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KSC Student Newspaper Wins 15 Journalist Awards

Keene, N.H., 4/11/08 - The Society for Collegiate Journalists (SJC) has announced that the Keene State College student newspaper, The Equinox, received 15 awards in the national 2007 SJC competition, including second place for overall excellence for weekly newspapers. Eastern Illinois University was the only school to capture more awards (19).

The national SCJ judges described The Equinox as having “good newsy front pages with a good mix of campus and community news, even with a national touch.”

Along with the overall excellence award, The Equinox staff collected 14 additional awards in 11 categories of news coverage, opinion writing, photography, and graphic and page design.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is a national society of collegiate mass communications. With more than 100 college and university chapters, it is the nation’s oldest organization designed solely to serve college journalists. The KSC chapter activated in April 2007 with 21 members who received journalistic inspiration from Keene Sentinel editor James Rousmaniere and Pulitzer Prize-winner Thomas Oliphant. The entries were submitted on behalf of The Equinox by the KSC chapter of SCJ.

“I am so proud of KSC journalism students and Equinox members,” said Marianne Salcetti, adviser of the KSC chapter of SCJ. “This is now the second year KSC journalism students have been recognized for their journalistic stature; KSC journalism students are a force to reckon with.”

The Equinox is a weekly broadsheet newspaper that is entirely student- produced. It has been publishing since 1929. Award winners are:

Overall Excellence (weekly and less often): Second place, The Equinox

News Stories: Honorable mention, “Development on Wetlands Causing Campus Flooding,” Mike Pezone ‘07

Editorials: Third place, “Why the N.H. Primary Is Important to Students,” Amy Augustine ‘07

Spot or Hard News: Third place, “Sox Rioters Could Face Disciplinary Action,” Joe Astrouski

Continuing Coverage: Second place, “KSC Drug Testing,” Randy Booth ‘09, Jeremie Smith ‘08; third place, “Controversial Religious Group,” Karen Brosz ‘08, Meghan Foley ‘08

Sports Features: Third place, “Sports Memorabilia: Sidestepping the Swindlers,” Keith O’Neil ‘08

News Photography: First place, “Bearly Wild,” JJ Prior ‘08; third place, “Gut Wrenching,” JJ Prior ‘08

Graphic Illustration: Third place,”Mayoral Match-Up,” Jack Earl ‘08; honorable mention, “Voter Insert,” Jack Earl ‘08, Amy Augustine ‘07

Front-Page Layout: Honorable mention, Oct. 4, 2008, “Same Party, Different Stances,” Mike Pezone ‘07, Randy Booth ‘09

Photo Essay: Third place, “So lo que es possible!” JJ Prior ‘08

Sports Page: Second place, “The Unhoosual Suspects,” Randy Booth ‘09, Julio Del Sesto ‘07, JJ Prior ‘08

Inside Page Design, Soft News: Honorable mention, Keene Pumpkin Festival, Randy Booth ‘09, JJ Prior ‘08.

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