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The Youngtown Edition, CCM’s Student Newspaper, Wins Seven NJCPA Awards

Includes Two First-Place Honors in College Newspaper Contest - Posted 4/9/13
Already a big winner this year, The Youngtown Edition, the County College of Morris (CCM) student newspaper, will be receiving even more hardware soon.

The New Jersey Collegiate Press Association has announced the publication has been selected for seven awards – including two first-place honors – in the 2012-2013 College Newspaper Contest. That total also includes a third place in the General Excellence category.

“The student editors at The Youngtown Edition work tirelessly to produce the best news product on a biweekly basis,” says John Soltes, instructor of Journalism, English and Philosophy who is the faculty advisor to the Youngtown. “Their work has been inspiring and dedicated. These recent state-level honors prove that the Youngtown is at the forefront of the collegiate press in New Jersey. Congratulations to all of the students on their well-earned accolades.”

Each award category is divided into two classifications, one for four-year colleges and the other for two-year colleges. Youngtown took home seven total awards for two-year colleges.

The newspaper’s staff, led by editor in chief Khushbu Kapadia of Kinnelon, won first place in Layout & Design for the February 20, 2013, edition. Also winning top billing was Daniel Chardon of Pompton Plains, who tied for first place in Biography/Personality Profile for the article “Engineering Science Student Plots Rover Mission to Mars.”

Ricki Sanchez of Hopatcong tied for second in News Writing for the article “Car Fire Leaves Students with Unanswered Questions.” Melissa Dellacato of Oak Ridge and Anthony Tobar of Dover also took home second-place awards. Dellacato tied for second in Feature Writing for “Losing My Religion,” while Tobar received honors in Sports Writing for “Men’s Basketball Team Changes Personnel, But Holds on to Competitive Spirit and Determination.” Leda Costa of Montville was honored with third place in Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for “Shocking Statistic Takes over CCM.”

The publication itself received third place in the General Excellence category for the October 10, 2012, and February 20, 2013, editions.

That honor is the second prestigious award the publication has garnered this year. Youngtown earned Gold Medalist Status from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in recognition of its overall excellence earlier this year. It was the fourth time the newspaper has achieved the status. The award is one of the highest honors given by CSPA, the nation’s premiere journalism rating system for college newspapers.

The New Jersey Collegiate Press Association was created in 1996 with grants from the New Jersey Press Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the New Jersey Press Association, and a private donor. Winners of the 2012-13 contest will be honored at the organization’s Spring Awards Program and Luncheon on April 20 at the Courtyard Marriott Cranbury-South Brunswick.

A full list of winners can be found here.