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Palomar students win journalism awards

SAN MARCOS — The Telescope, Palomar College’s award-winning student newspaper, earned 13 statewide awards in photography, news writing, sports writing, design, video journalism, critical review and other categories at the annual state convention of the nonprofit Journalism Association of Community Colleges, or JACC.
For the second year in a row, The Telescope received a state General Excellence Award for its campus newspaper, which is published 22 times per year. The Telescope staff also received first place for design, beating out about 50 other community colleges across the state.
Thirteen student members of The Telescope staff traveled to Sacramento in April to compete against 600 community college journalism students in on-the-spot journalism competitions. The staff members were asked to report, photograph and write on deadline against community college journalists across the state.
Three awards resulted from these on-the-spot competitions, including a first-place win in news writing for Editor-in-Chief David Leonard.
“The conference was an amazing opportunity to learn and compete with the best journalism students in the state,” Leonard said. “I was thoroughly impressed by how well my staff performed under pressure, and honored to receive a nod from the judges for my hard work in news writing. We fought for our awards, and I’m proud of everyone’s efforts.”
Photographer Kiigan Snaer won first place in feature photo for a shot of a musician she took at CSU Sacramento. Sports editor Matt Slagle won third place for covering a baseball game despite limited player access and freezing temperatures.
Before The Telescope staff attended the conference, they put together samples of their best articles, photographs and design and sent them in to be judged by media professionals from across the state.
From those entries, the newspaper won nine awards, including General Excellence. The newspaper and former editor, Kelley Foyt, won first place for front-page layout and design. Foyt won another first place for writing a critical review, while former editor Eric Walker won third place in that same category.
Walker also won two honorable mentions for editorial cartoons he created last fall. Meanwhile two current editors received honorable mentions. News editor Mark Saunders earned an award for his profile feature story and Arts and Entertainment Editor Belinda Callin won for her inside page layout.
Callin also received an honorable mention for a video project she completed with staff members Casey Byrne and Daniel Martin.
Former sports writer Christian Fortmueller earned an honorable mention for his sports story as well.
JACC is a nonprofit educational corporation dedicated to community college journalism in California. An elected board of directors, representing both students and faculty from around the state, runs the organization. For more information on JACC, visit
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