The Daily Sundial won six awards at the L.A. Press Club's annual awards banquet on June 23 at the Millennium Biltmore, including first place for best college newspaper.
Incoming editor in chief Loren Townsley won first place for best photo in the college competition and Melody Cherchian also placed first in feature writing. Christina Cocca won a writing award and Ken Scarboro brought home an award for photography.
The following is a roundup of the winners and the judges' comments.
L1. COLLEGE NEWSPAPER
Daily Sundial, CSUN, “20 Years After the Riots”
Comments: The Daily Sundial is the class of Southern California student journalism. The paper - as exemplified by the staff's "20-years after the LA Riots" edition - presents a sophisticated blend of content, presentation and photography. The paper is thoroughly "professional" by any standard. Kudos to the Daily Sundial staff.
- 2nd: Los Angeles Collegian, L.A. City College, “May 2, 2012”
- 3rd: The Daily Bruin, UCLA
L3. NEWS WEBSITE
Annenberg TV News, USC
Comments: This beautifully organized and informative website surpasses many professional
operations. Outstanding work!
- 2nd: The Pearl Post, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School
- 3rd: Daily Sundial, CSUN
Loren Townsley, Daily Sundial, “Short-Lived NCAA Tournament”
Comments: Loren Townsley captured what every professional news photographer both prays
for and, just a little bit, also hopes not to see -- real tears, rolling down a young woman's face
in a dramatic news moment. Loren's framing of
the beautiful young student who has just
learned her soccer team has been eliminated tells all the drama and news in a single shot.
- 2nd: Julia Deng & Bronte Lawson Turk, Annenberg TV News, “Occupy Protester”
- 3rd: Ken Scarboro, Daily Sundial, “Proposition’s 30 Ultimatum Photo”
L6. WRITING -- PRINT
TIE: Melody Cherchian, Daily Sundial, “Fort For the Foreclosed”
TIE: Amanda Scurlock, Los Angeles City College, "Ghosts of Snyder Field"
Comments for Melody & Amanda: Excellent writing by Amanda Scurlock of the Los Angeles
Collegian and Melody Cherchian of the Daily Sundial equally impressed the judges. Scurlock's
piece movingly evokes an earlier time when LACC had an athletics program while Cherchian
personalizes the Occupy movement through a local family facing foreclosure. Fine job both.
-2nd: Anna Kamalyan & Olga Tatarenkova, Los Angeles City College, "FDIC Turns Magnifying
Glass on Higher One"
- 2nd: Christina Cocca, Daily Sundial, “Conversion Therapy Ban Challenged”
- 3rd: Alexander Woodman, Daily Titan Newspaper, "Doctoral Scholar Visits a Land of Contrast"