Awards



Viewpoints students win 10 JACC awards

April 3, 2017

Journalism students from Riverside City College received 10 awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual state convention March 31-April 1 in Sacramento.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the spring and fall 2016 semesters and in on-the-spot contests during the convention.

Viewpoints received a General Excellence award, its 31st since 1996. Viewpoints won for its April 7, April 28 and May 12, 2016 issues, which included stories about the hiring of District Compliance Officer Lorraine Jones and RCC’s new Student Services building. Professional journalists give the award to newspapers that excel in writing, coverage, photography, leadership, editing and design.

Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Laura Tapia won a first place award in an on-the-spot news judgment contest and a Certificate of Achievement for her service as JACC’s student president.

Tapia also received two Editors Certificates of Achievement for her work with Viewpoints this semester and in the fall semester.

Former Viewpoints Managing Editor Alexis Naucler received a third place award for a photo illustration about an air show at March Field.

Former Viewpoints student Alec Calvillo received a fourth place award for a feature photo of a fire spinner in the May 26 newspaper.

Viewpoints writer Mary Valterria received an honorable mention for a feature story.

Viewpoints writer Jonathan Van Niel received an honorable mention for column writing.

Viewpoints artist Madison Moore received an honorable mention for an illustration.

“It was quite a treat to see Laura Tapia win four awards, and it was an honor to see her serve as JACC’s student president,” Viewpoints Adviser Allan Lovelace said. “And the General Excellence award recognizes a team effort in serving the college community well as the voice of the students.”

More information about Viewpoints is available at https://viewpointsonline.org
 


Viewpoints students win 11 JACC awards



Oct. 30, 2016 

Journalism students from Riverside City College received 11 awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual SoCal conference.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters and in on-the-spot contests during the convention Oct. 29 in Cerritos.

Viewpoints Managing Editor Stacy Soriano won a third place award for a sports feature photo, fourth place for a sports action photo, and honorable mentions for an online photo essay and an on-the-spot news photo about an event at the conference. 

Former Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief James Williams and former Viewpoints student Daniel Murillo won third place awards for a student designed advertisement published Nov. 5 about a special Centennial edition.

Viewpoints Features Editor Mary Valterria won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot critical review.

Former Viewpoints Multimedia Editor Brooke Cary won an honorable mention for a feature story.

Viewpoints student Alec Calvillo won an honorable mention for a May 26 feature photo about the Polynesian art of fire spinning.

Former Viewpoints writer Jakob Wood won an honorable mention for an April 28 opinion story about a lack of diversity in Hollywood. 

Viewpoints artist Madison Moore won an honorable mention for an illustration.

Viewpoints students win JACC awards, presidency

March 20, 2016

Journalism students from Riverside City College received five awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual state convention March 18-19 in Burbank.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the spring and fall 2015 semesters and in on-the-spot contests during the convention in Burbank.

Viewpoints Photo Editor Stacy Soriano won first place in an on-the-spot contest for her photo of a volleyball game.

Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief James Williams won a fourth place award in an on-the-spot social media contest. He used Twitter, Instagram and Storify to tell a story about a panel discussion on the shootings of 14 people in San Bernardino.

Williams also received two Editors Certificates of Achievement for his work with Viewpoints this semester and in the fall semester.

Viewpoints Sports Editor Laura Tapia won an honorable mention for a Viewpoints opinion story about the threat posed to privacy by the federal CISA law.

Tapia was also elected as JACC’s next student state president. 

“I hope I am able to take this great opportunity and build more communication between the community colleges journalism programs,” Tapia said. “Increasing networking possibilities for journalism students will not only help their programs grow, but it will also help improve journalism in community colleges as a whole.”


Viewpoints students win 11 JACC awards

Nov. 17, 2015

Journalism students from Riverside City College received 11 awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference Nov. 14.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2014 and spring 2015 semesters and in on-the-spot contests during the conference in Fullerton.

RCC’s student newspaper, Viewpoints, received a General Excellence award, ranking third overall among Community College newspapers. Viewpoints won for its Oct. 30, Nov. 13 and Dec. 1, 2014 editions, which included front-page stories about RCC ranking No. 1 in football and RCC police missing a federal deadline to report crime statistics. Professional journalists give the award to newspapers that excel in writing, coverage, photography, leadership, editing and design.

Former Viewpoints managing editor Valerie Osier won first place for an advertising design about the newspaper’s online podcast and fourth place for front page design.

Former Viewpoints writer Steven Smith won second place for a photo illustration and fourth place for video journalism about a fire at RCC.

Former Viewpoints writer Victor Gallegos won second place for a sports story about a boxing event in Ontario.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief James Williams won fourth place awards for video journalism and front page design.

Viewpoints news editor Crystal Olmedo won fourth place for front page design and an honorable mention for an on-the-spot news story about a keynote panel discussion by Daily Breeze journalists who won a 2015 Pulitzer Prize.

Viewpoints editor Dominique Redfearn won fourth place for on-the-spot copy editing at the conference.

Information about Viewpoints and RCC’s Journalism program is available at www.viewpointsonline.org and rccjournalism.blogspot.com.

Viewpoints wins national Associated Collegiate Press award

March 3, 2015

Riverside City College’s Viewpoints has again been selected as one of the top student newspapers in the nation.

Viewpoints received a Best of Show award March 1 at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Universal City, placing fourth among community college newspapers.

More than 700 students from the U.S. and Canada attended the convention, which included workshops, an awards ceremony and four keynote speeches.

Viewpoints Adviser Allan Lovelace said the award recognizes the students’ talent, hard work and commitment to public service.

“The student journalists place a premium on public service with their newspaper,” he said. “That is one of their main goals.”

Viewpoints students entered their Oct. 30 issue, which included coverage of RCC’s police missing a deadline to report crime statistics and inductions to the RCC Athletic Hall of Fame.

The Best of Show award is Viewpoints’ third such honor from the Associated Collegiate Press, with the newspaper also winning in 2011 and 2004. The newspaper and its students have also received from ACP national story of the year awards in 2009, 2003 and 2000; national Pacemaker awards in 2005 and 2004; and five All American awards since 1998.

Viewpoints students also received four awards from the California College Media Association at the convention.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief James Williams received a third place award for an editorial about expired elevator permits at RCC. 

Steven Smith received a third place award for a video about RCC Astronomy instructor Scott Blair. 

Crystal Olmedo received an honorable mention for a news series about crime statistics. 

David Roman received an honorable mention for a critical review about the band Bleached. 

Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at rccjournalism.blogspot.com.

Viewpoints students win eight JACC awards

Oct. 20, 2014

Journalism students from Riverside City College received eight awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference Oct. 18.


Student journalists from Community Colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters and in on-the-spot contests about events during the conference at Cal State Fullerton. 

Viewpoints photo editor Luis Solis won a first place award for a Viewpoints photo essay about Riverside’s 22nd annual airshow and third place for a feature photo.

Viewpoints managing editor James Williams won first place for an on-the-spot sports story.

Former Viewpoints student Aaron Beltran won first place for a photo essay.

Viewpoints news editor Valerie Osier won second place for a feature story about Cheri Jo Bates in the newspaper’s October 31, 2013 edition.

Viewpoints online editor Steven Smith won second place a video about RCC Astronomy instructor Scott Blair. 

Viewpoints news editor Josa Lamont won a second place award for an on-the-spot feature story.

Former Viewpoints artist Celeste Walter won a second place award for a line illustration. 

Information about Viewpoints and RCC’s Journalism program is available at: www.viewpointsonline.org and rccjournalism.blogspot.com.


Viewpoints students win JACC awards


April 8, 2014

Journalism students from Riverside City College received three awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual state convention April 4 in Burbank.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the spring and fall 2013 semesters.

Viewpoints Advertising Manager David Roman and former Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Destiny Rivera each won a fourth place award for a Viewpoints inside page design.

Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Travis West received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for his work with the newspaper this semester.

Viewpoints students win seven JACC awards
Oct. 14, 2013

Journalism students from Riverside City College received seven awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference Oct. 12.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2012 and spring 2013 semesters and in on-the-spot contests about events during the conference at Cal State Fullerton.


Viewpoints Inscape editor Alyssa Aldrete won a first place award for a Viewpoints critical review of “The Great Gatsby” film.

Former Viewpoints writer Devon Everett won a first place award for a Viewpoints opinion column about the shooting of Trayvon Martin.

Viewpoints photo editor Michael Walter won a fourth place award for a Viewpoints online photo essay about a local car show and an honorable mention for an on-the-spot news photo he shot at the conference.

Viewpoints managing editor Travis West won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story about a soccer game.

Viewpoints sports editor James Williams won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story he wrote at the conference.


Viewpoints editor-in-chief Destiny Rivera received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for her work with the newspaper this semester.

Information about Viewpoints and RCC’s Journalism program is available at: www.viewpointsonline.org and rccjournalism.blogspot.com



Viewpoints students win JACC awards


April 23, 2013

Journalism students from Riverside City College received two awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual state convention April 13 in Sacramento.

Student journalists from Community Colleges in California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the spring and fall 2012 semesters.

Viewpoints writer Devon Everett won a first place award for an opinion story in Viewpoints published Oct. 4 about the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Florida and the state’s “stand your ground” law.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief Destiny Rivera received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for her work this semester.


Viewpoints students win 18 JACC awards

Oct. 11, 2012


Both the print and online editions of Riverside City College’s student newspaper won General Excellence awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference. 

RCC’s print and online newspapers received a total of 18 awards at the JACC conference at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 6.  

Student journalists from Community Colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2011 and spring 2012 semesters and in on-the-spot contests about events during the conference.    
     
Viewpoints won a General Excellence award for its April 26, May 10 and May 24 print issues from the spring 2012 semester. The overall award is given to student newspapers for excellence in writing, photography, design and leadership.

Viewpoints’ online edition received its General Excellence award for its website during the 2011-2012 academic year. The online journalism General Excellence contest awards outstanding efforts in electronic and other multimedia journalism. Criteria for judging include use of interface, site organization, coverage and content and use of graphics and multimedia.

