Laney Tower wins high marks at conference

April 20, 2017 12:25 PM

Journalism Association of Community Colleges gives Tower 11 awards for writing, design

By Bonnie Oviatt

The Laney Tower earned 11 awards at the 2017 Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC) State Conference held in Sacramento at the DoubleTree Inn from March 29 through April 2. The awards were for a wide variety of work done over the past 12 months and for on-the-spot competitions held at the conference.

Sarah Carpenter, Alice Feller, KR Nava, Bonnie Oviatt and faculty advisor Scott Strain attended the conference, which drew hundreds of journalism students from across the state. Participants were urged to network and not only get to know other students and see how they did things, but to network with the wide variety of journalists speaking and teaching at the event.

There were seminars in everything from how to do an interview to virtual reality, from podcasting to how to report on sports, from how to report in the era of Trump to the changing role of print media and how new technology is affecting the job market.

In addition to the seminars there were also on-the-spot competitions in news writing, editorial cartoon drawing, copyediting, and various categories of photography.

Carpenter received an honorable mention in the copyediting competition, which tested editors’ knowledge on grammar, current events, geography, and AP style.

Nava, Carpenter and Feller all received multiple awards at the banquet held on Saturday evening. The Laney Tower was especially strong in the design categories, winning first place for Front Page Layout, Inside Page Layout, and Photo Story-Essay.

Feller described the conference as “great” and added that there was a lot of good information that we can use to make the Tower even better.

The awards won by the Laney Tower included:

Enterprise News Story/Series
Alice Feller, Tinniae McConico, Bonnie Oviatt and Alison Stapp, Meritorious

Column Writing
Alice Feller, Honorable Mention

Critical Review
Sarah Carpenter, Third Place

KR Nava, Honorable Mention

Editorial Cartoon
Sarah Carpenter, Third Place

Front Page Layout
Staff, First Place

Inside Page Layout
Adrienne Miller and KR Nava, First Place

News Story
Hoku Gearheard-Gendre and Wesley Hrubes, Fourth Place

Photo Illustration
David Hiltbrand and KR Nava, First Place

Photo Story-Essay
David Hiltbrand and KR Nava, Fourth Place

On-the-Spot Copyediting
Sarah Carpenter, Honorable Mention

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