SAN MARCOS (November 30, 2015) – Palomar College’s Telescope newspaper and Impact magazine received more than 20 awards combined at  a recent conference hosted by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges (JACC), an organization which brings together members of community college journalism programs from across California.

Twelve members of the Telescope staff attended the one-day conference at Fullerton College on Nov. 14, where they competed in contests against other colleges from the Southern California region, attended lectures, and networked with other student journalists. The day concluded with an awards ceremony, resulting in an impressive showing for Palomar College.

The Telescope staff received the First Place award in Online General Excellence and Telescope photographer Philip Farry received a First Place award in the Sports Action Photo category. For Impact magazine, Paul Nelson and Katherine Hoang placed first in Magazine Cover Design and Rendall Mercado and Katherine Hoang placed first in Magazine Design/Layout.

“It’s hard not to brag,” said Telescope adviser Erin Hiro, who attended the conference along with the students. “These awards reflect the great work our students are producing, for both the Telescope and Impact — we are so proud,” she said, speaking of herself and Sylvia Mendoza, Impact magazine adviser for spring 2015.

A list of the awards follows:

Telescope awards:

Editorial Cartoon, Third Place, John Lucia

Front Page Layout (Tabloid), Third Place, Susan Whaley

Photo Illustration, Fourth Place, Harim Arjon

Online Photo Story/Essay, Fourth Place, Erika Shasky

Column Writing, Second Place, Christopher Bullock

Editorial, Second Place, Mike Peterson

Sports Game Story, Third Place, Mike Adams

News Photo, Third Place, Philip Farry

Photo Story-Essay, Second Place, Telescope Staff

Photo Story-Essay, Third Place, Telescope Staff

Sports Action Photo, First Place, Philip Farry

Online General Excellence, First Place, Telescope Staff

Impact awards:

Magazine Cover Design, First Place, Paul Nelson and Katherine Hoang

Magazine Design/Layout, First Place, Rendall Mercado and Katherine Hoang

Magazine Opinion Article, Meritorious Award, Danielle Tuazon

Magazine Opinion Article, Meritorious Award, Marilyn Moreno

Magazine Illustration, Second Place, Rendall Mercado

Magazine Illustration, Third Place, Rendall Mercado

Magazine Photo, Third Place, Bayani Decastro, Jr.

Telescope On-the-Spot contest winners:

News Writing, Honorable Mention, Daze Castillo

Critical Review, Honorable Mention, Diana Guevarra

News Photo and Caption, Third Place, Lou Roubitchek

News Photo and Caption, Fourth Place, Philip Farry



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Melinda Finn, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2365
Laura Gropen, Public Affairs Office, 760-744-1150, ext. 2152
Erin Hiro, Telescope Newspaper, 760-744-1150, ext. 3762