Journalism and Mass Communication

Journalism and Mass Communication

Competitions and Awards

De Anza journalism students participate in two competitions each year, hosted by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC).

Read about current and past winners from these annual events:

  • Northern California JACC conference in fall
  • Statewide JACC convention in spring

La Voz News won awards in reporting, photography, design, layout, copy editing, opinion writing and online presentation at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges state convention in Sacramento March 30-April 1.

Students received the following awards:

  • First place: Adrian Discipulo for designing an ad for the De Anza Library’s Banned Books display.
  • General excellence, website: lavozdeanza.com.
  • Meritorious enterprise news reporting: Alena Naiden for a story about a blind De Anza Student.
  • Second place, informational graphic: Laura Shkouratoff for a graphic about Valentine’s Day.
  • Second place, sports photo: Nick Girard for a live contest of roller derby photos.
  • Third place, sports photo: Terry Pon, also for roller derby photos.
  • Honorable mentions to Naiden and Discipulo for page layout; Matthew Fernandez for sports action photo (soccer); Fernandez for a photo essay about De Anza’s soccer team; Paul Ledesma for a profile of a De Anza dancer; Yane Ahn for copy editing and La Voz staff for an editorial advocating due process following the 2016 DASB Senate elections.

La Voz News design editor Adrian Discipulo won four awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Northern California conference in Pittsburg, California Oct. 15. The awards – for graphics and photography, honored his 2015-16 work on a photo essay about Donald Trump protests in downtown San Jose, an infographic about the drought and an ad for De Anza Library’s Banned Book display.

Former reporter and graphic designer Laura Shkouratoff won first place for a graphic about Valentine’s Day.

La Voz staff won first place for an editorial about efforts to impose a social media policy that would contravene students’ First Amendment rights, and honorable mention for an editorial about student senate elections.

Two enterprise news pieces won meritorious awards for Alena Naiden, former features editor and Kassandra Amper, former reporter. Naiden’s story described the challenges faced by a disabled student who said De Anza did not accommodated her needs, and Amper interviewed a woman who was sexually assaulted at De Anza, who explained why she did not report it.

Former reporter Paul Ledesma won honorable mention for a profile of a Persian dancer whose dancing broke religious rules.

Six current La Voz staffers and editors attended the conference, which included journalism students from about 40 Northern California colleges.

De Anza College journalism students received several awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges 2014 Northern California conference in Sacramento on Nov. 8. About 20 college journalism programs competed.

Former La Voz sports editor Rajvir Kaur won a second-place award in the “Sports Game Story” category for a February 2014 story about a De Anza Dons men’s basketball game in which a 51-year-old former crack addict got two minutes of playing time. Kirk Lee had completed rehab from a 30-year habit only two years before, and had set playing on a college basketball team as a sustaining goal.

La Voz photographer Adrian Discipulo won two second-place awards for news and feature photos, both published during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Editor-in-chief Jay Serrano won third place in a copy editing contest held during the convention.

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Pictured: Catherine Swords, 18, undecided major, speaks with students about sexual violence at the Take Back the Night event at De Anza College on June 3, 2014 (Adrian Discipulo/LaVoz)

Former La Voz editor Michael Mannina received first place in copy editing, while current editor in chief Nathan Mitchell won third in the same category. - See more at: http://lavozdeanza.com/news/2013/10/04/la-voz-awards-at-jacc/#sthash.AdUbdNBw.dpuf

Former La Voz editor Michael Mannina received first place in copy editing, while current editor-in-chief Nathan Mitchell won third place in the same category.  De Anza journalism students from previous quarters also received awards in various categories, including cartoon, illustration, news photo and sports action photo.

De Anza journalism students from previous quarters also received awards in categories such as editorial cartoons, illustration, news photo and sports action photos. - See more at: http://lavozdeanza.com/news/2013/10/04/la-voz-awards-at-jacc/#sthash.AdUbdNBw.dpuf

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Former La Voz editor Michael Mannina received first place in copy editing, while current editor in chief Nathan Mitchell won third in the same category.

