Cal State LA, College of Arts and Letters Journalists Shine at L.A. Press Club Awards

August 29, 2023 By Iris Chu

Los Angeles, CA – The College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles is celebrating a triumphant moment as two of its talented student journalists clinched top honors at the prestigious L.A. Press Club Awards. The awards, a testament to the dedication and excellence of the college's budding journalists, solidify Cal State LA's reputation as a hub of journalistic prowess.

Mia Alva, a student from Cal State LA's student led newspaper, the University Times, took home the remarkable distinction of securing 2nd place in the profile writing category for on-campus reporting. Alva's winning entry, titled "Former UT EIC & LAT editor profile," showcased her exceptional skill in capturing the essence of prominent individuals and their journeys.

Meanwhile, Erik Adams, a part of KPFK's "Cal State LA Community News Hour," demonstrated his investigative prowess by securing the 3rd place award in the professional audio investigative category. Adams' winning piece, titled "Coffee Shops in Southern California Unionizing," shed light on a critical and timely issue, exemplifying the caliber of reporting that the college nurtures.

In addition to the student victories, the L.A. Press Club Awards bestowed the esteemed Charles Rappleye Investigative Award upon Julie Liss, a standout journalist within the college's faculty, faculty director of the University Times, and the Associate Chair of Journalism. The award is a recognition of Julie's outstanding investigative reporting skills, exemplifying her dedication to unearthing the truth and uncovering stories that matter.

Left to right - Marcos Franco, Erik Adams, Mia Alva, Alyssah Hall, Julie Patel Liss.png
Left to right - Marcos Franco, Erik Adams, Mia Alva, Alyssah Hall, Julie Patel Liss

Charles Rappleye, a distinguished journalist, editor, and author, left an indelible mark on the world of journalism with his commitment to original, enterprising research and the power of long-form narrative. His legacy continues through the Charles M. Rappleye Investigative Journalism Award, which will be granted twice yearly to working journalists or teams in need of resources to support this kind of journalism. The award includes grants of up to $5,000, as well as in-kind assistance like research support, mentoring, and access to investigation tools.

Julie's commitment to impactful journalism was further underscored as she announced plans to utilize the award's financial component. The funds will be channeled towards follow-up investigations and providing freelance stipends to students involved in the college's ambitious "Housing Hazards" investigation. This four-part investigative series, which delves into pressing housing-related concerns, was met with resounding success upon its publication this summer, amplifying the college's influence on pertinent societal issues.

The College of Arts and Letters at Cal State LA takes immense pride in the accomplishments of its student journalists and faculty, who continue to raise the bar in the field of journalism. Their recognition at the L.A. Press Club Awards serves as a testament to the college's unwavering commitment to fostering journalistic excellence, encouraging investigative rigor, and preparing students for impactful careers in media.

The college congratulates Julie and all the student journalists who were recognized for their remarkable achievements. With each accolade earned and story told, the College of Arts and Letters at Cal State LA further cements its position as a powerhouse of creativity, diversity, and journalistic brilliance.