Brittany Lieberman LBCC’s Eliza de la Flor, center, interviews Jason Bret Wells, a BuzzFeed news editor, after his keynote speech at the convention Thursday, April 9, while classmate Samwell Favela livestreams the discussion on Twitter’s new Periscope app.
Photo by Brittany Lieberman – LBCC’s Eliza de la Flor, center, interviews Jason Bret Wells, a BuzzFeed news editor, after his keynote speech at the convention Thursday, April 9, while classmate Samwell Favela livestreams the discussion on Twitter’s new Periscope app.

LBCC students were honored to make an appearance at the state convention. 

The Viking newspaper was recognized for general excellence by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges at the state convention in Sacramento.

Eleven journalism students from City magazine and the Viking newspaper traveled to attend the event.

Scholarships, mail-in awards and recognition for student publications were given Friday night. Attending students also had opportunities to participate in on-the-spot contests Thursday afternoon through Saturday morning. On-the-spot competition awards were announced Saturday night during an awards ceremony and dinner.

Viking alumnus and City Magazine writer and copy editor Eliza de la Flor earned one of five $100 scholarships, along with Viking alumnus Elizabeth Cheruto and current Viking and City Magazine editor in chief Brandon Richardson, 27, a journalism major, took fourth place for a feature profile for City magazine on local band Fragments  and received $100 a scholarship.

The magazine had two other writers receive recognition during the mail-in awards ceremony. Yaritza Alegria was given fourth place for her news feature on disabled students and Tyisha Ali was given third for her news feature on scholarships and grants.

“The pressure and uncertainty. It’s what journalists do every day and to me that’s very valuable experience. ”

-Brittany Lieberman

Communications major

Former Viking editor in chief Brittany Lieberman, 25, a communications major,  placed third for her mail-in photo essay on toddlers playing at the PCC in the global cardboard challenge.

Current Viking CityStyle editor Hunter King received honorable mention for his on-the-spot feature article, about a percussion group at an arts festival held at Sacramento State. It was the first time King attended the convention.

LBCC got another on-the-spot award when de la Flor received second place for copy editing.

With awards in hand, LBCC’s journalism program is making preparations for the next conference this Fall at Cal State Fullerton.

Each year LBCC students participate in the event with about 400 other students from all across the state, attending workshops and competing in contests.

Lieberman talked about the most important aspect of the convention: “The pressure and uncertainty. It’s what professional journalists do every day and to me that’s very valuable experience.”

Richardson said, “It was absolutely exhausting, but such a great experience to meet new people who share the same passion as you and compete for your school.”

Cindy Macias, 18, a child development major, said, “It was a fun experience overall, but because it was my first semester in college, it was little overwhelming, but it was a challenge I was up for. I would definitely do it again and again.”

Former Viking page editor William Martin, 28, a journalism major, said, “I always walk away from JACC events with a better understanding of the future of journalism and how to become a more effective visual journalist.”

Students who also attended the convention event were Hunter King, Jessica De Soto, Kelly Mahaffey, Elizabeth Cheruto, Samwell Favela, Eliza de la Flor, and Arieel Alcaraz.