MDC’s Student Newspaper and Literary Magazines Win Prestigious AwardsStudents aim high, hit the mark and receive recognition

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Miami Dade College’s student publications continue to receive excellent notices and amass top prizes at the state and national level.

The student newspaper, The Reporter, has been named the top college newspaper in the state by the Florida College System Publications Association (FSCPA) for the seventh year in a row.

The Reporter staff placed in 12 of 18 individual categories – including six first-place awards – at the recent FCSPA awards banquet in Orlando. The paper has won 100 awards from the FCSPA in the past seven years, including 58 first-place honors.

In addition to placing first in overall excellence, individuals won first place honors for In-Depth Reporting, News Story, Humor Column, Picture Story, Editorial Cartoon and Design. The competition was based on newspapers printed during the 2016-17 school year. The Reporter accumulated 27 overall points.

“I am so grateful for having such a supportive and hardworking staff,” said Maria Vizcaino, The Reporter’s editor-in-chief. “We were blessed to have been part of the paper. The real accomplishments are the experiences we had and the friends we made.”

The Reporter features 16 pages, prints on a biweekly schedule, has a circulation of 10,250 per print cycle and is supplemented by a website with video and audio content. It is distributed at all eight MDC campuses and has newsrooms at the Kendall, North and Wolfson Campuses.


Maria Vizcaino and Riane Roldan, In-Depth Reporting

Riane Roldan, News Story

Katherine Wallace-Fernandez, Humor Column

Omar Negrin and Sebastian Ballestas, Picture Story

Enio Acosta, Jr., Editorial Cartoon

Staff, Design


Sabrina Martin, General Column

Rosanna Oviedo, Sports Column

Ciro Salcedo, Arts Review


Omar Negrin, Feature Photo

Jonathan Munoz, Comic Strip

Aaron Carbo, Advertising Design

Readers can pick up a copy of The Reporter on campus, or view it online at Follow on Twitter @MDCTheReporter | Instagram @mdcthereporter | Facebook at

Students interested in more information about the newspaper may contact advisor Manolo Barco at 305-237-1255,

The Mags Have It

When it comes to applying their creative writing, photography and design skills, MDC students at various campuses aim high and consistently hit the mark to produce nationally-recognized literary magazines. This year, the literary magazines staff and their dedicated faculty advisors celebrate winning multiple state, regional and national awards and recognitions.

Here’s a complete list of awards (by publication):

Café CulturaHialeah Campus
Gold Circle awards, Columbia Scholastic Press Association (National)
1st Place, Humor Writing – “The Exclamatory Statement” by Arvayah Rozier
2nd Place, Photo Illustration – “Anonymous” by Andy Lopez

Florida College System Publications Association (State), Division A.
3rd Place, Two-Page Spread – Yarien Suarez
3rd Place, Design – Yarien Suarez
3rd Place, Editing – Hannia Santisteban

Estuaries, Homestead Campus
Community College Humanities Association
Honorable Mention, Photography – “Spice” by Audrey Deleon

Florida College System Publications Association, Division A
1st Place, Artwork-Individual, Angel Quintana
1st Place, Two-Page Spread Design, Joshua Gonzalez
1st Place, Design, Sean Collazo
2nd Place, General Excellence
2nd Place, Nonfiction, Cristina Burciaga
2nd Place, Artworks, Charlise Montrope
2nd Place, Contents Page, Joshua Gonzalez
2nd Place, Staff Page, Irwin Carajal
3rd Place, Fiction, Souan Uy
3rd Place, Photography, Audrey Deleon

Miambiance, Kendall Campus
Gold Circle Awards, Columbia Scholastic Press Association
3rd Place, Humor, Izabella Felpeto, “Yeya’s Gril”
Certificate of Merit, Photography, Edian Ibarrola

Community College Humanities Association
2nd Place, Magazines from Large Colleges: Southern Division
2nd Place, Artwork/Southern Division – “Sitting in Despair” by Dyron Gabriel Lafuente
Honorable Mention, Creative Nonfiction/Southern Division – “The Feminine Aspect” by Jennifer L. Weiner

Florida College System Publications Association
2nd Place, Cover by Octavio Fernandez
2nd Place, Staff Page by Marcos Tzvetanov

Urbana, InterAmerican Campus
Florida College System Press Association, Division B
Inner Circle Award, Guisell Gomez
1st Place, Nonfiction, Guisell Gomez
1st Place, On the Spot Film Review Content, Mariantonieta Chavez
1st Place, Photo, Luka Bilbao
1st Place, Art, Rey Jaffet
2nd Place, General Excellence Award
2nd Place, Artwork, Rey Jaffet
2nd Place, Poetry, Guisell Gomez
2nd Place, Editing, Guisell Gomez
2nd Place, Contents Page, Darlin Gonzalez Jimenez
3rd Place, Poem, Tess Cusidor
3rd Place, Photography, Darlin Gonzalez Jimenez, Mariantonieta Chavez, Luis Prieto
3rd Place, On the Spot Photography Contest, Mariantonieta Chavez

Axis, North Campus 
Pacemaker Award finalist, Literary Arts Magazine, Two-Year Institution, Associated Collegiate Press
Pinnacle Award finalist, Two-Year Literary Magazine of the Year, College Media Association

Community College Humanities Association
2nd Place, Creative Arts Magazine

Florida College System Publications Association, Division B
1st Place, Cover, Kino Binsworth Robinson III
1st Place, Contents Page, Kino Binsworth Robinson III
3rd Place, Poetry, “Household Denial” by Kaitlyn Menendez, “Threads” by Alexa dePablo and “The Poet” by Joshua Buron

MetromorphosisWolfson Campus
Community College Humanities Association
Poetry, Jerron Feaster, “A poem for Tact”
Creative Non-fiction, Rafael Arana, “Simple, Sweet…”

Florida College System Publications Association, Division B
1st Place, Best Photography
1st Place, Best Art Works
3rd Place, Nonfiction Riane Roldan
3rd Place, Photo Salua Rivero