LA Press Club recognizes Intersections for South LA reporting


Annenberg students, along with Journalism School Director Willow Bay and Annenberg Dean Ernie Wilson, crowd the Biltmore Hotel lobby on their way into the LA Press Club Awards ceremony.


Intersections was honored by the Los Angeles Press Club in nine award categories Sunday night for reporting on topics ranging from Zumba fitness to LAUSD mismanagement, sidewalk tacos to criminal justice. During 2014, the year recognized by the 57th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards, Intersections expanded its ranks and moved into the Annenberg School’s new Media Center while continuing to explore untold stories of South L.A. and experiment with multimedia storytelling. We also became Press Club nominees for the first time — which now offers us the chance to highlight excellent reporting that illuminates many sides of South L.A. life.

Read on for links to some of the finest work from Intersections of 2014, with gratitude to our staff and advisors. The full list of winners is available on the L.A. Press Club website.

— Daina Beth Solomon
Outgoing Editor-in-Chief

News Website (Student):
3rd Place: Intersections South LA


Intersections was recognized in nine categories at the 57th Annual Southern California Journalism Awards.

Feature Writing (Student):
1st Place: Olga Grigoryants and Daina Beth Solomon, “40 Years for Four Shots

Judge’s comment: A fine and nuanced look at what we did not know about the young man behind the USC shootings on Halloween of 2012, but thought we did. Beautifully written and thoughtfully reported.

Enterprise News Writing (Student):
Finalist: Jordyn Holman, “Plaza Aims to Boost Leimert Park Community

Reporting — Broadcast, Podcast or Stream (Student):
Finalist: Sarah Zahedi, “South LA High School Curbs Suspension Rates with Restorative Justice

News Feature (Online): 
2nd Place: Daina Beth Solomon, “South LA Street Cooks Could Soon Go Legit

Personality Profile (Online): 
Finalist: Sinduja Rangarajan, “The Father of Leimert Park, or the Octopus

Educational Reporting (Cross Platform): 
3rd Place: Matt Tinoco, “LAUSD Software Inflicts Scheduling Chaos

Science/Health/Tech Reporting (Cross Platform): 
Finalist: Daina Beth Solomon, “Zumba Boom in South LA’s Concrete Desert

Crime Reporting (Cross Platform): 
2rd Place: Olga Grigoryants and Daina Beth Solomon, “40 Years for Four Shots

And from Reporter Corps South LA alum Skylar Myers

Lifestyle Feature (Radio): [for KCRW]
1st Place: Skylar Myers, Kerstin Zilm, Bob Carlson, “I Knew You Back Then 


No stranger to awards: ISLA staff display recognitions from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Intersections staff display recognitions from the Society of Professional Journalists. Clockwise: Kate Guarino, Anna-Cat Brigida, Sinduja Rangarajan, Daina Solomon, Kevin Tsukii, Luis Hernandez, Daniela Gerson and Willa Seidenberg.


Intersections was also recognized last April by the Society of Professional Journalists in the Mark of Excellence Awards for the West Coast (Region 11):

Best Independent Online Student Publication
Finalist: “Intersections South LA”

Best Use of Multimedia 
Finalist: “Leimert Park’s Third Renaissance

And finally…

Multimedia Editor Anna-Cat Brigida was a finalist in the Hearst Multimedia Enterprise Competition for “Kizomba, a seductive Afro-Caribbean dance, arrives in South LA.”

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