Viewpoints has won 29 JACC General Excellence awards for its print and online editions since 1996.  

Viewpoints students also received 16 individual awards.  
        
Former Viewpoints features editor Sam Finch won a second place award for a Viewpoints feature story.

Former Viewpoints photo editor Allison Perez won a third place award for a photo illustration in Viewpoints’ April 5 issue and honorable mentions for a video on Viewpoints’ website, a feature photo and a front page design.

Former Viewpoints photographer Paul Ledesma won a fourth place award for a photo illustration that ran in Viewpoints’ March 22 issue.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief Javier Cabrera received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for his work this semester, an honorable mention for a May 14 video about RCC’s swim team and two honorable mentions for news stories.  

Viewpoints sports editor James Williams won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story he wrote at the conference.

Viewpoints copy editor Susan Parker won an honorable mention for an advertisement that ran in Viewpoints’ May 24 issue. 

Former Viewpoints writer Chad Arias won an honorable mention for column writing. 

Former Viewpoints photographers Diego Alvarez and Jacob Willson won honorable mentions for front page design.

Former Viewpoints student Jarred Jackson won an honorable mention for video journalism.


Viewpoints student wins state writing award

May 5, 2012

Samuel Finch, a Journalism student at Riverside City College, has won a prestigious award for a feature story he wrote for the college’s student newspaper, Viewpoints.

Finch, the newspaper’s features editor, won a second place award in the category of Best Writing from the California Newspaper Publishers Association on May 5.

Viewpoints was one of six community college newspapers to be honored at the association’s awards event in San Jose for professional and student newspapers. This is the first time that Viewpoints students won an award from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.

Finch won for his “Riverside, meet the movement” feature story about the Occupy movement in Riverside. The story appeared in Viewpoints’ Oct. 20, 2011 issue in its print and online editions.

Viewpoints students win print and online newspaper awards

March 26, 2012

Riverside City College students won 10 awards in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges 57th annual statewide contest.

The event this year, in Burbank from March 22-24, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall and spring 2011 semesters.

Students with the college’s print and online newspaper, Viewpoints, won awards for RCC at the convention attended by more than 500 students and their faculty advisers.

Viewpoints photo editor Allison Perez and former Viewpoints students Jacob Willson and Matt Dziak won awards in the enterprise category for their stories and photos of the college football team’s state championship season.

Willson also won a second place award for an online photo of the football team scoring a touchdown and a third place award for a page design about Steve Jobs.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief Javier Cabrera won a second place award for a story about the women’s water polo team. He also received an editor’s certificate of achievement award.

Perez and former Viewpoints students Dora Yrigoyen and Jasmeet Singh won honorable mentions for a page design about Loma Linda University’s Pink Runway fashion show for cancer survivors.


RCC print and online student newspapers win General Excellence awards

Oct. 15, 2011

Both the print and online editions of Riverside City College’s student newspaper won General Excellence awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference.

RCC’s print and online newspapers received the awards at the JACC conference at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 15, marking the third consecutive semester that both Viewpoints’ print and online editions were each honored with General Excellence awards.

Student journalists from community colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters.

Viewpoints won a General Excellence award for its Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18 print issues from the fall 2010 semester. The overall award is given to student newspapers for excellence in writing, photography, design and leadership.

Viewpoints’ online edition received its General Excellence award for its website during the 2010-2011 academic year. The online journalism General Excellence contest awards outstanding efforts in electronic and other multimedia journalism. Criteria for judging include use of interface, site organization, coverage and content and use of graphics and multimedia.

Viewpoints has won 27 JACC General Excellence awards for its print and online editions since 1996.

Viewpoints students also received individual awards.

Viewpoints writer Araceli Diaz won third place for a news story that appeared in Viewpoints print and online editions in the spring 2011 semester.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief Javier Cabrera received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement for his work this semester.



Viewpoints wins print and online awards

April 10, 2011

For the first time in its 89-year history, Riverside City College’s student newspaper has won four General Excellence awards in one year from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.
 


Journalism students from Riverside City College won print and online General Excellence awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention for student media. They accomplished the same feat at the fall JACC conference.

The event this semester, in Sacramento from April 7-9, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the spring and fall 2010 semesters.


Students with the college’s print and online newspaper, Viewpoints, won awards for RCC.Viewpoints’ print edition won a General Excellence award. The overall award is given to student newspapers that excel in coverage and content, writing and editing, opinion, photography, design, advertising, art and graphics.


Viewpoints’ online edition also won a General Excellence award for outstanding efforts in the use of interface, site organization, coverage, content, graphics and multimedia.
Viewpoints has won 25 General Excellence awards since 1996.

Viewpoints photo editor Jasmeet Singh won a fourth place award for a sports action photo.
Former Viewpoints photographer Khai Le won an honorable mention for a photo essay that appeared on Viewpoints’ online edition.

Viewpoints editor-in-chief Javier Cabrera received an editor’s recognition award.



Viewpoints wins national Associated Collegiate Press award


March 6, 2011

Riverside City College’s Viewpoints has again been selected as one of the top student newspapers in the nation.

Viewpoints received a Best of Show award March 6 at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Journalism Convention in Hollywood, placing fourth among community college newspapers.

More than 600 students from 31 states attended the convention, which included workshops, an awards ceremony, keynote speeches and a press conference with Robert Redford. Journalism students Javier Cabrera, Stephanie Holland, Sonja Eide, Lauren Garcia, Danielle Schmidt and Ruben Gallegos attended the convention with Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace.

Lovelace said the award recognizes the students’ talent, hard work and commitment to public service.

“I tell them every year to never think about winning awards and instead just have fun while producing a newspaper that makes a difference,” he said. “The students embrace that approach and understand the importance of a newspaper as the voice of the students.”

Viewpoints students entered their Oct. 7 issue, which included coverage of the state’s budget crisis, smoking on campus and Viewpoints students’ experiences in giving up vices.


The Best of Show award is Viewpoints’ second such honor from the Associated Collegiate Press since 2004. The newspaper and its students have also received from ACP national story of the year awards in 2009, 2003 and 2000; national Pacemaker awards in 2005 and 2004; and five All American awards since 1998.

Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487 and at rccjournalism.blogspot.com.


Viewpoints and Viewpoints Online win JACC awards

Oct. 16, 2010
Both the print and online editions of Riverside City College’s student newspaper won General Excellence awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at its annual Southern California conference.


RCC’s print and online newspapers received the awards at the JACC conference at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 16, marking the first time in the newspaper’s history that both Viewpoints and Viewpoints Online were each honored with General Excellence awards at one conference.
Student journalists from community colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2009 and spring 2010 semesters.
Viewpoints won a General Excellence award for its Oct. 22, Nov. 5 and Nov. 19 issues from the fall 2009 semester. The overall award is given to student newspapers for excellence in writing, photography, design and leadership.
Viewpoints Online received its General Excellence award for its website during the 2009-2010 academic year. The online journalism General Excellence contest awards outstanding efforts in electronic and other multimedia journalism. Criteria for judging include use of interface, site organization, coverage and content and use of graphics and multimedia.
Viewpoints has won 20 JACC General Excellence awards since 1996, while Viewpoints Online has won three since 1999.
Viewpoints advertising manager Vanessa Soto won first place for an illustration as part of a special project about vices that appeared in Viewpoints’ print and online editions.
Viewpoints online editor Khai Le won second place for a video about a Nazi protest that ran on Viewpoints Online’s website in its multimedia section.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Stephanie Holland received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement.
Viewpoints opinions writer Cloie Swain won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot opinions story about a speech at the conference.
RCC students win nine newspaper awards
April 12, 2010
Journalism students from Riverside City College won nine awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention for student media.


The event, in Los Angeles from April 8-10, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the spring and fall 2009 semesters.
Students with the college’s print and online newspaper, Viewpoints, won the awards for RCC.
Viewpoints Online won a General Excellence award, its first such honor since winning in 1999. The overall award is given to online student media for outstanding efforts in the area of electronic and other multimedia journalistic efforts in the use of interface, site
organization, coverage, content, graphics and multimedia.
Viewpoints online editor Khai Le won an unranked meritorious award for his Viewpoints Online video of a Nazi protest and counter protest in Riverside. He also won a third place award for a sports action photo of an RCC soccer player and an honorable mention for a Nov. 19 photo illustration of Sesame Street’s 40th anniversary.
Viewpoints advertising manager Vanessa Soto won first place for a Dec. 3 illustration of Viewpoints’ “Vice Project,” for which
Viewpoints students wrote about their experiences in giving up various vices such as coffee and video games.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief Desiree Perez won a fourth place award for her photo illustration of Barbie’s 50th anniversary.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Stephanie Holland won an honorable mention for on-the-spot copy editing at the convention. She also received an editor’s recognition award.
Former Viewpoints writer Phillip Levin won an honorable mention for his Oct. 8 critical review of the film “Invention of Lying.”



RCC student journalists win national multimedia award
Nov. 4, 2009
Riverside City College's student newspaper, Viewpoints won a national award Oct. 31 from the Associated Collegiate Press at its annual convention in Austin, Texas.
Viewpoints received the second place Story of the Year award in the category of multimedia package, finishing ahead of student media at the University of Chicago and Baker University. Taking first place was the student newspaper at Northern Illinois University.
Viewpoints is the only community college newspaper nationwide to have been selected as a finalist for ACP's multimedia Story of the Year award.
Only one other community college newspaper in the nation was selected as a finalist for a Story of the Year award, LA City College's Collegian, for a sports story.
Viewpoints' entry in the contest was the special multimedia Web site its student staff put together for its November 2008 state and national election coverage. The site included videos, still photos, slideshows, blogs, stories, and a live chat.
Professional journalists and editors serving as contest judges selected finalists and winners based on the following criteria: value, importance or worth of story; quality of reporting and quotes; quality of writing and editing; credibility and leadership; innovation in use of multimedia (audio, video, slide shows, graphics, etc.); technical quality of multimedia elements; and adherence to copyright laws.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Stephanie Holland and photo editor Martin Iniguez attended the convention with the newspaper’s adviser, Allan Lovelace, and training technician, Tim Guy.
Viewpoints students won a first place ACP Story of the Year award in 2000 and third place in 2003, in competition with university students nationwide. The newspaper also won national ACP Pacemaker awards, which are considered the Pulitzer Prize in college journalism, in 2005 and 2004.

