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SMC Corsair wins 12 Awards

The Santa Monica College (SMC) student newspaper The Corsair won 12 awards – including five first-place awards – in two student journalism competitions recognizing the best of student journalism from 2015.

Corsair Editor-in-Chief Nik Lucaj and Corsair News Editor Adam Thomas are finalists in the Regional 11 Mark of Excellence awards sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists in the multimedia storytelling category. Final results will be announced at the Region 11 spring conference at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, AZ on April 30.

The Corsair also won 11 awards in a California competition sponsored by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC).

The Corsair earned five first-place awards at the JACC conference, including Ramses Lemus for Feature Photo, Alci Rengifo for News Story, Amanda Looma for Online Photo Story, Dotan Saguy for Photo Story-Essay, and Ronja Jansz for Profile Feature Story.

The Corsair awards were part of JACC's publications contest, which represent the best of student journalism from California's community colleges published during the last academic year. The awards were announced at the organization's state convention held from March 17-20 in Burbank, CA.

Saul Rubin is the Corsair advisor and instructor of the journalism class that produces the print and online editions of the Corsair, and instructor Gerard Burkhart is the photo adviser.

A complete list of SMC awards at the 2016 JACC State Conference follows:

First place, Online Photo Story: Amanda Looma

First Place, Online Photo Story Essay: Dotan Saguy

First Place, News Story: Alci Rengifo

First Place, Feature Photo: Ramses Lemus

First Place, Profile Feature Story: Ronja Jansz

Second Place, Inside Page Layout: William Miguel

Second Place, Sports Action Photo: Jose Lopez

Fourth Place, Online Photo Story/Essay: Ramses Lemus and Adam Thomas

Fourth Place, Sports Action Photo: Daniel Boyer

Honorable Mention, Enterprise News Story: Corsair Staff

Honorable Mention, Sports Game Story: James Powel

The Corsair staff produces a weekly newspaper in the spring and fall semesters and also maintains an online news site,


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