CCM Journalists Win State Awards

The County College of Morris student newspaper added to its collection of award-winning journalism with four New Jersey Collegiate Press Association awards for 2016-2017.

In addition, Derek Allen, former editor in chief of The Youngtown Edition, and CCM alumnus and faculty advisor Russ Crespolini were honored with New Jersey Press Association Awards.

A consistent award winner, the newspaper was awarded second place in the two-year college category for General Excellence in the NJCPA competition for the second consecutive year. The NJCPA’s New Jersey College Newspaper Contest is judged by professional journalists in the state. A number of individual writers also received NJPCA awards.

Longtime Youngtown copy editor Marisa Goglia won a first place award for her biography/personality profile piece titled, “CCM Spotlight: Gender club founder on campus for a cause.” Goglia was joined in the first place slot with Sports Editor Brett Friedensohn’s piece “Shooting hoops to ‘Kill Cancer.” The final individual award of the year was a third place victory for Managing Editor Amanda Aller’s arts and entertainment feature “Timeless ‘West Side Story’ comes to CCM.”

 Editor-in-Chief Beth Peter said she was pleased with the recognition, especially for the particular individuals who were honored.

 “It’s exciting to see so many writers who have been consistently putting in the time and work get recognized,” she said. “I’m really proud of Marisa, Brett, Amanda and the whole team.”

Crespolini said what he looks forward to every year with these particular awards is seeing where on the spectrum the honors fall.

“I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating, “The Youngtown,’’ is a perennial award-winning paper, but the categories for which it receives marks for high achievement changes from year to year,” Crespolini said. “And that is because we are always welcoming in new people with new ideas and new focus as we lose others to graduation and transfer. With a two-year school, you have a lot of turnover.”

Crespolini noted that the differences between award seasons are night and day. He said, beyond the turnover of staff, this can also be attributed to it being a truly student run newspaper.

 “They call the shots; they decide where they want to focus their energies and that makes for a very dynamic product that is constantly recognized,” he said.

Crespolini said that now is an exciting time in journalism. “We are seeing a heightened interest in the field now since the November election,” Crespolini said. “And it is really gratifying to see so many people connected to the Youngtown and to CCM getting recognition for their work.”

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