RCC students win nine JACC awards

Oct. 26, 2009
Journalism students from Riverside City College won nine awards Oct. 23 in the Journalism Association of Community Colleges SoCal conference’s contest for student newspapers.
Student journalists from community colleges in Southern California competed by entering stories, photos and designs published in their student newspapers during the fall 2008 and spring 2009 semesters.
Students with the college’s student newspaper, Viewpoints, won the awards for RCC.
Viewpoints won a General Excellence award for its Nov. 6, Nov. 20, and Dec. 4 issues from the fall 2008 semester. The overall award is given to student newspapers for excellence in writing, photography, design, and leadership.
Viewpoints opinions editor Corinne Love won a second place award for a March 26 column about Barbie turning 50 and an April 9 column about critical thinking.
Viewpoints online editor Khai Le won third place for a sports action football photo in Viewpoints’ Nov. 6 issue. He also won an honorable mention for a Nov. 20 feature photo of RCC student Christian Henry’s battle with anorexia.
Former Viewpoints student Zachary Porcu won fourth place for an April 9 column about the value of a college education and an April 30 column about the Kindle device.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Stephanie Holland won an honorable mention for a Nov. 20 inside page design about the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace.” She also received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement.
Viewpoints advertising manager Vanessa Soto won an honorable mention for a Nov. 6 editorial cartoon about former U.S. President George Bush handing over to Barack Obama a nation with a severely damaged economy and environment.
Former Viewpoints photographer Joshua Pedroza won an honorable mention for a Nov. 6 news photo of Barack Obama supporters as they received the news that Obama had been projected as the winner of the 2008 U.S. presidential election.

RCC students win 13 newspaper awards

March 29, 2009
Journalism students from Riverside City College won 13 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, in Sacramento from March 26-28, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the spring and fall 2008 semesters.
Students with the college’s print and online newspaper, Viewpoints, won the awards for RCC.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Stephanie Holland won first place for a Nov. 20 inside page design about the James Bond film “Quantum of Solace,” an honorable mention for an editorial urging RCCD to reduce spending on administration, and an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement.
Viewpoints online editor Khai Le won a second place award for an online photo essay about Hakim Maloum’s walk across America, third place for Viewpoints’ Nov. 20 feature photo “A Portrait of Anorexia,” third place for a sports action photo of an RCC football game, fourth place for the online news photo “A Watchful Eye” about RCC’s police preparing to respond to protestors from Westboro Baptist Church, and an honorable mention for a sports action photo. He also received a JACC scholarship.
Viewpoints photographer Joshua Pedroza won fourth place for Viewpoints’ Sept. 25, Oct. 9 and Nov. 6 front page designs.
Former Viewpoints photographer Lawrence Gonzales won fourth place for front page designs.
Former Viewpoints staff writer Jason Lillard won an honorable mention for a news story about Riverside’s gay pride festival.
Former Viewpoints sports editor Jeff Sirko won an honorable mention for editorial writing.
The Viewpoints staff won an honorable mention for an online photo essay about the presidential elections.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
RCC students win 12 awards
Nov. 16, 2008
Eight newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won 12 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ SoCal conference.
The event, at Cal State Fullerton from Nov. 14-15, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and newscasts during the fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters. Students also competed in on-the-spot contests while reporting on live events at the conference.
Students with the college’s newspaper, Viewpoints, and video newscast, Inland Valley News, won the awards for RCC.
Viewpoints Managing Editor Khai Le won first place for a news photo about the October 2007 fires, first place for a photo illustration about Earth Day and another first place award for an on-the-spot sports photo about a basketball game.
Viewpoints Advertising Manager Vanessa Soto won a first place award and an honorable mention for line illustrations about the torture of Iraqis by the U.S. military and the CIA at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and President Bush’s enemies list.
Former Viewpoints graphic designer Sabrina Jones won second place for an inside page design of Halo 3.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Desiree Perez won fourth place for an on-the-spot front page design. She also received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement.
Former Viewpoints Sports Editor Mike Meraz won an honorable mention for a profile feature story about two RCC tennis players.
Viewpoints Insider Editor Courtney Grabendike won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot critical review about the play “Urinetown.”
Inland Valley News students Yessica Acevedo and Bounroeun Lor won honorable mentions for a broadcast video journalism story about the Dogtoberfest event held last year.
More than 400 students from 31 colleges and 50 speakers attended the conference.
Viewpoints, Inland Valley News students win 11 SPJ awards
May 10, 2008
Newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won 11 awards and a scholarship in the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Student Journalism contest.
At the awards ceremony May 10 in Riverside, students and professional journalists from Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Orange counties received awards for their stories, photos, and designs published in newspapers and television newscasts.
In the student newspaper contest, Viewpoints received third place overall.
Viewpoints photo editor Khai Le won first place for a front-page photo of firefighters battling a forest fire in the Inland Empire last year. He also received the David Harrison Memorial Scholarship.
"It was during the San Bernardino fires of October last year that I really noticed all the stories going on around me," Le said in his scholarship application. "It was my first real big news story and I had gotten a chance to follow around several firefighters as they raced to save nearby houses from an approaching fire. During the fires I saw firefighters, tired from working long hours and local neighbors banded together all with stories to tell just waiting for someone to listen."
Former Viewpoints student Sabrina Jones won first place for a page design about the Halo 3 video game.
Viewpoints training technician Tim Guy won third place for a news story about a parade to honor veterans, published when he was a student with Viewpoints. He also won third place for an editorial.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Desiree Perez won third place for a column about voter turnout. She also won third place for an editorial.
Viewpoints training technician Dan Segraves won third place for an editorial about former Riverside Community College District Chancellor Salvatore Rotella.
Viewpoints advertising manager Chris Dietrich won third place for a photo of the Dickens Festival.
Inland Valley News student Yessica Acevedo won second place for a video news story about the pet adoption event "Dog-toberfest."
Inland Valley News student Bournoeun Lor won a second place award for a video news story.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
RCC students win 22 newspaper, television awards
April 6, 2008
Thirteen newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, in Los Angeles from April 3-5, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and newscasts during the spring and fall 2007 semesters.
Students with the college’s newspaper, Viewpoints, and video newscast, Inland Valley News, won the awards for RCC.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for its April 27, May 10 and May 24 issues.
Viewpoints photo editor Khai Le won a second place award for front page layouts of the newspaper’s Feb. 12, Oct. 25 and Dec. 13 issues. He also won honorable mentions for an Oct. 25 front page news photo of a fire in the Inland Empire and for a sports action photo of an RCC basketball player.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Desiree Perez, a Centennial High graduate, won an honorable mention for an editorial about former RCC administrator Bill O’Rafferty and former RCC student Reyna De Leon. She also received an Editors Honor Roll Certificate of Achievement.
Former Viewpoints production manager Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, won second place for front page layout.
Viewpoints students Dan Segraves, Matthew Gilford and Kevin Hudec won honorable mentions for enterprise stories about RCC chancellor candidates.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief Tim Guy won an honorable mention for an editorial.
Former Viewpoints artist Leonardo Pineda won an honorable mention for a March 9, 2007 illustration about peanut butter and vermin.
Inland Valley News producer Simei Pulu won first and second place for Broadcast Video Journalism for stories about eminent domain and Riverside’s so-called “Smart Park” system. He also won two Generally Excellent awards for Broadcast News Portfolio.
Inland Valley News reporter Derek Leimel won first and second place awards for Broadcast Video Journalism and a Generally Excellent Award for Broadcast News Portfolio.
Inland Valley News students Yessica Acevedo, Jennifer Thompson and Brad Krall won Generally Excellent awards for Broadcast News Portfolio.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Journalism students win 16 JACC awards

Nov. 7, 2007
Ten newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won 16 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference.
The event, at Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 2-3, featured workshops by professional journalists and awards ceremonies for winning stories, photos and designs published in student media during the fall 2006 and spring 2007 semesters. Students also competed in on- the-spot contests by covering live events at the conference.
Students with the college’s newspaper, Viewpoints, and television newscast, Inland Valley News, won the awards.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the
newspaper’s Nov. 30, Feb. 12 and March 9 issues. The award is given to newspapers in Southern California and Arizona that excel in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Dan Segraves, reporter Kevin Hudec and former Viewpoints reporter Matthew Gilford each won Generally Excellent awards for enterprise stories about the search for a new chancellor. Segraves also received an Editors Honor Roll Award.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, won second and fourth place awards for inside page designs in the Oct. 19, 2006 and March 9 issues and third place for front page designs of the Nov. 30, Feb. 12 and March 23 issues.
Viewpoints Insider editor Sandra Diaz won second place for an on- the-spot critical review about the play “Come back to the five and dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” performed at Cal State Fullerton during the conference.
Viewpoints reporter Michael Meraz won third place for a sports game story about RCC’s pole vaulter Matt Jones.
Viewpoints student Desiree Perez won fourth place for columns about student government elections, former RCC President Daniel Castro’s efforts to be hired as Long Beach City College’s president and the Bush administration’s use of secret prisons to interrogate
terrorism suspects.
Former Viewpoints photo editor Chris Ullyott won fourth place for his May 24 design of a Viewpoints recruiting ad.
Former Viewpoints artist Leonardo Pineda won fourth place for a line illustration about contaminated peanut butter.
Inland Valley News student Michael Oh won third place for a story about Riverside’s so-called “Smart Park” system.
Inland Valley News student Howard Walters won two honorable mentions for stories about the migrant camp Deer Canyon near San Diego.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints, Inland Valley News students win SPJ awards

