CCAC student newspaper receives numerous state media awards, including four first-place awards

Article by: CCAC Public Relations

CCAC Voice staffPITTSBURGH-The Community College of Allegheny County recently brought home state awards for excellence in student journalism. The Voice student newspaper of CCAC North Campus and West Hills Center is the recipient of multiple 2019 Student Keystone Press Awards (Division III), including four first-place awards.

The Voice won double the number of awards this year (15) compared to the number received in 2018 and has won more Keystone Student Press Awards (38 in the past four years) than any other community college in Pennsylvania. Also of note, The Voice completely swept the Cartoon/Graphic Illustration category, and the newspaper has been recognized in the General News category for four years straight.

The newspaper is entirely student-led and staffed by student volunteers, who do all the writing, editing, researching and page design. It is also self-funded through advertising revenue, not from CCAC or student fees, according to Rob Velella, administrative club leader who oversees the publication.

"I'm really proud of these students and how hard they work," said Velella. "Few of them aspire to be professional journalists, but this experience provides them with opportunities to develop transferable skills, from writing and editing to teamwork and meeting deadlines. It's a high quality, high integrity organization with an exceptional product."

The Voice received the following first-place awards: Sports Story: NA volleyball goes undefeated by Rebekah Waldron; Review: Bright hardly shines by Ivan Weis-Palacios; News Photo: North Campus opens food pantry by Jennifer Groll; Cartoon/Graphic Illustration: NFL protests where it stands, Comic legend Stan Lee dies at 95, and CCAC encourages students to register to vote by Eva Koumoundouros. Note: the Cartoon/Graphic Illustration and Editorial categories require three submissions for one nomination to be considered.

The Voice also received the following second-place awards: General News: Fate of local Sheetz uncertain by Aidan Segal; Review: Oxenfree is a breath of fresh air by Alexandra Gray; Cartoon/Graphic Illustration: Sports injuries take a toll on the brain, Time: Friend or Foe?, and Pennsylvania celebrates winemaking by Holly Painter; Feature Photo: Virtual reality gives North a new dimension by Morgan Cuda; Photo Story: Honoring veterans through blood donation by Jenna Korth; Single Page Layout and Design: Pennsylvania celebrates winemaking by Voice Staff. 

In addition, The Voice received the following Honorable Mentions: Editorial: Maybe, journalism needs a reformation, Kanye West thinks for himself (and so should we), and The Longest Hatred by Aidan Segal; Sports Story: Boston fights for City of Champions title by William Zytnick; Cartoon/Graphic Illustration: Pirates continue tradition of mediocrity, Boston fights for City of Champions title, and Steelers move on without Bell by Robin Cleary; Feature Photo: Online learning is growing on campus, students seek success in virtual studies by Claire Kleffman; News Photo: Fate of local Sheetz uncertain by Andrew Cardone.

Sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation, the Student Keystone Press Awards contest recognizes high school and college journalism that provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers. Winners will be honored at the Student Keystone Press Awards Luncheon during the America East Media Business & Technology Conference on April 3, 2019, in Hershey, Pa

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