A consistent award-winner, The Youngtown Edition, the County College of Morris (CCM) student newspaper, recently earned Gold Medalist Status from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in recognition of its overall excellence.
This is the fourth time the newspaper has achieved this status. The award is one of the highest honors given by CSPA, the nation’s premiere journalism rating system for college newspapers.
“We’re very proud of the work our student journalists produce and the honors they continue to earn each year,” said Dr. Edward J. Yaw, president of CCM. “Producing a quality newspaper requires commitment, talent and a lot of hard work. Winning these awards, our students and their faculty advisers over the years have helped to further elevate the quality of our journalism and communications programs."
The award was presented for the newspaper editions produced during academic year 2011-12. The faculty advisor for the newspaper is John Soltes, an award-winning journalist and a former fellow in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight Initiative on the Future of Journalism Education.
Included among the many awards presented to the paper, Youngtown in 2010 was awarded All-Columbian Honors for Writing and Editing, Graphic Presentation and Business Operations. All-Columbian Honors are given when a publication is ranked in the 95th percentile or higher in each category.
Published every semester since 1968, Youngtown also has won more awards from the New Jersey Press Association than any other two-year or four-year college newspaper in the state over the last 12 years.