Mainstream Wins Five Collegiate Awards

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UCC's student media outlet recognized for collegiate-level journalism excellence.

ROSEBURG, Oregon – Students on The Mainstream, the student media outlet at Umpqua Community College (UCC), recently won five awards at the annual Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association Collegiate Newspaper Contest. The awards are given out each year to recognize excellence in collegiate-level journalism.

"The awards are extra special this year because some of the entries were combined with four-year schools," Melinda Benton, The Mainstream advisor, said. "So our community college was competing against a much larger pool of student writers, and many in that pool had much more access to media course work."

Congratulations to the following:

  • Managing editor Alicia Graves: won in the editorial and feature photo categories for her editorial on fake news and her feature photo of a UCC student’s child on campus
  • Jason Bamburg: won in the news category for his story on April Hamlin, UCC's Dean of Student Services
  • Sam Homolo: won in the review category for his story on a video game release
  • Entire Staff: won in the special section category for the I Am UCC and Soldiers to Scholars series/special section

Photo: The Mainstream staff (from left to right) – Ursula Evans, Michelle Williams, Christian DeWeese, Renee Thompson, Madalyn Pickett, Madison Ashcraft, Bowen Briggs, Vladimir Sovyak, Savanah Obrien, Peter Greenham, Alicia Graves, Charles Crosier, Julius Benson and (kneeling in front) Susan Jarvis and Sam Homola.

About Umpqua Community College

Nestled in the beautiful North Umpqua River Valley, Umpqua Community College is the regional center for higher education in Douglas County, Oregon. UCC provides high quality college degree programs, workforce development, and community learning opportunities.


Melinda Benton - Contact
Associate Professor, Communication

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