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Hofstra Student Journalists Dominate in News Competitions

Jun 10 • Faculty, Honors College, Journalism, Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, Media Studies, Radio, Social Media, WRHU • 1409 Views • Comments Off

Student journalists and media outlets from the Hofstra School of Communication won 20 awards from the Press Club of Long Island and the Associated Press, often besting professional journalists in major media markets.

WRHU Radio 88.7 FM, Hofstra’s student-run radio station, won six first-place awards in the professional radio category in the 2013 Press Club of Long Island competition for government/politics, in-depth reporting, neighborhood/community, sports feature, profile, and sports news.

The radio station also took first place for best regularly scheduled news program in the college category at this year’s New York State Associated Press Broadcasters Association’s competition; students Bill Goodenough, Ashley Armstrong, and Dennis Foley won for their October 2012 work on the “Newsline” program.

Several SOC faculty members also won in various categories, including Assistant Professor Daniel Van Benthuysen  who placed first in the arts category for his work in Village Connection magazine.

Other winners of 2013 Press Club of Long Island awards include:

  • WRHU Radio Hofstra’s “Newsline” program swept first, second and third-place awards for best college news radio broadcast, and also won first place for best radio college sports reporting for the program “Locker Room.”
  •  “Planet of the Octopuses” by Max Knoblauch ’14 in Hofstra Pulse Magazine won second place in the professional category for best humor piece, and first place in the student journalism category for best college feature story.
  • Junior Jeanine Russaw’s piece “Active Minds Engages in National Day Without Stigma” in the Hofstra Chronicle won third place in best college feature story.
  • Alycia Powers, MA ’13, of Hofstra’s student-run news website, Long Island Report (LIR), won first place in best radio college news story for her piece on journalist Marie Colvin, a Long Island native who was killed on assignment in Syria.   LIR also won awards for narrative/college news story and video/college news and feature packages.   The site, which operates under the guidance of Assistant Professor Kelly Fincham,   won third place for best news website in the professional category.
  • Adjunct professors including local journalists Sandra Peddie of Newsday, Scott Brinton of the Merrick Herald, and 2007 alumnus Chris Vaccaro also won for their work.   Vaccaro won first place for best use of social media by an individual for his live coverage of the 2012 Olympics, and second place for best use of Twitter for his work at @SachemReport.

A complete list of Hofstra PCLI winners can be found here.

The awards follow on the heels of other recent wins by School of Communication students including the Fox News Channel College Challenge, Mark of Excellence Award from the Society for Professional Journalists, and the Folio Award for Best Newscast from the Fair Media Council.

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