography, great use of photos, beautiful features pagesB22ndUC San DiegoThe GuardianStudent VictoryClean typography, good use of photos.B23rdChico StateThe OrionMen's hoops celebrateC21stSanta Ana CollegeEl DonMagic MomentProfessional looking and clean. Sophisticated design good use otypography. Wonderful print quality.C22ndPalomar CollegeThe TelescopeDo we have the timeMany things to like about this paper. Integration of graphics andstories, conceptual solutions and clean design.C23rdContra CostaCollegeThe AdvocateNoldon prepares to leadBest News Series A31stUC BerkeleyMegan Messerly, GauthamThomas, Alyssa Neumann, Alex Beryhill and staff The purpose of a news series is to go beyond daily, event-drivencoverage and make readers think about an issue in a fresh way. TheDaily Californian series did just that with affirmative action. Pegged toa U.S. Supreme Court case about the role of race in the admissionsprocess, the series went deeper than just reciting the arguments onboth sides. I particularly enjoyed the story about how officials fearedthat California's ban on affirmative action at public institutions wouldeventually lead to a less diverse faculty, a concern I hadn't read aboutbefore. All four parts were also easy to read, which is no small featwhen you're dealing with a complicated topic. A32ndStanford UniversityKristian Davis Bailey and staff  A33rdUCLAAndra Lim, Kylie Reynoldsand staff B31stUC RiversideEric Gamboa, Sandy Van andCarrie Meng and staff The articles covered the defacement of an Israeli flag on campus andthe resulting fallout as the school community grappled with itsresponse. The topic was important, the writing clear and concise, andthe articles well conceptualized.B32ndUC RiversideStaffSeries on accreditation of theuniversity’s medical schoolB33rdCSU HumboldtStaffSeries on overcrowding and lackof availability of courses for students.C31stSanta Ana CollegeC. Harold Pierce, BrianMcKeon and staff Sudden Impact ConcussionsThis was a good example of enterprise reporting that raised important,uncomfortable questions and placed the reporting in good context.
 
C32ndPalomar CollegeIan Hanner and staffStudent success task forceC33rdSanta Ana CollegeMargarita Vela and staffTask Force Alters Higher EDBest BreakingNews A41stUSCDaily Trojan/Melissa Caskey,Chloe Stepney2 graduate students shot deadSolid job of reporting on a tragic double murder. Good use of quotes. A42ndUCLADaily Bruin/Jillian Beck, KylieReynoldsStandoff ends in arrestGood narrative lead added to human quality of story. A43rdCSU NorthridgeDaily Sundial/Melissa Simon,Loren Townsley Arrests made in murder caseB41stLoyola MarymountUniversityLoyolan/Zaneta PereiraJesuit accused of sexualmolestation spent 15 years atLMUExcellent story with good background information. Solid research onhistory of priest involved in sexual abuse scandalB42ndLoyola MarymountUniversityLoyolan/Adrien Jarvis,Brigette ScobasTwo students arrested on sexualassault chargesB43rdSan FranciscoState UniversityGolden Gate Express/AngelaRaiford"Potty Pyro" ignites fieryinvestigationC41stSanta Ana CollegeelDon/Margarita VelaCollege installs new camerasInteresting subject reported and written well. Good detail andresearch into crime on campusC42ndSanta Ana CollegeelDon/C. Harold PierceTrustee's strange speech calledoutGood balanced story on a strange speech.C43rdSan Jose CityCollegeCity College Times/Steve HillToilet paper caperAppealing headline. Could have had more fun with the theft of toiletpaper rolls from restroomsBest News Story(non-breaking) A51stUC BerkeleyDaily California/SoumyaKarlamanglaChancellor Tien was victim of  American fear of ChinaOutstanding investigative reporting showing through FBI documentsand interviews how former Chancellor Chang-Lin Tien fell victim to American fear of China in the 1990s. The story is well organized andresearched. A52ndUCLADaily Bruin/Jillian Beck,Changing UniversityStrong story examining how UCLA is adapting to systemwide cuts inbudgets. Good reader participation through Facebook and tweets. A53rdCSU NorthridgeDaily Sundial/Christina CoccaConversion therapy banchallengedGood examination of a serious public issue. Strong human interestangles covered with good quotes and insightB51stHumboldt StateThe Lumberjack/LukeRamsethDude, where's my fee money?Strong investigative story on fee increases at Humboldt State andwhether the money was spent wisely. Story also examined thepossibility of future new fees. Well done.B52ndChico StateThe Orion/Quinn Western,Katrina CameronDrinking death, hazingallegations suspend Greeksystem at Chico StateWell written story on a serious issue. Strongly researched with goodbackground information on the Green systemB53rdSanta ClaraThe Santa Clara/SamanthaJudaComposting rates on the riseC51stLos Angeles CityCollegeLos AngelesCollegian/Matthew MullinsDMV cracks down on disabledplacard abuseCreative investigative story on abuse of disabled placardsC52ndContra CostaCollegeThe Advocate/Brett AbelEverything's on the table"Good examination on how budget cuts are affecting campus moraleand classes.Best Feature Story A61stUCLAJames BarraganMiles of MemoriesWell-written narrative lede forces the reader to stick with the articlefrom graph to graph without giving away the real kicker – that Jones’father has died – until after the jump (although, the subhead gives itaway.) Best feature lede of the bunch, while substantive humaninterest angle makes the article compelling even to readers who mayinitially be turned off thinking this is a strictly sports piece. Like all goodsports writing, the author relates this article to larger themes, in thiscase, of perseverance, accomplishment and honor of a loved onewho has passed. A62ndUC BerkeleyJack WangLights, please A63rdCSU NorthridgeMelody CherchianFor for the foreclosed
 
