Press Release: Local Journalists Win Awards at City College of San Francisco

From City College of San Francisco:

City College’s journalism students captured 18 honors in the 44th Annual San Francisco Press Club’s Greater Bay Area Awards.

The honors include eight first-place winners. Two of the first-place winners, Emily Trinh and Chiara Di Martino, reside in the Sunset District. 

Etc. Magazine won first place for best college magazine, and The Guardsman won first place for best college newspaper. The awards follow a pattern of City College students cleaning up at awards ceremonies, underscoring a tradition of excellence in the journalism department. 

Chiara Di Martino, who won first place for feature layout, said her journalism education at City College was essential for setting her on the path she’s on today. She met the editor-in-chief of El Tecolote, Alexis Terrazas, while studying at City College and now she works part time for the publication as an advertising manager. The newspaper is a bilingual, biweekly publication serving San Francisco’s Mission District.

Di Martino also freelances throughout the Bay Area, with her latest images celebrating the 50th anniversary of El Tecolote appearing on Muni buses throughout the City. 

Chiara Di Martino. Courtesy photo.

Multiple award winner Emily Trinh, who is finishing up her photography degree at City College, said she “learned a ton” while working on The Guardsman and Etc. Magazine. 

“They gave me a very practical look at what a real newsroom might look like,” Trinh said. She added she felt “honored and encouraged” by the awards, and that they are “great motivations” for her to keep pursuing her dreams. Trinh also Emily Trinh won second place for both feature photography and news photography.

Emily Trinh. Courtesy photo by Kevin Kelleher at Kemily Visuals.

“I continue to be impressed by our students as they succeed in competitions, vying for awards in everything from writing to design and photography,” Journalism Department Chair Juan Gonzales Gonzales said. “It’s a tribute to their passion and their striving for excellence. I’m just so proud of them.”

Another winner is Tyler Breisacher (a former contributor to the Richmond Review and Sunset Beacon newspapers) who won first-place winners for breaking news and third place for headline.

For more information about the Journalism Department at City College of San Francisco, go to

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