The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, won 14 awards, including online general excellence and three first-place awards, at the 2013 state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges in Sacramento.
Corsair photo editor Paul Alvarez, Jr. took home two first-place awards, one for video journalism and the other for feature photo. Former Corsair news editor Andy Riesmeyer won a first-place award for video journalism, a second-place for broadcast news and a second-place honor for news story.
Former Corsair photo editor Michael Yanow captured a first-place award for news photo and two third-place awards, one for news photo and the other for photo story essay.
About 500 students from 41 community college journalism programs in California attended the 58th annual journalism association state convention. Students participated in several on-the-spot writing and photography contests and also attended workshops offered throughout the three-day event. The results of mail-in contests recognizing top work from last year were also announced at the convention.
Saul Rubin is the Corsair advisor and instructor of the journalism class that produces the print and online editions of the student newspaper, while instructor Gerard Burkhart is the photo adviser.

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