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Student Journalists find their VOICE at ACP Awards in Kentucky

11/9/18


Members of The College Voice and faculty advisor Dr. Matthew J. Kochis (second from right) pose at the 2018 ACP awards in Louisville, KY.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Working tirelessly to publish eight newspapers through the fall semester, Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) staff from The College VOICE was recognized for its efforts at the 2018 College Media Association awards.

Held in conjunction with the Associated College Press (ACP) and hosted at the Galt House in Louisville, KY, students from the college’s paper secured two awards.

The first was an ACP Pacemaker honorable mention for Story of the Year which fell in the diversity category. Student journalists Sean O’Connor, Drew Mumich, Maria Ramos and Griffin Jones were awarded for their three-part series called March for Our Lives.

Published last spring, the VOICE’s set of stories focused on the protests and awareness campaigns of the same name that took place in Princeton, New York City and Washington DC. The student-led demonstrations were centered around gun control following the events of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting.

The students were also honored with the 8th place Best of Show award for their first issue of the Fall 2018 semester. The cover story focused on the election of Reed Gusciora, the City of Trenton’s first openly gay mayor.

Also sharing in the festivities was the VOICE’s faculty advisor Dr. Matthew J. Kochis. Kochis, an Assistant Professor of English and Journalism, was the recipient of the Honor Roll Newspaper Advisor Award at a 2-year college or University. Advising the paper since 2015, Kochis has seen the Voice win dozens of awards on statewide and national levels.

Also present was Caitlin Clarke, the Voice’s sports editor, who called the trip a resounding success in terms of both awards and professional development. The students also sat in on workshop sessions covering topics from pitching stories to graphic design.

“The sessions were all led by professionals in the journalism field,” Clarke said. “As a student, it’s helpful to hear from people who do this work.”

She added that meeting and mingling with students from other colleges and universities helped spark ideas of new things the VOICE could implement. “We also had a chance to talk to students from other schools and learn what they do at their schools, possibly things we want to do here.”

Regarding the trip as a whole, Clarke noted that she never expected to find so many opportunities at a community college. “I am involved in things at Mercer I never would have the chance to do,” she said.

The College VOICE is always looking for writers, editors, designers, photographers and more to join the staff. To volunteer, or for further details, contact the newspaper by email at mcccvoice@gmail.com or phone 609-570-3852.

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