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Las Positas students sweep awards at state journalism convention

Won 16 awards last month in Sacramento, including General Excellence

Journalism students from Las Positas College swept more than a dozen trophies last month at the Journalism Association of Community College (JACC) state convention.

Competitors took home a total of 16 awards from the three-day event held March 28-30 in Sacramento, where they brushed up on their media skills and the latest reporting techniques during workshops and later showed off their reporting chops in impromptu competitions.

In addition to winning numerous individual awards, LPC scored the prestigious General Excellence award for Naked Magazine. The convention was “a valuable experience” for staff members of the Las Positas College student newspaper The Express, which also won General Excellence for online coverage.

Editor Emily Forschen, who received two honorable mentions for critical review and feature writing, said in a statement that it “felt good to get the affirmation that we are doing some good work.”

"I am so proud of our showing and how we stacked up against other journalism programs in California,” Forschen said. “We all came back even more motivated to create the best publications we can and grow even more in our craft."

Alexa Lowe won first place for Magazine Illustration; Mariel Chong and Christina Vargas both received second place for Photo Illustration. Ian Jones and Timothy Cech each came in third for Magazine Profile Article and Photo Essay, respectively. Adjunct professor and best-selling author Marcus Thompson II also taught two sports reporting workshops at the convention.

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