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- See more at: http://lavozdeanza.com/news/2013/10/04/la-voz-awards-at-jacc/#sthash.AdUbdNBw.dpuf

De Anza journalism students received a number of awards at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges 2013 convention in Sacramento on April 11-13.

  • Nathan Mitchell, news editor, won the Dr. Tom Pasqua Memorial Award and a cash prize for his essay about teaching news literacy in today’s digital age.
  • Wen Lee, former reporter, won second place in feature writing for his story “Zombies Attack De Anza: Arm Yourself! Prepare for Z-Day on Campus,” a serious look at classes students can take to improve preparedness.
  • Sara Gobets, former editor, won third place in feature writing for her story about Carl Clark, an African American World War II hero who finally received a Marine Medal of Commendation in 2012.
  • Gobets and Andrew Puckett, former editor, won second place in tabloid layout for a spread about the 2012 March in March.
  • Nareen Bagdasarian won fourth place for an editorial cartoon supporting Big Bird and PBS.
  • Michale Mannina, former editor, won first place in broadcast news writing and fourth place in copyediting at live contests during the convention.

The De Anza student newspaper won numerous awards in September. Competing against students from 24 other community colleges, De Anza students brought won the following awards:

  • First place: Martin Towar for column writing
  • Second place: Michael Mannina for copy editing
  • Third place: Alicia Rivera for column writing
  • Honorable mentions: Bryce Druzin for opinion piece; Sara Gobets for page layout, news photo and feature story; Andrew Puckett for page layout; Christopher Wu for sports action photo

The student newspaper picked up seven awards at the JACC convention held March 22-24 in Burbank. Nine journalism students and their adviser, Cecilia Deck, attended the conference. Winners include:

  • Bryce Druzin, first place for on-the-spot broadcast news writing, third place for copyediting
  • Sara Gobets, second place for feature photo
  • Michael Mannina, honorable mention for copyediting
  • Leila Forouhi, honorable mention for sport writing
  • Israel Gutierrez and Druzin, first place for front page layout
  • Galen Oback, third and honorable mention for editorial cartoons

Journalism students received three awards at the JACC Northern California conference in Sacramento on Nov. 12, competing with 220 students from 20 other colleges.

The live contest awards included:

  • Copy Editing – 2nd place, Michael Mannina
  • News Story – 3rd place, Bruce Druzin
  • News Story – Honorable Mention, Leila Forouhi

Judged on work from the 2010-2011 academic year, De Anza won in the following categories:

  • Online Newspaper – General Excellence
  • Front Page Layout – 1st place, Israel Gutierrez and Michael Mannina
  • Illustration – 2nd place and Honorable Mention, Galen Oback
De Anza journalism students brought home eight awards from the JACC competition, including General Excellence for La Voz Weekly. De Anza competed against approximately 50 community colleges.
  • General Excellence Newspaper – La Voz Weekly
  • Enterprise Story/Series – Refugio Garcia, Kelsey Lester-Perry, Armando Luna, Aliyah Mohammed and Laura Wenus
  • News Photo – 4th place, Justin Taylor
  • Web/Broadcast News – Honorable Mention La Voz Weekly Staff
  • Editorial Writing – Honorable Mention La Voz Weekly Editorial Board
  • News Judgment/Layout Broadsheet – 1st place, Israel Gutierrez
  • Copy Editing – 3rd place, Michael Mannina
  • Feature Story – 4th place, William Ferguson

17 delegates (students and staff) from attended the JACC NCal conference at San Jose State University. De Anza students brought home seven awards.

  • Online Journalism General Excellence – La Voz staff
  • 1st place Editorial Cartoon – Brandon Selph
  • 3rd place Illustration – Justin Taylor
  • 3rd place Bring-in Advertisement – Cy Hodgkins
  • Honorable Mention Editorial Cartoon – Ryan Brusuelias
  • Honorable Mention Writing – La Voz staff
  • Honorable Mention On-the-spot News Story – Nadia Banchik



Journalism and Mass Communication Building: L-41
Contact: Cecilia Deck
Phone: 408.864.8588
Faculty website: Cecilia Deck
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Last Updated: 7/25/17