B61stUC IrvineMichael ChinDown & Out in Aldrich ParkMichael Chins Down & Out in Aldrich Parkis a delightful account oan audacious, slightly wacky, possibly illegal stunt: spending a weeksleeping outdoors on campus. The idea alone was inspired, but whatmakes this story a winner is Chin’s deft narrative, which combineshumor, vivid writing and an element of suspense as he describes hisweek ensconced in a tent deep in UC Irvine’s Aldrich Park, braving jitters, drunken passers-by and an automatic sprinkler system. Thereare some lovely turns of phrase: “I was then alone, kept awake byarbitrary nighttime noise, ghosts of wind rattling the leaves of myparanoia.” And Chin brings an unusual sensibility that can bring thepop of surprise to the story. When a hummingbird flits in front of him,he doesn’t find it charming or beautiful; it is, rather, “sickeninglydreamlike.” Given the potential dangers, this is probably not an ideathat should be replicated. But for his imagination, fine writing andsheer chutzpah, Chin deserves this recognition.B62ndMills CollegeKhadija ElgarguriDoc Martens a symbol outilitarian fashion styleB63rdCSU BakersfieldKat HaasThis place is for the dogsC61stSan Jose CityCollegeSteve HillThe tenuous life of adjunctfacultyOf all the entrants, Steve Hill’s submission was the best balanced asfar as being well written, well reported and dealing with a substantivetopic. His topic was the challenges of being a part-time teacher incommunity colleges. His lede was crisp, readable and to the point. Heknew hot to use good quotes, avoiding the practice of simply quotingdata. Hill ended with a good quote which wrapped up why despite thefinancial and other constraints of being, essentially, a 2nd-rungteacher, these people persevered. The story felt complete, both in itsreporting, writing and arc.C62ndCollege of SanMateoErasmo MartinezCSM graduate starts filmproduction companyC63rdSan Jose CityCollegeMatt NarleskyHistory of the HuntBest Editorial A71stCal StateNorthridgeProp. 30 is a catch-22 that wedon't want but need A no-nonsense take on a statewide issue that combined good writingwith research and reporting. An unusually mature perspective from acollege paper that easily ranks with the best from daily papers inCalifornia. A72ndUCLAUCLA must clarify admissionsprocess.Tightly written, easy to follow and concise view on campus issue. A73rdUC BerkeleyJ.D. MorrisA civics lesson for UCSAInteresting take on controversial subject matter.B71stLoyola MarymountUniversityEnough with evading the issue,LMUHard-hitting, concise editorial on a very topical subject -- the CatholicChurch's sex abuse scandal, with a local angle. Tough subject for achurch school to tackle but done very well.B72ndBiola UniversityWorld AIDS day goes byunnoticed at BiolaInteresting take on social issues from a Christian worldview.B73rdUC San DiegoRedefining rolesNice comprehensive backgrounder on the A.S. Council and issues it'sconfronting.C71stContra CostaCollege Alexandra WaiteTransfer centersPacks a lot of information into a tight space, makes solid points aboutquestionable state policies toward the community college system inCalifornia.C72ndPalomar CollegeBridge to NowhereQuirky take on campus elections, with the twist that research revealshow little the candidates change their goals from year to year.C73rdSan Jose CityCollegeJon MarinaroThe line has been crossedMatter-of-fact analysis of sexual harassment on campus.Best PersonalOpinion Column A81stUSCFrancesca BesseyUSC must maintain opencampusWell written and researched argument on a local university issue alsoof interest to the greater city at large. Thought provoking. A82ndFresno StateLiana WhiteheadA life lost, a life foundTouching personal essay on how her grandfather's illness affected her life, causing her to quit smoking

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