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CSM j-students pick up top honors

College of San Mateo Journalism students captured top honors at a Northern California journalism conference held Oct. 11 at San Jose State University, with one winning article later published by the San Francisco Examiner and distributed online.

The students were honored for their work with a General Excellence award for the Web site version of The San Matean, the campus newspaper, and several writing awards, including a meritorious award for in-depth reporting.

Christine Karavas, editor of The San Matean, was awarded first place for opinion writing in an on-the-spot competition held at the daylong event. Her article addressed a keynote address about journalism and social media event’s and was written under strict deadline pressure in competition with other students.

Her article was polished and distributed several days later by the San Francisco Examiner. It addresses the differences between journalism and social media under the headline “Don’t fool yourself: Blogs, texts are not journalism.”

The conference was hosted by the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, a statewide organization. The JACC holds Northern California and Southern California conferences and a larger state conference each spring that brings both regions together.

About 225 students from 22 community colleges attended the event, which presented an array of workshops and competitions.

In the mail-in competition, judging work over the last year, Karavas also earned fourth place news feature honors for her story about changes to language and writing caused by text messaging. “Well written, great flow, great/new topic,” the judges wrote.

Also collecting awards were:

“CSM’s journalism students work hard to excel, so it’s terrific to see their efforts acknowledged by the professionals who judge for the JACC,” said Ed Remitz, CSM journalism adviser. Remitz also is a board member for the San Francisco Peninsula Press Club.

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