The Reporter Named Top Student Newspaper By The FCSPA For Seventh Consecutive Year

Miami Dade College’s student newspaper, The Reporter, defended their throne at this year’s Florida College System Publications Association Conference, winning Best Newspaper (General Excellence) in Florida for the seventh consecutive year.

The winners were announced on Oct. 13 at the Disney Springs Holiday Inn in Orlando. Judging was based on newspapers produced during the 2016-2017 school year.

In addition to Best Newspaper, 17 individual categories, ranging from writing to photography and design, were judged.  

The Reporter won 12 awards including six first-place honors. The paper has won 100 awards from the FCSPA in the past seven years, including 58 first-place honors.

“I’m extremely proud and grateful to the staff that was part of The Reporter last year,” said Maria Vizcaino, who served as Editor-In-Chief of The Reporter during the 2016-2017 school year. “Winning is a result of hard work and teamwork.”

First-place awards won by The Reporter included: In-Depth Reporting, Maria Vizcaino and Riane Roldan; News Story, Riane Roldan; Humor Column, Katherine Wallace-Fernandez; Picture Story, Omar Negrin and Sebastian Ballestas; Editorial Cartoon,  Enio Acosta Jr. and Design, Reporter Staff.  

The publication placed second in three categories: General Column, Sabrina Martin; Sports Column, Rosanna Oviedo and Arts Review, Ciro Salcedo.

Third place honors were garnered by: Feature Photo,Omar Negrin; Comic Strip ,Jonathan Munoz and Advertising Design, Aaron Carbo.

The Reporter covers all eight MDC campuses. It prints 15 times per academic year and has  a circulation of 10,250 papers per print cycle. It’s augmented by a website,, that includes video content and breaking news.

To join or to find out more information about The Reporter, contact the paper’s  media adviser, Manolo Barco, at 305-237-1255 or at