February 2013, Volume 17, Number 1


Staff of MDC's newspaper The Reporter
Award-winning staff at 'The Reporter' includes, from left, staff writer Jonathan Muñoz, Editor-in-Chief Karla Barrios, Media Advisor Manolo Barco, Photo Editor Alyssa Alvarez and Sports Editor Jonathan Pérez.

Student Newspaper Named Best in State

Miami Dade College’s student newspaper, The Reporter, has been named the top community college student newspaper in the state for the second straight year.

The Reporter staff placed in 15 of 18 individual categories – including eight first-place awards – at the recent Florida College System Activities Association (FCSAA) awards banquet in Daytona Beach. The collegewide paper has won 32 awards from the Association in the past two years, including 18 first-place honors. This year’s competition was based on newspapers printed during the 2011-12 academic year.

“I feel immensely proud of everyone for placing first in the state,” said Karla Barrios, editor-in-chief of The Reporter. “It is such an honor to lead a hardworking staff that puts forth the utmost effort every day to make our newspaper the best it can be. I know the future holds continued success for The Reporter as we continue to improve.” 

Entering the Inner Circle

Monique O. Madan, who served as editor-in-chief of the newspaper last year, received an Inner Circle Award for placing in the top three in at least three categories. She won two first-place awards, for news story and feature story, and a second-place award for in-depth reporting. She has received six FCSAA awards in the past two years, including four first place honors.

Other first-place honors this year went to MDC students for sports writing, picture story, news photo, feature photo, ad design and overall design. They also placed in categories including humor column, sports column, sports photo and illustration.

Dogged Determination

“Being named the top community college newspaper in the state two years straight is a testament to all the hard work our student journalists put in to inform the MDC community,” said Manolo Barco, media advisor to The Reporter. “Last year’s staff raised the bar. They were dogged and determined, all great attributes for young journalists to have. This year’s staff looks forward to continuing that legacy.”

The Reporter has a circulation of 10,250 and is supplemented by a website with video and audio content. It is distributed at all eight MDC campuses and has newsrooms at Wolfson, North and Kendall campuses.


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