Story by Joshua Miller/Co-editor in chief/@joshua_miller8

Joining about 40 community colleges from California to participate in a three-day state journalism conference, the LBCC Viking newspaper and City Magazine staff members won nine awards, including an award in general excellence for the Viking staff, from March 17-19.
The Journalism Association of Community Colleges and the California Newspaper Publishers Association hosted the conference at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport hotel in Burbank. The conference included on-the-spot deadline-based contests and mail-in contests for the 2014-15 academic year. The conference also included workshops from industry professionals, roundtable meetings for students to discuss and share ideas, along with many networking opportunities.
Of the on-the-spot contests, LBCC gained one first place, two third places, one fourth place, and one honorable mention award. Brandon Richardson, finished first for News Judgment/Layout Tabloid contest and third for the news-writing contest, Carlos Ochoa secured third in the opinion writing contest Joshua Miller took fourth in the News Photo and Caption contest, and Juan Galvez received Honorable Mention for the Editorial Cartoon contest.
Richardson, 28, a journalism major, said, “This was my second state convention and it was another great experience. I was surprised after winning first place in news judgment and layout for tabloid because it wasn’t an event I initially intended to participate in, but our adviser Pat McKean insisted I signed up. I’m really grateful that he pushed me.”
Along with the on-the-spot contests, the Viking and City Magazine submitted entires for numerous contests. Miller won a $500 scholarship, Aaron Wiseman took first for the mail in Magazine Illustration, Jon Peacock took second for the Online Photo Story/Essay contest. Miller, 19, a journalism major, said, “It was an amazing experience. The conference gives students such valuable insight to what it takes to be a professional photojournalist in the industry. I cannot wait to attend the next SoCal conference in the Fall.”