Rowan University?s Newspaper Staff Captures 11 Awards

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The staff of Rowan University's college newspaper, The Whit, earned 11 awards from two separate organizations.

The paper won a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the nation

The staff of Rowan University's college newspaper, The Whit, earned 11 awards from two separate organizations.

The paper won a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, the nation's oldest and most prestigious evaluator of student publications. The award, which was given based on an in-depth critique of last year's issues, recognizes outstanding collegiate newspaper reporting, editing and design throughout the country.

TheWhit also was awarded third place in the general excellence category by the New Jersey Press Association in the 2001 Better College Newspaper contest. In addition to the overall honor, the staff earned nine individual awards, more than any other college newspaper. Joseph Checkler, of Toms River, captured first place honors in sports writing while Judson Berger, Farmingdale, took first place in the arts and entertainment category. Michelle Wetzel, Pilesgrove, garnered a second place finish in opinion writing, a third place finish in enterprise/investigative reporting and two honorable mentions. Dan Seymour, Leonia, and Jennifer Busa, Collingswood, also received honorable mention awards.

<+>The Gold Medal from Columbia is a wonderful stamp of approval considering the tremendous effort these students make, week after week, to get the paper out. As for the NJPA awards, I'm thrilled because we compete against campus dailies from universities such as Rutgers and Princeton. Winning all of these individual awards tells me we've got great students doing consistently excellent work in many areas.<+>

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