May 7, 2007
Riverside City College’s Viewpoints has been selected as the top student newspaper in the Inland Empire by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Southern California Excellence in Journalism awards ceremony, in Riverside on May 5, recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and television newscasts from RCC, UC Riverside, the University of La Verne, Cal Poly Pomona and Victor Valley College. Professional newspapers were also honored.
Riverside City College’s student journalists took home the most first place awards with six, including student newspaper of the year, unseating the University of La Verne’s Campus Times.
Former Viewpoints writer William Clarke won first place for “Family mourns death of student,” a 1,752-word Viewpoints feature story about the life and death of RCC student Reyna De Leon.
Viewpoints graphic artist Joshua Duran won first place for the Viewpoints page design “Shock Coffee,” second place for a Nov. 30 page design about the movie “The Fountain” and second place for the column “A brave new world.”
Viewpoints opinions editor Desiree Perez won first place for her Viewpoints editorial “Welcome to Hell.” She also received the Ray Griffith Memorial Scholarship.
“You can change the world with words,” Perez said in her
scholarship application. “That, simply, is what I want to do. It may sound naive and idealistic, but I want to uncover corruption, scandal, bigotry and ignorance. I want to go where the news is. Send me to Iraq, Iran and Darfur. Send me to Washington D.C. I want to see things that will shock me, because I want to expose the public to hidden or bitter realities in order to spur action.”
Earning the Dave Harrison Memorial Scholarship is Viewpoints managing editor Daniel Segraves, a Yucaipa High School graduate.
“To be a journalist is like being a soldier of truth; you go wherever you need to and do whatever it takes to serve the public,” Segraves said in his scholarship application. “Fame, money and everything you had thought you’d strive for becomes a secondary thought ... journalism is the last bastion of relief in a time full
of misinformation and social disorder. As far as I am concerned, there is nothing more important than the honor of preserving the truth and delivering it to a pubic need.”
Viewpoints photographer and advertising manager Chris Dietrich won first place for Viewpoints’ May 11, 2006 front page photo “Campus Controversy” about protests at RCC.
Former Viewpoints writer Kevin Casteneda won second place for his Viewpoints sports story “There’s still time.”
Students with RCC’s television newscast won all of the awards for TV news stories.
Former Inland Valley News anchor Troy Clarke won first place for “U.S.-Iranian Relations” and second place for “Synthetic Diesel.”
Former Inland Valley News anchor Amia Tadjalli won third place for “Giving Back.”
Viewpoints and Inland Valley News adviser Allan Lovelace said he is happy for his students.
“I said last year that RCC students had their best showing yet, but this year they surpassed even that,” Lovelace said.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Students win print, online, TV awards
March 28, 2007
Seven newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won awards and a scholarship at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, in Sacramento from March 22-24, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards presentation for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and newscasts during the spring and fall 2006 semesters.
Students also competed in on-the-spot contests by covering live events at the convention. Students with the college’s newspaper,
Viewpoints, and television newscast, Inland Valley News, won the awards.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Tim Guy, a Rancho Verde High graduate, won an Editors Honor Roll Award.
Viewpoints graphic artist and production manager Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, won third place for a page design about coffee and honorable mention for an on-the-spot page design.
Viewpoints photographer Chris Dietrich won fourth place for a Viewpoints Online photo about a protest at the college.
Viewpoints photo editor Chris Ullyott won an honorable mention for another Viewpoints Online photo about the protest.
Viewpoints opinions editor Desiree Perez, a Centennial High graduate, received the $750 Warren Mack scholarship.
Former Inland Valley News anchor Troy Clarke won general excellence for a story about synthetic fuels.
Former Inland Valley News reporter Tim Fowler won general
excellence for a story about efforts to help the homeless.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Journalism students win 16 JACC awards

Nov. 7, 2006
Nine newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won 16 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference.
The event, at CSU Fullerton on Nov. 4, featured workshops by professional journalists and awards ceremonies for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2005 and spring 2006 semesters.
Students also competed in on-the-spot contests by covering live events at the conference.
Students with the college’s newspaper, Viewpoints, and television newscast, Inland Valley News, won the awards.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the
newspaper’s April 27, May 11 and May 25 issues. The award is given to newspapers in California and Arizona that excel in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, won an Editors Honor Roll Award; first place for an informational graphic about the history of abortion laws in California; and honorable mentions for a front page design, two photo illustrations, and an on-the-spot page design.
Inland Valley News producer J Baker won second place for a story that aired on the weekly television newscast.
Former Viewpoints photographer Mike Lewis won third place for a sports action photo and an honorable mention for a sports feature photo of the women’s water polo team celebrating its victory over No. 2 ranked Fullerton.
Former Inland Valley News student Matt Roberts won third place for a story that aired on the television newscast.
Viewpoints technology editor Ben Kwiecien won fourth place for a column about the so-called “Truth Defenders” event at RCC that denounced Islam.
Viewpoints photo editor Chris Dietrich received honorable mentions for a Viewpoints Online photo and two photo illustrations.
Former Viewpoints writer Jonathan Kroncke received an honorable mention for a critical review.
Former Viewpoints writer Kevin Castaneda received an honorable mention for a sports feature story about the men’s soccer team.
Inland Valley News student Buddy Hutton won an honorable mention for a story about the Orange Blossom Festival.
Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace said he is proud of his students’ phenomenal success.
“My students deserve nothing but the best,” he said, noting that they have also won two national Pacemakers and many other important awards the last two years.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints, Inland Valley News students win 16 SPJ awards
May 15, 2006
Newspaper and television students from Riverside City College won 16 awards – their highest total to date -- in the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Student Journalism contest.
The awards ceremony, in Riverside on May 13, recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and television newscasts from RCC, UC Riverside, the University of La Verne, Cal Baptist, Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA. Professional newspapers were also honored.
Viewpoints received third place overall in the Best Newspaper contest.
Former Viewpoints photographer Mike Lewis won first, second and third place awards for news, sports and feature photos.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Joshua Duran won first and second place awards and an honorable mention for page designs.
Former Viewpoints artist Liston Morris won first and second place awards for cartoons.
Former Viewpoints writer Erin Tobin won third place for an editorial about student apathy.
Former Viewpoints news editor Vanessa Overbeck won third place for a sports story.
Inland Valley News field producer Marina Kochan won first place for her television news story “Stem Cells.”
Inland Valley News anchor Diana Thornhill won second place for her television news story “Baby Friendly.”
Inland Valley News producer J Baker won third place for her television news story “Go Red” and another third place award for her television feature story “Fant-a-Shes.”
Former Inland Valley News reporter Sarah Haney won third place for a television feature story.
“This is by far our best showing yet,” said Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints and Inland Valley News adviser. “It was a wonderful opportunity for our students to network with our graduates who were there to accept awards, too."
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints students win 15 JACC awards

April 1, 2006
Riverside City College’s newspaper students won 15 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, in Los Angeles from March 30-April 1, featured workshops by professional journalists and awards ceremonies for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the spring and fall 2005 semesters. Students also brought photos and designs to enter and competed in on-the-spot contests by covering live events at the convention.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the
newspaper’s April 28, May 12 and May 26 issues. The award is given to newspapers in California and Arizona that excel in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, won an Editors Honor Roll Award, second place for a bring in informational graphic, third place for a bring in photo illustration, and honorable mentions for an inside page design in Viewpoints, an advertisement in Viewpoints, a bring in advertisement and a bring in photo illustration.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief Tim Guy won second place for on-the-spot headline writing, second place for an informational graphic, third place for a bring in photo illustration, an honorable mention for a bring in advertisement and an Extra Mile Award for his volunteer work with the journalism association.
Former Viewpoints photo editor Mike Lewis won fourth place for a sports action photo and an honorable mention for a sports feature photo.
“It was a treat to see our students win so many awards and to attend a workshop on sports writing given by former Viewpoints sports editor Kevin Pearson, who is now a full-time staff writer at The Press-Enterprise,” said Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.



Viewpoints wins second national ACP Pacemaker Award

Oct. 30, 2005
For the second consecutive year, Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has been selected as one of the best college newspapers in the nation.
The Associated Collegiate Press made the announcement yesterday when it released the results of its national Pacemaker competition.
The Pacemaker Award, often described as the “Pulitzer Prize” of collegiate journalism, is the highest national award a student newspaper can receive for one year of work.
Viewpoints students were notified in September that the newspaper was a Pacemaker finalist. Then, they found out Oct. 29 that they had won their second Pacemaker Award.
Twenty five student newspapers received the Pacemaker this year.
Two other community college newspapers from California, from Southwestern College and Contra Costa College, also received the Pacemaker.
Journalists from professional newspapers select collegiate Pacemaker winners based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
The Viewpoints student staff entered complete newspapers from the spring 2005 semester, including its March 24, April 28 and May 26 issues.
Tim Guy, Viewpoints’ editor-in-chief, said he appreciates the recognition from professional journalists.
“To win this award once is great, but twice in two years is something that is very special," he said. "To be recognized for this makes all of the hard work and extra hours put in by the staff extremely worthwhile.”
Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace said the students’ commitment to public service results in an award-winning newspaper.
“When students want to produce a newspaper that has an impact, the work they do ends up being recognized for its excellence with awards,” Lovelace said.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's
Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.



