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Daily Sundial, CSUN Journalism Students Garner 19 Awards

Daily Sundial, CSUN Journalism Students Garner 19 Awards

The Daily Sundial, the California State University, Northridge student run newspaper, has been nominated for 19 California College Media Awards.

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“I am ecstatic and especially proud that we won in such a wide range of categories,” said Sundial Editor In Chief Ashley Soley-Cerro. “Our staff works incredibly hard because they are passionate about what they do, and I think it showed through their work.” 

In each of the 19 categories, the Sundials’ student-employees won either a first-, second- or third-place award. The nominees find out this weekend where they placed. 

Soley-Cerro also works for KHTS AM-1220 as a freelance writer and reporter.

Soley-Cerro recently covered the city’s Earth Arbor Day, when more than 6,000 turned out locally for a city event.
Some of the nominations include Best Breaking News Story, Feature Story, Staff Editorial and Special Section.
The winners will be presented awards at San Jose State on Saturday.
Here’s a full list of  CCMA recipients:
  • Best Color Advertisement – Jennifer Luxton, Charlie Kaijo
  • Best Breaking News Story – Melissa Simon, Loren Townsley
  • Best News Story (non-breaking) – Christina Cocca
  • Best Feature Story – Melody Cherchian
  • Best Editorial – Staff
  • Best Audio Slideshow – Christina Cocca
  • Best Video – Brita Potenza
  • Best Features Photograph – Ken Scarboro
  • Best Photo Illustration – Anthony Brown, Loren Townsley, Charlie Kaijo
  • Best News Page Design – Jennifer Luxton
  • Best News Page Design – Gabriel Ivan Orendain-Necochea
  • Best Sports Page Design – Anthony Brown
  • Best Infographic – Abby Jones
  • Best Cartoon – Gabriel Ivan Orendain-Necochea
  • Best Overall Design – Staff
  • Best Features Page Design – Abby Jones
  • Best Features Page Design – Jasmine Mochizuki, Jennifer Luxton
  • Best Headline Portfolio – Alonso Tacanga
  • Best Special Section – Staff

“The Daily Sundial is an award-winning, and financially independent, student newspaper and web site,” according to the paper’s site, run by “student journalists who seek to gather, write, edit and publish or disseminate news for our students and community.”

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Daily Sundial, CSUN Journalism Students Garner 19 Awards

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About Perry Smith

Perry Smith is a print and broadcast journalist who has won several awards for his focused, hyperlocal community coverage in several different regions of the country. In addition to five years of experience covering the Santa Clarita Valley, Smith, a San Fernando Valley native, has worked in newspapers and news websites in Los Angeles, the Northwest, the Central Valley and the South, before coming to KHTS in 2012. To contact Smith, email him at