VOICE Student Newspaper Wins 15 State Awards; Brings Total
to 21 for Banner 2009-10 Year
Windsor, N.J. - The College VOICE, the student newspaper
of Mercer County Community College, has added 15 awards from
the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association (NJCPA) to the
six previously announced by the Society for Professional Journalists
for its stellar reporting during the 2009-10 academic year.
NJCPA's annual statewide competition is judged by professionals
in the journalism field. (Announcement of the awards was delayed
until September, 2010.)
For the second consecutive year, the VOICE received
the General Excellence award for a two-year, non-daily publication,
as well as four first place prizes awarded to: Dmitry Gurvits,
Matt White, Sara Gatling and Veronic Furman for Deadline Reporting;
Dmitry Gurvits for Biography/Personality Profile; Chris Szakolczai
for General Photography; and Sandra Isaac for Sports Photography.
members won seven second place awards including: Dmitry Gurvits
for News Writing; Amber Zahn for Feature Writing; Matt Williams
for Column/Opinion Writing; Peter Cosma for Sports Writing;
and DeChele Covington for Investigative Reporting; Matthew
Freedman earned second place for Sports Photography and Gurvitz
for General Photography.
This year's College VOICE staff follows in the footsteps of
the award-winning reporting and production team from 2009-10.
Pictured at the VOICE's first 5K Run-Walk for the First Amendment
on Oct. 2 are, front row, from left, students Judy Henry,
Laura Pollack, Sara Gatling and Miki Reed; back row, from
left, faculty member Diane Rizzo, students Tim Hester, Daniela
Rocha, Dmitry Gurvits and Kelly Smith, and VOICE advisors
and faculty members Holly Johnson and Michael Dalton.
of third place awards were: Matt Williams for News Writing; Sara
Gatling for Column/Opinion Writing; and CJ Harker for General Photography.
According to Holly Johnson, professor of English and faculty advisor
to The College VOICE, most of the winners had not had prior
experience in reporting or photojournalism before joining the MCCC
newspaper staff. She notes that they carried out their duties while
juggling outside jobs and school responsibilities.
"I am very proud of them," Johnson said. "Many VOICE
staffers and alumni are using their experience to propel their academic
and professional careers. Among Mercer's strongest students, they
are thoughtful and highly engaged both on and off campus. They are
ambitious enough to go after the big stories and cover them well,
which makes advising them truly rewarding."
the latest edition of the College VOICE online here.
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