CCM’s student newspaper, The Youngtown Edition, was awarded a Silver Medal by The Columbia Scholastic Press Association for its work in the 2008-2009 school year. The Youngtown has been participating in this contest for ten years and has won two gold medals as well as several silver and bronze medals.
The CSPA, a department of Columbia University, was established in 1925 with hopes of improving student publications. Each publication is evaluated and judged on a number of criteria. The Youngtown was cited for several features, including its entertainment section, which was praised for “reader engagement and interest.”
“This is a wonderful publication, with opportunity for more growth,” one judge commented. There are many people to credit for the success of the Youngtown, including Editor in Chief Frank Blaha, Managing Editor Tori Finn, Advisor Professor Matthew Ayres, Coordinator Dr. Noel Robinson and the entire Youngtown staff.
“This is a very good honor for the Youngtown because it is a very thorough and comprehensive evaluation of the paper,” said Robinson. “We can be very proud of the Youngtown and its editors.
“I’m proud of the students and anyone who is part of the Youngtown,” said Ayres. “This award is a testament to all their hard work. All past and present contributors should be very proud of this wonderful achievement.”