Grantee News

Santa Monica College – The Corsair & Staff Win Several ACP Awards in Clips & Clicks Competition

February 21, 2024

Jason Little

Competition Showcased Work Produced in Fall 2023, Awards Include Two First-Place Awards for Individual Photojournalists

The Golden Globe Foundation supports Santa Monica College students with Journalism Scholarships.

SANTA MONICA, CA—The Santa Monica College (SMC) student-run media outlet The Corsair has won several awards from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) in its Clips & Clicks contest which featured work produced in the Fall 2023 semester. There were 561 submissions from ACP members nationwide. The Corsair and its photojournalists brought home several awards, including two individual first-place awards and a fifth place tie for “Fall 2023 Leader”—top winners from the fall competition—alongside The Daily of University of Washington.

Caylo Seals won first place in the ACP Clips & Clicks competition’s newspaper page/spread category for  “Gone AWOL: Living in an RV Dwelling in Los Angeles”.

The complete list of Corsair wins is as follows:

·        First Place, Newspaper Page/Spread: Caylo Seals for “Gone AWOL: Living in an RV Dwelling in Los Angeles

·        First Place, News Photo:Danniel Sumarkho for “Inkwell Beach Clean up

·        Third Place, Feature Photo: Caylo Seals for “Rebecca Dannenbaum: Seven Years Living in an RV in Los Angeles

·        Honorable Mention, Sports Photo: Caylo Seals for “Failed catch in endzone between rivals USC and UCLA

·        Fifth Place, Fall 2023 Leaders, The Corsair (tie with The Daily of University of Washington)

·        Fifth Place, Design, Newspaper Front PageElizabeth BacherVictor Chambers, Danniel Sumarkho for Living in Community

“The important thing about these wins is that our students, who only have a few semesters of photojournalism experience under their belt, are besting peers from major four-year journalism programs!” said Gerard BurkhartCorsair photojournalism adviser. “I am in continuing awe of their professionalism and dedication to craft.

The Corsair’s Daniel Summarkho won first place in the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Fall 2023 Clips & Clicks contest’s news photo category for “Inkwell Beach Clean up”.

“You can really see the passion and dedication of the student journalists in the SMC Corsair newsroom. They treat it as a calling, a vocation, and not just a class,” said Corsair adviser Sharyn Obsatz. “It’s inspiring to watch them work and to see their efforts recognized by these awards.”

The Corsair advising team includes professors Gerard BurkhartSharyn Obsatz, and Samantha Nuñez.

The Corsair staff produces a bi-weekly newspaper in the spring and fall semesters, currently available on, online at Follow The Corsair on Instagram @corsairnews. Learn more about Santa Monica College’s journalism program—including an Associate of Arts for Transfer in Journalism, and an Associate of Arts in Journalism (Multimedia Storytelling)—at

Associated Collegiate Press, with more than 570 members, is a national community of collegiate journalists and collegiate-journalism advisers. Associated Collegiate Press provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries. A division of National Scholastic Press Association, founded in 1921, ACP is based and incorporated in Minnesota as a non-profit educational association. Learn more at

Santa Monica College is a California Community College accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (ACCJC).

Recent Articles


Lollipop’s 6th Annual Superhero Reveal Featured on Good Day LA

May 22, 2024

NFMLA Virtual Conversation | Chasing Chasing Amy and LGBTQ+ Film Culture

May 21, 2024

NFMLA Virtual Conversation | Femme (2023) and Feature Filmmaking

May 21, 2024