Student paper wins awards at home – Experiment

A total of 12 awards were won by LMC newspaper staff.

The Los Medanos College Experience won a total of 12 awards announced at the annual North Regional Conference of the Community College Journalism Association. The prizes included two first-place, three second-place, and third-place prizes, among others. Experience staff also won General Excellence for the print edition of the newspaper.

The awards were handed out at the end of the October 22 conference which featured Oakland Roots co-founder Edreece Arghandiwal as the keynote speaker. There were also many different activities that attendees could take part in, including workshops, panel discussions and on-site competitions.

The awards ceremony honored the winners of the annual regional publishing competition as well as on-site competitions at the event. The LMC Experience won the publication competition.

Michael Benedian, the paper’s current editor, won first place in the photo essay essay for “A Garden of Creativity” page highlighting ceramic works by art students. It also won second place in interior layout and fourth place in news photo for an image from an Earth Day event.

“It’s gratifying to win something like this. Getting this award just reassures me that I’m doing something right and it’s also a really good bragging tool,” Benedian said.

Perspectives editor Kai Arellano ranked fourth for his editorial cartoon on the pandemic.

“Winning fourth is huge for me. It just means my stuff is being recognized now. From now on, I have a better sense of how people view my editorial cartoons or just my art in general,” Arellano said. .

Sarina Grossi, the paper’s former editor, won three individual awards, including second place in critical review, second place in cover layout, and honorable mention in column writing.

Former staff editor Cara Rieber won first place in column writing for a pair of opinion pieces, one about the Kyle Rittenhouse case and the other about the double standard of the music industry for male and female artists. She also won fourth place for a background photo of LMC students preparing to shoot a video.

Former news editor Joseph Giddings won third place in the sports news photo for an image of the team’s wide receiver practicing.

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