El Camino College Union Newspaper, Magazine Garner Big Wins in National Media Competition


TORRANCE — El Camino College’s student-run campus newspaper, The Union, continued its award-winning legacy as its staff brought home several awards from the virtual Fall National College Media Convention, co-hosted by the Associated Collegiate Press or ACP and the Collegiate Media Association or CMA last month.   

Under the leadership of The Union newspaper’s  Editor-in-Chief and El Camino student Nicholas Broadhead, El Camino College won a total of seven awards including First Place for Best Website (eccunion.com), Second Place for Best Feature Magazine (Warrior Life Magazine), and Second Place for Best Two-Year College Media Outlet (The Union Newspaper). The staff also won the following:

  • Third Place, Two-year Feature Magazine of the Year.


  • Fourth Place Reporter of the Year, by Juan Miranda.


  • Fifth Place Story of the Year, Editorial, by Molly Cochran
  • Honorable Mention: Best Viral Video


El Camino students who submitted entries and also won awards in this year’s competition include the following:   

  •     First place, news photo, by Gary Kohatsu  
  •     First place, newspaper profile feature story, by Walter Jay Jr. 
  •     Second place, magazine illustration, by Kendal Foreman 
  •     Third place, newspaper editorial, by Nicholas Broadhead 
  •     Third place, magazine photo, by Gary Kohatsu
  •     Fourth place, newspaper opinion story, by Maverick Marcellana
  •     Fourth place, magazine opinion story, by Manuel Guzman 
  •     Fourth place, magazine design, by Jennifer Torres 
  •     Honorable mention, environmental portrait, by Walter Jay Jr. 
  •     Honorable mention, editorial, by Molly Cochran 
  •     Honorable mention, magazine cover design, by Jennifer Torres
  •     Honorable mention, magazine profile, by Molly Cochran
  •     Honorable mention, magazine illustration, by  Lauren Hadnot

The confidence and success exhibited by the The Union newspaper and Warrior Life Magazine staffs during the three-day competition and convention were the results of hard work and determination to consistently put together a quality product. El Camino College journalism professor and student media adviser, Stefanie Frith, was excited to watch her students win big against some very competitive collegiate journalism programs.  

The Union’s former Editor-in-Chief Juan Miranda, who died in January, posthumously won 4th place for this year’s Reporter of the Year award, further demonstrating how his newsroom legacy continues.

The ACP and the CMA are professional media advisory outlets for colleges and universities throughout the United States; they host two annual conventions aimed at providing journalism students access to research and resources from news and media professionals throughout the industry. 

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