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October 29, 2009: Former Canyon Call staffers honored at JACC


Five former staff members of the Canyon Call accomplished a feat last weekend that is worthy of mention in this web site.

The five won a combined total of seven awards at the two-day Journalism Association of Community Colleges 2009 SoCal Conference, held at Cal State Fullerton on Oct. 23 and 24 — and they were honored for accomplishments that occurred at a student newspaper that no longer exists.

The nominations were sent in during the spring 2009 semester under JACC’s mail-in category. Because COC administrators canceled the newspaper prior to the fall 2009 semester and the Journalism program was no longer around to pay its dues to JACC, the college is no longer an active member of the organization. That meant the five students who won awards were not on hand in Fullerton to accept them.

For the record, here are the names of the winners and the categories under which they won:

A J Sellarole, Second Place and Honorable Mention, Feature Photo

Melinda Noack, Honorable Mention, News Feature Story

Shawn Lee, Honorable Mention, News Photo and Photo Story/Essay

Nathalie Seguin, Honorable Mention, Sports Action Photo

Bruce McFarland, Fourth Place, Student-Designed Advertisement

Congratulations to all!

JACC is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to community college journalism located in California. It is run by an elected board of directors who represent both students and faculty from around the state.

Number of days COC has been without a school newspaper: 67