De Anza journalism students were awarded for their work on La Voz News in 2021, and for live contests held at a live college journalism conference in Long Beach from March 3-5.
Six De Anza students attended the Associated Collegiate Press/Journalism Association of Community Colleges conference, where they participated in workshops featuring professional journalists and competed in contests. The DASG helped fund the students’ attendance by paying for hotel rooms.
La Voz was awarded “General Excellence” for its website, lavozdeanza.com, an award that is graded according to a specific list of criteria for student news sites.
Students came home with the following awards from the live contests conducted with tight deadlines:
Teddy Ha, social media editor: First place, Canva Infographics.
James Rahn, features editor: Second place, copy editing.
Kevin Nguyen, editor-in-chief: Honorable mention, sports writing, for his coverage of a live baseball game.
Nguyen also won four awards for his published work in La Voz News in 2021:
First place, critical review, for a review of “No Time To Die.”
Meritorious (not ranked), enterprise news reporting (with Yvonne Phan), for community stories about The Oaks and Vallco Mall in Cupertino.
Fourth place, news story, for reporting about the removal of Thuy Nguyen as president of Foothill College.
Honorable mention, column writing.
La Voz students also received the following awards for work published in 2021:
Vi Nguyen, third place, illustration.
Jodi Wong, honorable mention, profile, for a story about medical assisting student Zack Wilson.
Also at the conference, De Anza journalism chair and adviser to La Voz News Cecilia Deck was awarded “California Journalism & Media Affiliates Journalism Educator of the Year,” which recognizes leadership and support that goes beyond the journalism program and has impact across campus, community and local or regional associations. The award is issued annually by California Journalism and Media Affiliates, which includes the California News Association, California College Media Association and the California Press Foundation.