Reporter Named Top State College Newspaper For Fifth Straight Year

Not one. Not two. Not three. Not four…but  for now, five.

For the fifth straight year, The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College has been named the top state college newspaper in Florida.

The paper received the honor on Oct. 16 in Orlando at the Florida College System Publications Association awards banquet.

I’m exceptionally proud of the staff,” said Daniela Hurtado, who served as the paper’s Editor-In-Chief last year, and is currently a junior at the University of Florida majoring in telecommunication news. “The Reporter is a great place to learn and grow as a journalist. I’m so happy that we came out on top for another year. It makes all the hard work and long hours worth it.”          

The Reporter placed in 15 of 18 individual categories– including 12 first-place awards and three second place honors—at the conference. The first place honors were for In-Depth Reporting, Feature Story, Sports Writing, News Photo, Design, Arts Review, Feature Story, Illustration, Editorial Cartoon, Sports Photo, Comic Strip and Humor Column.     

This year’s competition was based on newspapers printed during the 2014-15 school year. The Reporter accumulated 42 overall points. The Reporter, which was established in Oct. 4, 2010 when the College  merged the school’s three existing student newspapersThe Falcon Times, Metropolis and the Catalyst—has dominated at the state competition since its inception, winning 74 awards from the FCSPA in the past five years including 47 first-place honors.

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Daniela Hurtado, In-Depth Reporting

Tomás Monzón , Feature Story

Andres Jimenez, Sports Writing

Anadaniela Garcia, Design

Angela Delgado, News Photo

Erik Jimenez, Arts Review

Mark Pulaski, Feature Photo

Danielle Kairuz, Illustration

Claudia Nieves, Editorial Cartoon

Ashley Canario, Sports Photo

Kathleen Stebbins, Comic Strip

Rafael Tur, Humor Column


Tomás Monzón, News Story

Angela Delgado, Karen La Spina, and Edgard Lobo, Picture Story

Andres Jimenez, Sports Column

Hector Gonzalez

Hector Gonzalez, 33, is returning to Miami Dade College where he will be pursuing a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Film at the North Campus. He will serve as a photographer and staff writer for the paper this year. Gonzalez obtained his Associate Degree in Mass Communications during the 2011-2012 school year while serving as Sports Editor for The Reporter. He earned the Best Sports Story award from the Florida College System Activities Association in 2011. He has also worked as freelance sports writer for the South Florida Sun Sentinel and the Miami Herald.

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