Viewpoints and Inland Valley News students win 19 JACC awards

Oct. 30, 2005
Riverside Community College students won 19 awards at the
Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California fall conference.
The conference, at CSU Fullerton from Oct. 28-29, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2004 and spring 2005 semesters. Students also competed in on-the-spot contests by covering events at the university during the conference.
Viewpoints design editor Joshua Duran won first place for an inside page design, first place for an on-the-spot front page design and third place for an advertisement.
Viewpoints photographer Christopher Ullyott won first place for a bring in photo.
Former Viewpoints writer Amber Richard won first place for a Viewpoints editorial about the status of day care services at RCC.
Former Viewpoints news editor Vanessa Overbeck won third place for investigative news stories and third place for column writing.
Former Viewpoints writer Michael Diggin won third place for investigative news stories.
Inland Valley News producer J Baker won third place for an Inland Valley News broadcast news story.
Former Viewpoints artist Alexander Lopez won fourth place for an advertisement.
Former Viewpoints writer Stephen Barnett received an honorable mention for a depth news series of stories.
Inland Valley News student Roya Iravani received an honorable mention for an Inland Valley News broadcast news story.
Viewpoints photographer Mike Lewis received an honorable mention for a feature photo of Halloween Town at RCC, honorable mention for an on-the-spot news photo and an honorable mention for a front page design.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Timothy Guy received an honorable mention for a front page design and an editor recognition award.
Viewpoints photo editor Ashley Keller received an honorable mention for a front page design.
Former Viewpoints photographer Monica Cadena received an honorable mention for a feature photo.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints wins national ACP Pacemaker Finalist Award
Sept. 29, 2005
For the third time in the last eight years, Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has been selected as one of the best college newspapers in the nation.
The Associated Collegiate Press made the announcement today when it released the results of its national Pacemaker Finalist competition. The Pacemaker Award, often described as the “Pulitzer Prize” of collegiate journalism, is the highest national award a student newspaper can receive for one year of work.
Fifty-eight university and college newspapers received the Pacemaker Finalist Award this year for issues published during the fall 2004-spring 2005 academic year. Other finalists included student newspapers from Harvard and Northwestern universities. Five other community college newspapers from California also were named as finalists.
Journalists from professional newspapers select collegiate Pacemaker winners based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
The Viewpoints student staff entered complete newspapers from the spring 2005 semester, including its March 24, April 28 and May 26 issues. The newspapers, ranging from 24 to 32 pages, included such headlines as “Professor caught up in scandal,” “Worldwide protest hits home” and “Discrimination pervades RCC.”
Tim Guy, Viewpoints’ editor-in-chief, said he is honored that Viewpoints has been named a Pacemaker Finalist again.
"To be a finalist among some of the best colleges in the United States is a great accomplishment for us,” Guy said. “To be recognized two years in a row is something truly special and amazing.”
Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace noted that students improve the newspaper every year.
“It is nice when our students are recognized for their hard work, talent and commitment to public service,” Lovelace said. “The Pacemaker Finalist Award this year follows last year’s Pacemaker and 1998’s Pacemaker Finalist Award, so this year’s honor demonstrates that students build on previous success.”
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's
Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins Los Angeles Times Overall Excellence award

May 26, 2005
Viewpoints students won third place May 26 in the Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence competition.
The awards ceremony, at the Los Angeles Times building, recognized student newspapers from the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside. Times editors, reporters, photographers and designers judged the newspapers for writing, depth and variety of coverage, editing, editorial pages, photography, cartoons, graphics, sports coverage, advertising and design.
The Viewpoints staff entered its Oct. 21, March 10 and March 24 issues in the contest.
Cash prizes were awarded for first, second and third places.
Viewpoints received a check for $1,000 to go with its third-place award.
Viewpoints Adviser Allan Lovelace said he is happy to see the newspaper win Los Angeles Times awards three years in a row.
“It is especially nice to get awards when the students do not try to win,” he said. “I am so happy for them, especially Viewpoints’ editor-in-chief, Timothy Guy. This is the finest bunch of students serving with Viewpoints in the nine years I have been an adviser here."
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints and Inland Valley News students win 10 Society of Professional Journalists awards

May 14, 2005
Newspaper and television students from Riverside Community College won 10 awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Student Journalism contest.
The awards ceremony, in Ontario on May 14, recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and television newscasts from RCC, UC Riverside, the University of La Verne and Cal Poly Pomona.
More students from RCC won awards than from any other college or university.
Viewpoints received second place overall in the Best Newspaper contest.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Timothy Guy won first and third place awards for page designs. He also received the SPJ scholarship.
"Everyone at Viewpoints works very hard to produce a good newspaper and these awards mean a lot to every person on the staff," Guy said. "It is great to see our hard work pay off."
Viewpoints managing editor David Cox won first place for his page design “Van Helsing.”
Former Viewpoints writer Amber Richard won first place for her editorial “RCC neglects student mothers.”
Inland Valley News producer J Baker won first place for her television news story “Prop 69.”
Viewpoints page editor Michael Diggin won second place for his feature story “What lies beneath,” about passageways under the Mission Inn.
Former Viewpoints sports editor Justin Alsman won second place for his sports story “RCC announcer is Daddy Cool.”
Viewpoints news editor Vanessa Overbeck won third place for her editorial “Politicians Beware.”
Inland Valley News anchor Alex Perkic won third place for his television news story “Prop 66.”
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints and Inland Valley News students win 10 JACC awards
April 9, 2005
Students with Riverside Community College’s Journalism and Telecommunications programs won 10 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, in Sacramento from April 7-9, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and TV newscasts during the spring and fall 2004 semesters. Students also
competed in on-the-spot contests by covering live events during the convention.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the 52-page March 11, 2004, May 27 and Nov. 4 issues. The award is given to newspapers in California and Arizona that excel in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
“I couldn’t be more proud of this staff,” said Viewpoints editor-in-chief Tim Guy. “They have not only served the community in a big way but also represented Riverside Community College very well.”
Viewpoints graphic artist Joshua Duran, a North High alumnus, and Viewpoints production manager Mike Lewis each won first place awards for a bring-in photo illustration of a bicyclist passing by a gasoline station’s sign showing the fuel cost as an “arm,” “leg”
and “kid.”
Viewpoints news editor Vanessa Overbeck won second place for columns about flag burning, Propositions 68 and 70 and Title IX’s impact on women coaches. She also won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story.
Inland Valley News anchor Alex Perkic won third place for a story about the “three strikes” law.
Viewpoints assistant news editor Daniel Flores-Guadiana won fourth place for a Dec. 2 investigative news story about expired elevator permits at RCC.
Viewpoints writer Johnathan Kroncke won an honorable mention for a critical review about the movie “The Incredibles.”
Guy, a Rancho Verde alumnus, won an editor honor roll award.
Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace received an “Extra Mile Award” for his volunteer work with the journalism association.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints wins national Pacemaker Award
Nov. 7, 2004
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has been selected as one of the best newspapers in the nation.
The Associated Collegiate Press made the announcement today when it released the results of its national Pacemaker Award competition.
The Pacemaker Award, often described as the “Pulitzer Prize” of collegiate journalism, is the highest national award a student newspaper can receive for one year of work.
Twenty-five university and community college newspapers received the Pacemaker Award this year for issues published during the fall 2003-spring 2004 academic year. Other winners included student newspapers from Harvard and Northwestern universities. Only one
other community college newspaper, Contra Costa’s Advocate, won from California.
Journalists from professional newspapers select collegiate Pacemaker winners based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
The Viewpoints student staff entered complete newspapers from the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters, including the 44-page Sept. 25, 2003 issue, which included the front-page stories “Elevator permits expired” and “Hearing postponed in former RCC dean criminal case.” Viewpoints students also entered their Oct. 23, 2003 issue with the headline “Riverside activists greet president,” about anti-war protestors, including several RCC students, outside President Bush's $2,000-a-plate Republican fundraiser at the Riverside Convention Center.
James Seals, Viewpoints’ fall 2003 editor-in-chief, said the Pacemaker Award recognizes Viewpoints students’ efforts to provide the best newspaper they could produce.
“We did our jobs,” Seals said.
Tim Guy, Viewpoints’ editor-in-chief, who was the newspaper’s managing editor during the spring 2004 semester, said the award is the result of a team effort.
“This recognition is very special for us,” Guy said. “It validates the hard work that each staff member puts into the newspaper to serve the RCC community. It also shows that the teamwork that this staff has is truly amazing.”
Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace said the students do not work to win awards.
“I am especially happy for our students winning this highest of all awards because they have their priorities straight,” Lovelace said. “They want to have fun, get media experience and make a difference through public service. They win awards without that being a priority.”
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints and Inland Valley News students win 21 awards

Oct. 17, 2004
Riverside Community College students won 21 awards at the
Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California fall conference.
The conference, at CSU Fullerton from Oct. 15-16, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters. Students also competed in on-the-spot contests by covering events at the university during the conference.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the April 8, April 29 and May 13 issues. The award is given to newspapers in Southern California and Arizona that excel in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief James Seals, a La Sierra High graduate, won first place for a bring-in advertisement about voter registration for college students.
Inland Valley News student Jay Baker won first place for a television news story about RCC’s Passport to College program.
Inland Valley News student Julie Estrada won first place for a television news story.
Inland Valley News student Dominic Durden won second place for a television news story about firefighters.
Viewpoints writer Anthony Guillen won fourth place for an
investigative story about the removal of fliers at RCC by Student Activities staff. He also won fourth place for an on-the-spot news story.
Viewpoints writer Michael Fortier won fourth place for an
investigative story. He also won an honorable mention for an investigative story about expired elevator permits at RCC and an honorable mention for an on-the-spot news story.
Viewpoints arts and entertainment editor Erin Tobin won fourth place for an on-the-spot editorial and an honorable mention for an on-the-spot critical review about a surfing documentary.
Former Viewpoints writers Amy Carillo and Christina Beardsley won honorable mentions for investigative stories.
Former Viewpoints editor-in-chief Lark Winner won an honorable mention for column writing.
Viewpoints editor-in-chief Tim Guy won an editor honor roll award.
Viewpoints managing editor Mike Lewis won honorable mentions for a sports action photo of skateboarder Rhio Greigo and for an on-the-spot feature photo.
Viewpoints features editor Janelle Burmaster won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot feature photo.
Viewpoints graphic artist Jason Haniuk, a North High graduate, won an honorable mention for an editorial cartoon about enrollment fee increases.
The Viewpoints student staff won an honorable mention for front page designs of the Sept. 25, Oct. 23 and April 8 issues.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints selected as one of the best newspapers in the nation

