Riverside City College Student Newspaper Builds on Legacy of Success

Riverside City College Student Newspaper Builds on Legacy of Success

S. E. Williams | Executive Editor

Topping its fall record of honors received, Riverside City College’s student newspaper, Viewpoints, earned 15 acknowledgements at the virtual, spring National College Media Convention held jointly with the California Journalism Association of Community Colleges State Convention, March 18-20.


Viewpoints earned second place in Best of Show for its print edition, edging out competitors from Madison, Wisconsin; Hurst, Texas and others in California while also placing second for Viewpointsonline.org in the national event.


In addition, the paper received the General Excellence Award—its 39th since 1996—for its online edition.


Students entered stories, photos, and other multimedia projects created in the spring and fall 2020 semesters and participated in on-the-spot contests to compete against other California community college students.


Individual Honors


Among the students singled out for statewide recognition during the event were two members of the IE Voice team.


IE Voice and Viewpoints’ managing editor, Leo Cabral, secured fourth place in the category of Informational Graphics.

“I feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to participate in JACC again,” they said. “I have learned so much in my time at Viewpoints and at workshops at JACC that made me the journalist I am today. Placing fourth shows me that experience is really paying off.”

Pictured: Leo Cabral’s Informational graphic (Source:Leo Cabral)


IE Voice reporter and Viewpoints’ news editor, Cheetara Piry, was selected as Southern California president for a second consecutive term in which she will serve on the JACC Board in the role of student volunteer.


“I’m very honored that my fellow student journalists entrust me to serve a second term on the JACC Board,” said Piry. “This year’s spring convention was a success, and after listening to the students, faculty and guest speakers, I’m determined our next event will be just as great, if not better. I’m very appreciative to my advisor, Matt Schoenmann for selecting me to participate in the conference in the first place.”


Pictured: Cheetara Piry (Source: Leo Cabral)

Other Riverside City College Award recipients included Erik Galicia who received an honorable mention in the Editorial competition; Alyssa Aldrete (life editor) was awarded first place in critical review; Angel Peña received an honorable mention in the feature photo competition; former photographer Joyce Nugent was awarded first place for her news photo essay; and former staff member received an honorable mention in the category of editorial cartoon; while Daniel Hernandez placed first and Erik Galicia placed third in the category of video journalism.

About the Convention


The national convention, sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press, College Media Association and the JACC featured over 100 sessions for student learning, training, networking, and exhibiting.

The event also featured prominent keynote speakers including Major Garrett, CBS News’ Chief Washington correspondent; Linsey Davis, “ABC News Live Prime” anchor, and Ashley Parker, White House reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner at The Washington Post.

For more info about Viewpoints visit https://viewpointsonline.org and/or learn more about RCC’s Journalism program at www.rcc.edu.

S. E. Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News.


About The Author

S.E. Williams

Stephanie E. Williams is an award winning investigative reporter, editor and activist who has contributed to several Inland Empire publications. Williams spent more than thirty years as a middle-manager in the telecommunications industry before retiring to pursue her passion as a reporter and non-fiction writer. Beyond writing, Williams’ personal interests include stone-carving, drumming and sculpting.

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