Mesa College Student Newspaper Takes Home Top Honors in Statewide Journalism Competition

The Mesa Press, Mesa College’s student newspaper earned five awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges(JACC) state convention in Sacramento on March 26-28.

The Mesa Press earned the JACC’s award for General Excellence, the highest honor bestowed by the organization.  Only 15 other community college newspapers from

around the state achieved this honor, thus placing the Mesa Press in rare company.  It is the first time in the newspaper’s history to have earned the award.

“I was beyond excited when I first found out,” said Janna Braun, the Mesa Press’ faculty advisor.  “The students worked so hard and the staff has grown tremendously from just a handful of people when I arrived here four years ago to a staff of nearly 20.”

Megan Looney captured one of the top individual prizes, first place in the mail-in opinion writing competition, during the convention that drew about 600 students, teachers and professional journalists from California and Colorado.  This award also marks the first time a Mesa Press staff member has earned first place in any JACC writing competition.

Additional mail-in competition honors went to Mesa Press staff members Johnny Ngo (Honorable Mention – Critical Review), Christina Moran (Honorable Mention – Opinion Writing), and Kenny Kinder (Honorable Mention – Sports Game Story).

About 60 colleges competed in the mail-in categories and 45 in events at the convention. The convention also included dozens of workshops and training seminars, including a keynote welcome by Marjie Lundstrum, projects and investigative reporter for the Sacramento Bee.

The Mesa Press is advised by Janna Braun, assistant professor of journalism, and is currently edited by Erica Arvizu and Johnny Ngo.