About us

Viewpoints is the student-run newspaper of Riverside City College. Our students are taught from day one that journalism is a public service that is essential to our democracy and society. Ethical standards, unbiased reporting and accountability are central to the content produced by the Viewpoints staff, which serves not only RCC, but the Riverside Community College District and its surrounding area.

Students enrolled in the RCC journalism program have provided these services since 1922, earning hundreds of awards along the way and establishing a legacy of excellence in print and online collegiate journalism. Throughout the trials our society has seen over the past year, the Viewpoints staff has reported from the front lines of local social movements, followed pandemic-related college developments and remains committed to providing important coverage of the issues that affect our fellow students and community members.

Our journalism program offers an associate’s degree in Journalism that prepares students for university transfer, as well as an emphasis on communications, media and languages. Viewpoints staff members receive hands-on experience in news, sports, opinions and features writing, photography, videography, illustration, copyediting and print page design. View the Join Viewpoints page for more information.

Besides the hands-on experience and opportunity to begin a portfolio of published work, Viewpoints students learn real-life communication skills and work as part of a close-knit team of peers from a diverse set of backgrounds. The skill sets that committed staff members take with them to universities and beyond can lead to a variety of multimedia journalism careers.

Our students’ dedication to news coverage throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has most recently allowed us membership in the Democracy and the Informed Citizen Journalism Fellowship and earned us exceptional recognition at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges Fall 2020 Conference. But our extensive awards catalog was amassed throughout decades of hard work:

  • 12 awards at the JACC Fall 2020 Conference, including Online General Excellence and two individual student first place awards for a feature photo and environmental portrait
  • A total of over 300 JACC individual awards since 1996 and over 30 General Excellence awards, as well as a State Pacemaker and Best College Newspaper in Southern California award
  • 52 Society of Professional Journalists awards
  • 13 Associated Collegiate Press awards, including five annual All American awards, three National Best in Show newspaper awards, three National Story of the Year awards, and two National Pacemaker awards
  • Four College Media Association awards
  • Three Los Angeles Times College Newspaper Overall Excellence awards
  • A California Newspaper Publishers Association Best Writing award

Look to Viewpoints to keep you informed on where our community is headed through these unprecedented times.

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