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College VOICE Student Newspaper Wins 15 State Awards; Brings Total to 21 for Banner 2009-10 Year


West 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.

Staff 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.

Winners 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."

See the latest edition of the College VOICE online here.

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