AN MARCOS (October 19, 2012) – Student journalists from The Telescope, Palomar College’s student newspaper and Impact, its student magazine, earned 25 awards in design, writing, photography, copyediting and editorial cartoon at a regional conference put on by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC).

Palomar students spent Oct. 5-6 at Cal State Fullerton competing against around 400 community college journalism students from community colleges in Southern California. The students were asked to report, photograph and write on deadline against the best community college journalists across the region. The students also attended a variety of workshops given by media professionals across the state.

Most notably this year, The Telescope and Impact earned the award of General Excellence. That coveted award distinguishes Palomar’s publications against other regional community college newspapers and magazines.

For the conference competitions, Co-News Editor Ian Hanner won 2nd Place for Broadcast News Writing, while Photographer Peter Ashue won 2nd Place for an election photo he submitted for the conference.

Photo Editor Brian Korec won 2nd Place for Sports Photography. The Telescope Copy Editor Colleen Peters won 4th Place for Copy Editing while Co-News Editor Danielle Taylor won 4th Place for the News Writing Competition. Three students earned honorable mentions: Photographer Jassamyn Payne for Editorial Illustration, Editor-in-Chief Kaity Bergquist for Copy Editing and Opinion Editor April Testerman for Opinion Writing.

During the summer, Palomar’s journalism staff culled the students’ work from last spring and submitted newspaper and magazine entries for consideration. Palomar was awarded 16 awards from that work, including Meritious awards in Enterprise Reporting for Hanner and Sports Editor Gio Nieto for a series they wrote on Student Success.

Impact staff won 1st Place for Magazine Layout and for its Magazine Cover. Meanwhile magazine writers Justin Masanque and Shaun Kahmann tied for 2nd Place for their magazine profile features. Kahmann won another 2nd place for Opinion Writing and an honorable mention for a magazine opinion story.

Newspaper staffers Kelli Miller, Testerman and Peters won Honorable Mention for News Feature, News Story and Sports Writing, respectively.

In the layout categories, The Telescope staff won 2nd Place for Front Page Layout and 3rd Place for Inside Page Layout. Designer Natalie Soldoff won 4th Place for Inside Page Layout.

Magazine Staffer Kiigan Snaer won 4th Place for Magazine Feature Photo and Magazine Illustration, while Photographer Dan Chambers won Honorable Mention for Feature Photo.

JACC is a non-profit educational corporation dedicated to community college journalism in California. It is run by an elected board of directors who represent both students and faculty from around the state. For more information on JACC, visit its Web site at

For more information on The Telescope, visit or call 760-891-7865. For more information on Impact, visit


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