The Peralta Citizen Wins Several Awards

The Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) recognizes excellence in Community College Journalism.  Founded in 1955, JACC is a nonprofit on the cutting edge of journalism education, bridging the gaps between students, educators and publications by providing networking and educational events aimed at inspiring members at each stage of their journalism career. This year’s conference combined NorCal and SoCal in an all-new virtual format on November 6-8.  During the conference, awards were announced.  We are proud to share that students writing for The Peralta Citizen received several awards.

From the Citizen newsletter (all images from the Citizen):

The Citizen won the FIRST-EVER multimedia/video award in our department for James Millet’s video entry Playing with Time, which is complete with an original soundtrack.
The Oakland Roots
Ulysses Smith won an award for his sports game coverage of the Oakland Roots
Laney College All Gender Bathroom Locations
Isis Piccillo won for their powerful Hate Speech is Free Speech editorial in response to misleading comments as well as their investigative piece on all-gender restroom compliance at Peralta
campus security

Jacquelyn Opalach
 won for her feature story about COA and Laney FabLab production of PPE (this article also appeared in EdSource!as well as her article about security at Peralta and defunding ASCO.
Thanks to Eleni Economides Gastis, sponsor for The Citizen and chair of the Laney College Journalism Department for sharing this exciting news via PCCD Announcement.  Congratulations Eleni!  And please join us in congratulating our amazing students on their success!
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