Current and Former Student Journalists Honor Former Warrior Life Editor-in-Chief with Awards
The El Camino College newsletter and magazine has received several awards recognizing their service to campus and surrounding communities in both the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
The Associated College Press (ACP) and College Media Association (CMA) host the National College Media Convention, a three-day biannual event that takes place in the spring and fall semesters.
This year’s Fall National College Media Convention was a virtual event featuring workshops presented by journalism professionals, presentations and an awards competition showcasing the work of publications led by student and student journalists across the country.
The Union newspaper and Warrior Life magazine received a combined total of seven awards for individual journalists and the two publications in their entirety, including two ACP “Best of Show” awards for The Union and Warrior Life.
The Union took first place in the ACP Best of Show award in the Best Website category for a two-year college, and Warrior Life took second in the ACP Best of Show award in the Best Magazine category.
Here is the full list of awards won:
ACP Best of Show
Three Union student journalists were recognized for their individual contributions to journalism across the country: former journalist Maverick Marcellana, former Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of The Union, Molly Cochran and former EIC of Warrior Life and Editor-in-Chief of The Union. , Juan Miranda, who died on January 22 at the age of 22.
For many current and former student journalists of The Union and Warrior Life, these awards are dedicated to Juan Miranda as a testament to his commitment and service as a leader to his community and the press team.
Cochran mentioned that whenever she feels proud of her accomplishments and career, she will also think back to Juan Miranda, wishing he could have been in his current role.
“I think it was really surreal to see [Miranda’s] name there. It was truly a bittersweet moment. I felt so proud of him and of everything he has done, but at the same time I am also very sad that he is gone and that he is not there to see the fruits of his labor, ”said Cochran.
Journalism student advisor and journalism professor Stefanie Frith shared how proud she is of the students she teaches and of Miranda.
“Having students recognized for their work nationally is rewarding, and for Juan he was at the top of his game. He cared deeply for his community and I think it shows through his incredibly beautiful writing, meticulous reporting and incredible detail, ”said Frith.
“For us, I think this award is bittersweet. We lack [Miranda] every day and we look forward to presenting these awards to his family, ”said Frith.
The Union’s current IEC Nicholas Broadhead shared sentiments very similar to those of his peers have.
“[Miranda] 100% deserved the price. He would go way beyond what he tried to do not only during quarantine but also before quarantine happened, ”said Broadhead. “He totally deserves all the recognition he can get.”
Broadhead said he hopes these awards will lead to more recognition for Miranda, as her story and experiences as a journalist should be told to express her talents.
“Even though he worked hard as a CIS for the life of a warrior, he was dedicated to his craft, dedicated to helping others, and overall he was just a really good guy. He totally deserved to be here and celebrate with us, ”said Broadhead.
Former EIC for Warrior Life and Editor-in-Chief of The Union Jeniffer Torres discussed the challenges of resuming Miranda’s role as Warrior Life EIC and honoring her legacy.
“The job that takes a whole year with the magazine, I basically only had a semester to do it. When I looked back on some of the stories Juan had left me, I just started crying then. I felt really surreal knowing that his edits were never going to be finished by him. I had to run with what he had, ”Torres said.
The majority of the stories Miranda started working on before her death have remained unfinished. Although overwhelmed, Torres said she knew she was the only person capable of taking responsibility at the time. Taking control of Warrior Life was all about Miranda.
“I made this magazine for Juan. It was for Juan, by Juan, and it was a really huge shock to hear that he had won such big prizes because I didn’t expect it to happen, ”Torres said.
At the end of the 2021 spring semester, Torres pinned an open letter dedicated to Juan Miranda titled “Losing a Leader”.
“At the heart of [Warrior Life], that was all Juan. It was his vision, ”Torres said.