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Journalism students among best in state

March 11, 2009 -- Journalism students took home top honors at the California College Media Association's annual award presentations. The student newspaper, Golden Gate [X]press, was awarded first place for best news page design, and online interactivity and multimedia. [X]press placed second for general excellence and third for overall design. Two student photographers took first place in news and sports photography. Also among the individual awards was a first place finish in cartoon.

CCMA winning sports photo of SF State Gator women's soccer teammates.

Miyoshi Enkoji-Busch took a first place CMMA award in sports photography for this shot of members of the Gator women's soccer team. Photo courtesy of [X]press

SF State also came in second for breaking news online and third for online general excellence and magazine general excellence, for a total of 16 awards. Winners were selected from more than 1,200 entries in 75 categories. San Francisco State University journalism students competed with entries from other university print and online publications.

"Our students work incredibly hard and it's gratifying to see them get the recognition they deserve," said Rachele Kanigel, associate professor of journalism and one of the faculty advisers to the student newspaper. "We're very proud that all three of our publications -- magazine, newspaper and online -- were honored and that they were recognized in so many areas -- photography, design, writing, multimedia, and cartooning." Faculty who also advised the award-winning students were: Professor John Burks, Associate Professor Austin Long-Scott, and Lecturers Jesse Garnier, Scot Tucker and Don Menn.

Judges included professionals from the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Examiner and Fresno Bee, as well as journalism faculty from the University of La Verne and Notre Dame de Namur University. The awards were announced at the annual convention held in San Diego on Feb. 28.

Founded in 2004, the California College Media Association (CCMA) is a statewide organization of four-year higher education media and journalism programs that recognizes student work and fosters collaboration among colleges in California and the West.

The students competed in divisions of online and non-daily print news. The 2008-09 CCMA individual award winners from SF State were:

Tom Guffey, first place news page design
Eric Lawson, first place news photo
Aaron Teixeira, first place editorial cartoon
Miyoshi Enkoji-Busch, first place sports photo
Marie Pauline Guiuan, second place breaking news
John G. Hernandez, second place news photo
Eric Gneckow, second place headline portfolio
Roland Rubio III, third place info graphic
Kimihiro Hoshimo, third place sports photo.

In addition to CCMA awards, SF State journalism students have been previously recognized by the William R. Hearst Journalism Awards, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, San Francisco Bay Area Press Photographers Association and the Society of Professional Journalists.

-- Denize Springer


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