Investigative reporting by MCJ alum wins national journalism award

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Investigative reporting by MCJ alum wins national journalism award

Jeanine Michelle Fiser, of Hanford, a 2016 Fresno State graduate with a bachelor’s degree in media, communications and journalism, won The Newspaper Guild‘s prestigious David S. Barr Award. The national honor, which will be presented to her Dec. 7 in Washington, D.C., is awarded to student journalists who focus on social justice issues. Fiser wrote a package of investigative articles for the Sanger Herald reporting the case of an unarmed ex-Marine who was gunned down by police officers. She had already won several other awards of distinction for the project, including a Gruner Award for Public Service Journalism and Best Investigative Reporting from the California Newspaper Publishers Association.  The CNPA honor marked the first time a community journalism student won that award, said professor Gary Rice. Fiser, who was the department’s outstanding graduate in May and a runner up for the Dean’s Medal, is now attending Loyola-Marymount University in Los Angeles and pursuing a master of fine arts degree in film and television production. She will receive the award next week to during a ceremony at the News Guild Union Headquarters in the nation’s capital.