Sept. 15, 2004
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has been selected as one of the best community college newspapers in the nation.
The Associated Collegiate Press made the announcement today when it released the results of its national Pacemaker Finalist Award competition. Ten community college newspapers received the Pacemaker Finalist Award this year for issues published during the fall 2003-spring 2004 academic year.
The Pacemaker Award is the highest national award a student newspaper can receive for one year of work.
Journalists from professional newspapers select collegiate Pacemaker Finalists based on coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics.
Viewpoints entered complete newspapers from the fall 2003 and spring 2004 semesters, including its 44-page Sept. 25 issue. It included the front-page stories "Elevator permits expired" and "Hearing postponed in former RCC dean criminal case."
The Pacemaker Finalist Award is the third high honor earned by Viewpoints this year.
In May, Viewpoints won second place in the Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence competition.
In March, Viewpoints received the Associated Collegiate Press College Newspaper of the Year award, second place in the nation for community colleges.
"The students’ commitment to making a difference through public service resulted in an award-winning newspaper," said Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints' faculty adviser. "I am so happy that their hard work and dedication were recognized.”
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints students win 10 Society of Professional Journalists awards

May 22, 2004
Viewpoints students won 10 awards today in the Society of
Professional Journalists Excellence in Student Journalism contest.
The awards ceremony recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers from RCC, California Baptist University, the University of La Verne and Victor Valley College.
Viewpoints received second place in the Best Newspaper contest for the first two fall semester issues of the newspaper.
"Viewpoints students doubled their total for Society of
Professional Journalists awards this year," said Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace. “It has been a storybook year with so many regional, state and national awards from various prestigious organizations.”
Viewpoints graphic artist Jason Haniuk won one of two sweepstakes awards for getting the most award points among all of the students. He also won first, second and third place awards for page designs.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Lark Winner won first and third place honors for Oct. 23 front-page photos of RCC students protesting against the war in Iraq.
Former Viewpoints writer Mary Shelton won first place for "TGI Firings," an editorial about the college's firing of several instructors, including Chip Stearns, who was recently rehired after a lengthy and costly legal battle.
Viewpoints photographer Angela Schleuniger won first place for a sports photo.
Former Viewpoints photographer Sabrina de los Reyes won third place for a page design.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints students win Los Angeles Times award
May 20, 2004
Viewpoints students won second place today in the Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence competition.
The awards ceremony, at the Los Angeles Times building, recognized student newspapers from the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside.
Times editors, reporters, photographers and designers judged the newspapers for writing, depth and variety of coverage, editing, editorial pages, photography, cartoons, graphics, sports coverage, advertising and design.
Viewpoints entered the Sept. 25 and April 8 issues in the contest.
These issues included the stories “Elevator permits expired” and “Rotella chases top job.”
Cash prizes were awarded for first, second and third places.
Viewpoints received a check for $1,500 to go with its second place award.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Lark Winner said the award is the result of a team effort to improve the newspaper.
"The whole staff put in a lot of work to put out the best quality issues possible, and it's just great to see all of us get rewarded for our efforts," she said.
Viewpoints Adviser Allan Lovelace said he is pleased to see the newspaper improve on the honorable mention it earned in the contest last year.
"Viewpoints students are always striving to serve the public better," he said. “It is especially nice to win awards when getting honors isn’t the students’ goal.”
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

RCC students win 10 JACC newspaper and television awards

April 4, 2004
Students with Riverside Community College’s newspaper and
television newscast won 10 awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ annual convention.
The event, at the Wilshire Grand hotel in Los Angeles from April 1-3, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers and newscasts during the spring and fall 2003 semesters.
Students also competed in on-the-spot contests by covering events in Los Angeles on deadline.
In a new contest, RCC television students received three awards for news stories they produced in the fall semester for their local newscast, Inland Valley News.
Dominic Durden won second place for a story about volunteer firefighters. Bryan Anderson and Tamara Fosdick won honorable mentions for a story about blood donors.
Former Viewpoints student Michael Fortier won third place for an investigative news series of six newspaper stories about expired elevator permits that the college eventually replaced.
Former Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief James Seals won third place for front page designs for the Sept. 2, Oct. 23 and Nov. 6 issues.
Viewpoints graphic artist Jason Haniuk won third place for front-page design, fourth place for advertising design and an honorable mention for advertising design.
Viewpoints Managing Editor Anthony Guillen won an honorable mention for on-the-spot headline writing.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Lark Winner was named to the Editor Honor Roll for her work this semester.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints named national College Newspaper of the Year

March 7, 2004
Riverside Community College's student newspaper, Viewpoints, was honored in Las Vegas today as the second-place Associated Collegiate Press national College Newspaper of the Year.
The award was for a single, complete newspaper published in 2003.
Viewpoints entered its Sept. 23 issue, a record 44-page newspaper edited by James Seals in his second year with the newspaper. Its front page included stories about a criminal investigation of an RCC administrator and expired permits in the college’s elevators.
Seals credited high standards and the dedication of Viewpoints students for the award.
"I have had the good fortune to work with a crew of highly skilled and dedicated individuals who were all up to par with the high demands and standards I set and as a result we have achieved this high honor together,” Seals said. “However, I cannot stress enough that at the time our motivations were not on winning awards when we
set out to publish the best newspaper this college has ever seen.”
Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace said the professional journalists and editors who judged all of the newspaper entries in the contest recognized Viewpoints students with the award in part because of their high level of commitment to public service.
“Viewpoints always serves the public by tackling difficult stories and providing leadership as the students’ voice at RCC,” Lovelace said. “This particular issue of the newspaper, however, set a new standard for depth and breadth of coverage that was truly
impressive.”
More than 700 students attended the Associated Collegiate Press convention from 125 colleges across the U.S. and Canada. This is the first time Viewpoints entered the annual contest.
Associated Collegiate Press, founded in 1921, is the largest college media organization in North America.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints named best community college newspaper in Southern California

Oct. 18, 2003
Riverside Community College’s student newspaper, Viewpoints, won the Best of Show Award today at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ Southern California conference.
The conference, at CSU Fullerton Oct. 17-18, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2002 and spring 2003 semesters. Students also competed in
on-the-spot contests by covering events at the university during the conference.
In a new contest, Viewpoints received the Best of Show Award for the Sept. 2 and Sept. 25 issues from this semester. The award is given to the best community college newspaper in Southern California and Arizona in the categories of writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief James Seals won second place for front page designs for the Oct. 24, 2002, March 13 and May 15 issues.
Viewpoints graphic artist Jason Haniuk won second place for front-page design and honorable mentions for an informational graphic, a line illustration and an inside page design published in Viewpoints. He also won an honorable mention for an editorial cartoon about Los Angeles Times photographer Don Bartletti, who won the Pulitzer Prize this year for his “Enrique’s Journey”
photographs.
Viewpoints copy editor Rene Colquette won an honorable mention for three Viewpoints opinion columns.
Staff writer Anthony Guillen won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story about a CSU Fullerton soccer game.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints student wins national Story of the Year Award
Sept. 16, 2003
A Riverside Community College student won an award today in the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year national contest for an editorial published in the college’s newspaper.
Viewpoints writer Mary Shelton, competing against students from universities and community colleges across the nation, won third place for "TGI Firings," a March 13 editorial about the firings of instructors Chip Stearns and Suzanne Davis. Stearns has claimed he was fired in retaliation for publishing a local teachers union newsletter article that stated RCC's administration violated state law by spending more than half of the college's budget on administration.
Shelton credited RCC's Journalism program at its Riverside Campus for nurturing her journalism skills.
"I am honored to have won an award in this competition, especially against students at such esteemed universities," she said. "I think that it reflects highly on the Journalism program at RCC that students like myself can develop and practice skills like editorial writing and receive the support we need to do the best work we can and can be recognized for it."
Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace said that he expected Shelton had a good shot to win the ACP national award, noting her many other recent awards. Shelton also won first and second place for editorial writing from the Society of Professional Journalists, Inland Empire chapter, earlier this year and first place for editorial writing from the Journalism Association of Community
Colleges the last two years.
“Mary is one of the best student opinion writers in the United States,” Lovelace said. “She has strong writing ability and newsgathering skills, the highest ethical standards and a fearless commitment to holding the powerful accountable. That’s a combination that will carry her far in journalism.”
Shelton first joined the Viewpoints staff as an opinion columnist in 1999 and later served as the newspaper’s opinions editor. She also is a writer with the Black Voice News.
Shelton is the second Viewpoints student to win an ACP Story of the Year national award. Kevin Pearson won first place for a sport story in 2000.
The Associated Collegiate Press is a leading national journalism organization with several thousand students from the United States competing in its annual contests. Professional journalists and editors judge all entries in the organization’s contests.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.


Viewpoints students win Los Angeles Times award

May 22, 2003
Viewpoints students won an honorable mention May 21 in the Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence competition.
The awards ceremony, at the Los Angeles Times building, recognized student newspapers from the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, San Bernardino and Riverside.
Newspapers from 27 colleges and universities competed. Four university newspapers and four community college newspapers, including Viewpoints, won the Overall Excellence Award.
Viewpoints entered the Oct. 10, Oct. 24 and March 13 issues in the contest.
Times editors, reporters and designers judged the newspapers for writing, depth and variety of coverage, editing, editorial pages, photography, cartoons, graphics, sports coverage, advertising and design.
Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief James Seals said he is pleased that the Los Angeles Times rewarded the newspaper staff's commitment to public service.
"Our motivation here at Viewpoints is not to win awards," he said. "As dedicated journalists we're here to serve the people and their interests. The award is recognition of that service."
Viewpoints Adviser Allan Lovelace said he is thrilled that professional journalists have recognized Viewpoints students with several awards in recent weeks.
"Viewpoints students have won six awards from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, five awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, and now this prestigious award from the Los Angeles Times," he said. "The students' hard work and dedication are being rewarded."
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints students win Society of Professional Journalists awards

