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Date: May 30, 2007
Hofstra Journalism Students Earn Top Honors at Competition
Students Place First and Second in Five Categories at The Newsday School Journalism AwardsHofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Hofstra’s School of Communication journalism students Chris Vaccaro, Natasha Clark, Jesse Webster, Amanda DeCamp, Margaret Harvlyruk, Holly Nikeodem, Ashley Gray, Jacqueline Hlavenka and Mike Sisak took 4 first and 2 second place awards at The Newsday School of Journalism Awards for the 2005-2006 competition, more than any other Long Island college in the competition.
The competition is open to all middle, high school and college newspapers in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The applicants compete in eight categories: news writing, feature writing, commentary, sports writing, local news/history, editorial cartooning, photography, typography and layout. The submitted entries are judged by Newsday journalist, artists, and photographers.
In the Feature Writing category Margaret Harvlyruk’s article “The Usual Suspects” placed first while Holly Nikeodem’s piece “Life is a Joke” took second place. Chris Vaccaro took first place in the Sports Writing category with “Fourth and Goal” and Natasha Clark placed second in the Local News/History category for her “Momma Mentors” piece. Pulse magazine, Hofstra’s School of Communication magazine, was honored in two categories. Jesse Webster, Amanda DeCamp, Margaret Harvlyruk took first honors in the Typography & Layout category for their work on Pulse and Ashley Gray, Jacqueline Hlavenka and Mike Sisak also took first honors in the Photography category for their work with the magazine.
“This is very exciting for students, who conceived of, reported, wrote, photographed and laid out these stories on their own,” said Carol Fletcher, an Associate Professor in the Journalism department. “I'm immensely proud of our students, and I am sure that for all of them, these honors represent only the beginning of many accolades they will earn throughout their careers.”
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students find their edge to succeed in more than 140 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law. The Hofstra community is driven, dynamic and energetic, helping students find and focus their strengths to prepare them for a successful future.