May 12, 2003
Viewpoints students won five awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Excellence in Student Journalism contest.
The awards ceremony, in Ontario on May 10, recognized stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers from RCC, UC Riverside, California Baptist University, the University of La Verne and Victor Valley College.
After the student portion of the ceremony, editors, reporters and photographers from The Press-Enterprise, the Sun and several other newspapers in the Inland Empire received SPJ awards for their work.
"It was a thrill to attend the ceremony and see RCC's newspaper represented so well before an audience of dozens of professional journalists and editors," said Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace.
"This was the first time Viewpoints students entered this contest, yet they won top honors while competing with university students."
Viewpoints writer Mary Shelton won first place for "Some Coals for RCC," a Dec. 5 editorial about the college's budget. She also won second place for "Lurking behind the curtain," an Oct. 24 editorial about four former RCC administrators.
Former Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Derek Rich won first place for "Add card madness," a March 14, 2002 news story about problems caused by changes to the form used to add classes. Rich also won first place for "Nobody does it better," a Dec. 5 two-page spread about the 20th James Bond movie, "Die another day."
Former Viewpoints Photo Editor Al Cuizon won first place for a sports photo of RCC swimmer Travis Simpson competing in the 50- meter butterfly.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints students win JACC awards

April 4, 2003
Viewpoints students received six awards April 4 at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention in Sacramento.
The convention featured workshops by professional journalists, on-the-spot contests for the more than 500 students who attended and an awards ceremony to recognize winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers from colleges throughout California.
Former Viewpoints photo editor Al Cuizon won first place for a sports news photo of an RCC swimmer. Cuizon also won fourth place for a photo essay of the RCC men's
baseball team's state championship game. He also won two honorable mentions for sports feature photos.
Former Editor-in-Chief Dennis Pope won fourth place for a photo essay.
Graphic Designer Jason Haniuk won an honorable mention for a line illustration.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins JACC General Excellence Award

Oct. 19, 2002
Student journalists with Riverside Community College's newspaper, Viewpoints, received 14 awards including General Excellence today at the Journalism Association of Community College's Southern California conference.
The conference, at CSU Fullerton Oct. 18-19, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2001 and spring 2002 semesters.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the March 14, March 28, April 18, May 2 and May 31 issues. The award is given to newspapers that excel in writing, editing, content, leadership, photography, design and advertising.
Viewpoints writer Mary Shelton won first place for an editorial about the firing of tenured professor Chip Stearns and second place for an editorial about fungus and mold in the A. G. Paul Quadrangle.
Isaac Fabela won first place for an opinion story about a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw flag burning.
Al Cuizon won third place awards for news and sports photos.
Inscape editor Derek Rich won fourth place for an opinion story about the entertainment media's response to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He also won an honorable mention for a critical review and another for a line illustration.
Dennis Pope won an honorable mention for a sports feature story and another for inside page design.
Alexis Zibolis won an honorable mention for a depth news story about a blood drive at RCC.
News editor Lenore Ankenman won an honorable mention for a news story written on deadline at the convention.
Former journalism assistant Kevin Pearson won an honorable mention for a sports feature photo of Tigers quarterback Ronnie Hill.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins JACC General Excellence Award

April 8, 2002
Students with Riverside Community College's campus newspaper, Viewpoints, received the General Excellence Award at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention in Sacramento.
The convention, held April 4-6, featured workshops by professional journalists, on-the-spot contests for the more than 500 students who attended and an awards ceremony to recognize winning stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers from 65 colleges
in California and Arizona.
The Viewpoints staff received the General Excellence Award for the Oct. 11, Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Nov. 21 and Dec. 6 issues of the newspaper. The award is given to newspapers that excel in writing, editing, leadership, content, design, art and photography.
Editor in Chief Derek Rich won first place for a Viewpoints critical review of last year’s U2 concert at the Staples Center. He also won fourth place for front-page design.
Arts and entertainment editor Mike Egelin won second place for an on-the-spot critical review of a documentary.
Former Moreno Valley Bureau Chief Melissa Eiselein won fourth place for a May 31 feature story about RCC student Troy Thomas and his struggles with sickle cell anemia.
Associate Editor Dennis Pope won fourth place for front-page designs of the April 19, Sept. 27 and Dec. 6 issues.
Advertising Manager Guyland Thomas won fourth place for an on-the- spot feature photo.
Staff writer Aaron Proctor won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot sports story.
Al Cuizon won an honorable mention for a Dec. 6 Viewpoints news photo of RCC students protesting against U.S. military action in Afghanistan.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins All-American Award

Feb. 15, 2002
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has received the All-American Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for the fall 2000-spring 2001 academic year.
Viewpoints received marks of distinction in leadership; coverage and content; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics.
The award is the fifth consecutive All-American in as many years for Viewpoints.
An Associated Collegiate Press contest judge praised Viewpoints students' efforts.
"This is a very good-looking newspaper,” said John F. Schmitt.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins JACC General Excellence

Oct. 20, 2001
Student journalists with Riverside Community College's newspaper, Viewpoints, received 12 awards including General Excellence today at the Journalism Association of Community College's Southern California conference.
The conference, at CSU Fullerton Oct. 19-20, featured workshops by professional journalists and an awards ceremony for winning entries from stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers during the fall 2000 and spring 2001 semesters.
Viewpoints received the General Excellence Award for the March 15, March 29, April 19, May 3 and May 17 issues.
Viewpoints Opinions Editor Mary Shelton won first place for an Oct. 26, 2000 editorial about vermin and mold in RCC's A.G. Paul Quadrangle and an honorable mention for another editorial about administrative censorship at East LA Valley College.
Editor-in-Chief Dennis Pope won third place for his design of the March 29 sports back page and an honorable mention for an editorial about the Student Senate's decision to provide funding to the Newtonian Society, which included three student government members.
Former journalism assistant Kevin Pearson won third place for an inside page design and an honorable mention for a March 15 sports news story about the women's basketball team.
Former Moreno Valley Bureau Chief Melissa Eiselein won third place for a feature story about Moreno Valley Campus chef Gus Saxon.
Former Viewpoints writer Paul Laustsen won third place for a feature photo of AmeriCorps volunteer mentor Carl Hudson Jr.
Advertising manager Guyland Thomas won third place for an inside page design.
The Viewpoints staff won fourth place for front-page designs of the April 19, May 3 and May 17 issues.
Former Sports Editor Chris Miller won an honorable mention for columns about professional hockey, college football and sports writer Jim Murray.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins All-American Award

Feb. 13, 2001
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has received the All-American Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for the fall 1999-spring 2000 academic year.
Viewpoints received all five marks of distinction in leadership; coverage and content; writing and editing; layout and design; and photography, art and graphics.
"It shows that the students on the Viewpoints staff have a strong commitment to journalism and producing top-quality work," said Kevin Pearson, Viewpoints' managing editor during the fall 1999-spring 2000 academic year and its current journalism assistant.
“Our only hope is that we can continue producing such a high-quality publication that people want to read.”
Viewpoints adviser Allan Lovelace said he is pleased that winning major national awards has become a habit for his students.
"This All-American award, our fourth in as many years, follows Kevin Pearson’s national Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year Award in competition with university students in November," Lovelace said. “Our students are amazing and deserve every award they win.”
An Associated Collegiate Press contest judge also praised Viewpoints students' efforts.
"You give your readers a satisfying paper,” the judge said.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints student wins national Story of the Year Award

Nov. 10, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Riverside Community College student Kevin Pearson was honored today as the first place winner in the Associated Collegiate Press Story of the Year contest.
Two weeks ago, Pearson was informed that he was a third, second or first place winner in the category for a sports feature story published in Viewpoints on Feb. 16 about the women’s basketball team at RCC. He then attended the journalism convention with Viewpoints faculty adviser Allan Lovelace where he received a plaque for first place.
Upon announcement of his first place win today, Pearson said that he was surprised.
“I never thought in a million years I could win this award,” he said. “When I found out I was a finalist, I was shocked. When I found out I was first, I was amazed.”
Pearson said he especially appreciates the award because of the competition. He competed against students from universities and community colleges across the nation. Winners of Second, Third and honorable mention in the same category were students from Indiana University, Syracuse University and the University of Iowa.
“To be a junior college student and win an award in a contest that includes four-year writers, that says something.”
Lovelace said he is not surprised that Pearson won.
“Kevin is among the best student journalists in the United States, and he deserves the award and the many others he has won recently,” Lovelace said. “What amazes me is that Viewpoints students win even more prestigious awards every year, surpassing already impressive honors each time they enter a state or national contest.”
Pearson first joined the Viewpoints staff as a sports writer in 1997 and later served as the newspaper’s sports editor. He is Viewpoints’ journalism assistant and works part time with The Press-Enterprise.
He is the winner of numerous Journalism Association of Community Colleges awards. For the last two years, Pearson was named Journalist of the Year for RCC’s Journalism Program.
The Associated Collegiate Press is a leading national journalism organization with several thousand students from the United States and Europe attending and competing in its annual convention. Professional journalists and editors judge all entries in the
organization’s contests, with the Los Angeles Times judging the Story of the Year entries this year.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Inland Valley News wins national best newscast award

Nov. 11, 2000
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Riverside Community College's weekly television newscast, Inland Valley News, was honored today with Third Place in the Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show contest.
The winning newscast was produced by students enrolled in a Telecommunications class taught by Bud Tedesco and Allan Lovelace at the college. The newscast's student producer is Rebecca Rowe.
Riverside Community College was the only community college to win in the broadcast category.
The Associated Collegiate Press is a leading national journalism organization with several thousand students from the United States and Europe attending and competing in its annual convention. Professional journalists and editors judge all entries in the organization's contests.
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.



Viewpoints wins JACC General Excellence Award

Oct. 1, 2000
Riverside Community College's student newspaper, Viewpoints, received the General Excellence Award at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Southern California conference held Sept. 29-30.
The convention, at California State University in Fullerton, featured workshops by professional journalists and live, or "on-the-spot," contests for students from community colleges in Southern California. The event also included an awards ceremony for winning on-the-spot and newspaper stories, photos and designs
published during the fall 1999 and spring 2000 semesters.
Viewpoints students won 23 awards in the newspaper and on-the-spot contests, including the General Excellence Award for the Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Nov. 18, Dec. 2 and Feb. 16 issues.
Viewpoints journalism assistant and former Sports Editor Kevin Pearson won first place for a Viewpoints sports story about RCC’s athletics budget, second place for an on-the-spot sports story about a karate event and honorable mentions for informational graphics about the athletics budget and a special pull-out section about baseball playoffs.
Former Viewpoints photographer David Shea won first place for an informational graphic, third place and an honorable mention for sports news photos and an honorable mention for a feature photo.
Former Viewpoints Editor-in-Chief Lonnie Childress won first place for an informational graphic about the college’s budget.
Photo Editor Guyland Thomas won fourth place for an on-the-spot feature photo and honorable mentions for on-the-spot news and sports photos.
Opinions Editor Mary Shelton won an honorable mention for opinion columns about the television program “Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire” and the decision by many Riverside police to shave their heads to express their opposition to the firing of four officers after the Tyisha Miller shooting.
Former Viewpoints writer Kimberly Smith won an honorable mention for a depth news story about emergency contraception.
Former Viewpoints writer Dominee Herrera won an honorable mention for a depth news story about disabled student access to buildings at RCC.
Editor-in-Chief Dennis Pope won honorable mentions for an
informational graphic and an on-the-spot editorial about diversity in journalism.
Former Viewpoints cartoonist Ryan Noble won an honorable mention for a cartoon.
Former Viewpoints journalism assistant and Editor-in-Chief Doug Seino won an honorable mention for an inside page design.
Viewpoints Moreno Valley Bureau Chief Melissa Eiselein won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot feature story.
The Viewpoints staff won an honorable mention for the Oct. 21, Nov. 4 and April 6 issues’ front pages.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints wins JACC General Excellence Award

April 16, 2000
Riverside Community College's student newspaper, Viewpoints, received the General Excellence Award at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention held April 14-15.
The convention, at California State University in Fresno, featured workshops by professional journalists and live, or "on-the-spot," contests for 560 students from 64 California and Arizona community colleges. The event also included an awards ceremony for winning
entries from on-the-spot contests and stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers.
Viewpoints students won 15 awards in the newspaper and on-the-spot contests.
Viewpoints Copy Editor Kimberly Smith won first place for an Oct. 7 news story about roaches in the Applied Technology Building's classrooms, vending machines and bathrooms. She also won first place for on-the-spot headlines and third place for an on-the-spot critical review.
Sports Editor Kevin Pearson won first place for a Viewpoints sports news story about RCC's athletics budget. He also won honorable mentions for a sports feature story and an on-the-spot feature story.
Photographer Guyland Thomas won second-place awards for on-the-spot news and sports photos.
Former Viewpoints photographer David Shea won second place for a sports news photo and an honorable mention for a front-page design.
Editor-in-Chief Lonnie Childress won fourth place for a Sept. 1 inside-page design about the pop music industry and an honorable mention for a front-page design.
Former Editor-in-Chief Doug Seino won an honorable mention for a front-page design.
The Viewpoints staff won an honorable mention for headlines published on Sept. 23 and Dec. 2.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints wins All-American Award
Feb. 1, 2000
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has received the All-American Award from the Associated Collegiate Press for the fall 1998-spring 1999 academic year.
Viewpoints received marks of distinction in coverage and content, writing and editing, layout and design, and leadership.
"Winning this award is the reflection of my and the staff's focus on not only the basic fundamentals, but also on adding creativity and artistic design," said Doug Seino, Viewpoints' editor-in-chief during the 1998-99 academic year.
During the fall 1999 semester, Viewpoints students also won 25 awards - the highest total in eight years - from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.
"The students' hard work, talent and commitment to public service were recognized with the many awards they received this year," said Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints' faculty adviser.
An Associated Collegiate Press contest judge praised Viewpoints students' efforts.
"An excellent sense of your responsibilities to lead your readership," the judge said. "Simply an outstanding paper."
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.
Viewpoints students win 25 JACC awards
Oct. 2, 1999
Students with Riverside Community College's student newspaper, Viewpoints, received 25 awards today at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual Southern California conference.
Students from community colleges in Southern California attended workshops given by professional journalists and competed in live, or "on-the-spot," contests at the conference held at California
State University, Fullerton. The event included an awards ceremony for both the on-the-spot events and stories, photos and designs published in student newspapers.
Former Moreno Valley Bureau Chief Jackie Kanian won first place for a Nov. 19 feature story about math instructor Kathy Saxon's efforts to rebuild her life after losing her house in a fire.
Former artist Liston Morris won first place for an editorial cartoon, first place for an ad and fourth place for a photo illustration.
Former Viewpoints Advertising Design Editor Paula Felter also won first place for a Feb. 25 Viewpoints ad.
Former Norco Bureau Chief Michael Sullivan won second place for a feature story on a woman who was smuggled across the California border and now has a 4.0 GPA as a legal state resident.
Former Editor-in-Chief Doug Seino won third place for front-page design, fourth place for a photo illustration and honorable mentions for an April 1 opinion story about discrimination against Asian Americans in Hollywood films and three columns about the Tyisha Miller shooting. He also won an honorable mention for an on-the-spot news story written on deadline during the conference.
Former Photo Editor David Shea won third place for front-page design, fourth place for an inside page design, fourth place for a photo illustration about the Tyisha Miller shooting and an honorable mention for a news photo of Stacy D'Arc reading a postcard written by her late father, John D'Arc, a director of plays at RCC.
Photo Editor Karon Horta won third place for a feature photo taken during the conference.
Former artist Tremayne Hodges won third place for a line
illustration accompanying an article on parental screening of the Internet to protect children.
Former Arts and Entertainment Editor Dan Alegria and Assistant A& E Editor Chrystal Lehman each won fourth place for a May 13 inside page design about a dance performance in Landis Auditorium.
Editor-in-Chief Lonnie Childress won an honorable mention for a May 13 Viewpoints news story about a march attended by Martin Luther King III to protest the shooting of Tyisha Miller.
Sports Editor Kevin Pearson won an honorable mention for a May 13 inside page design about "Star Wars" existing in a parallel universe.
Matthew Calkins won an honorable mention for a news photo of Danny Bakewell of the Brotherhood Crusade being led away by police during a protest about the Tyisha Miller shooting.
Former Viewpoints photographer Romeo Inigo won an honorable mention for an April 15 sports news photo.
Former Viewpoints photographer Adam Wright won an honorable mention for a sports feature photo of the RCC Tigers football team's offensive line.
The Viewpoints staff won an honorable mention for headlines appearing in the May 13 and April 15 issues of Viewpoints.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints students win 11 state awards

April 9, 1999
Riverside Community College's Internet student newspaper,
Viewpoints Online, received the General Excellence Award today at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges annual convention.
Nearly 600 students from community colleges throughout California attended workshops given by professional journalists and competed in live, or "on-the-spot," contests at the convention, held April 9-10 at California State University, Fresno. The event included award ceremonies for the on-the-spot and newspaper writing, design and photography contests.
Viewpoints students won a total of 10 additional awards.
Doug Seino, Viewpoints’ Editor-in-Chief, won first place for an on-the-spot news story about a staged drug arrest at the convention.
Seino also shared an honorable mention with former Editor-in-Chief Isaiah Akin and City Editor Mario Gomez for front-page designs of the March 12, 1998, May 14 and Oct. 22 issues of Viewpoints.
Akin also won second place for a news story about privatization of the Bookstore. Akin also won fourth place for three depth news stories about the death of RCC student Salancie Irene Lujan and the vehicular manslaughter charges filed against RCC student Jose Maria Ayala Jr. Akin also won an honorable mention for an inside page design that included opinion stories about college mascots and the freedom to choose whether to smoke.
Viewpoints photographer Adam Wright won fourth place for a sports feature photo that was taken from behind a face mask to show what opposing teams see when facing the RCC football team’s 300-pound offensive linemen.
The Viewpoints staff won fourth place for headlines.
Former Opinions Editor James Aceron won an honorable mention for an opinion column about the emerging problem of wives battering their husbands.
Invaluable lessons are imparted to the students at the conventions each year. For example, Seino recounted how in one workshop, freelance investigative journalist Don Ray, well-known for his animated, lively lectures, described ways to get information for stories from less obvious sources.
Ray said in the workshop that he once sent a student intern to report about illegal smuggling of exotic birds into the U.S. After a few hours, the intern became frustrated and said none of the pet store owners in town would talk about the problem. So when Ray saw a custodian sweeping the floor next to the newsroom, he asked if the man knew anything about the smuggling. The custodian said he lived with a smuggler of exotic birds.
“He’s always an interesting, humorous individual,” Seino said of Ray, whose workshops on interviewing and news gathering are well-attended each semester.
Information about Viewpoints, Viewpoints Online and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.

Viewpoints selected as one of the best newspapers in the nation

Sept. 23, 1998
Viewpoints, Riverside Community College's student newspaper, has been selected as one of the 10 best community college newspapers in the nation.
The Associated Collegiate Press made the announcement today when it released the results of its national Pacemaker Finalist Award competition. Ten community college newspapers received the Pacemaker Finalist Award this year.
The Pacemaker Award, considered the Pulitzer Prize of collegiate journalism, is the highest national award a student newspaper can receive for one year of work.
"The fact that we've been selected as a Pacemaker Finalist Award recipient just goes to show that we overcame a lot of obstacles in putting together the newspaper and produced a winner," said Doug Seino, Viewpoints' returning editor-in-chief from the spring semester.
The Pacemaker Finalist Award is the fourth high honor earned by Viewpoints this year.
In July, Viewpoints received the Associated Collegiate Press All-American Award with all five marks of distinction and 4,073 of the possible 4,150 points.
In 1998, the newspaper received the Pacesetter Award, the highest honor given to community college newspapers in California, from the Journalism Association of Community Colleges.
Also during the spring 1998 semester, Viewpoints' former photo editor, Doug Benc, received the College Photographer of the Year Award, second place in the nation.
"The students earned all these awards this year," said Allan Lovelace, Viewpoints' faculty adviser. "I am thrilled that working professional journalists recognized our newspaper students at Riverside Community College as being among the best in the nation."
Information about Viewpoints and RCC's Journalism program is available at 951-222-8487.