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CCM Student Newspaper Wins Prestigious Press Award

Premiere Journalism Association Honors Publication with Fifth Gold Medal - Posted 10/30/13
The Youngtown Edition, the County College of Morris (CCM) student newspaper, is golden once again.

For the fifth time, the publication has garnered Gold Medalist Status from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in recognition of its overall excellence. The award is one of the highest honors given by CSPA, the nation’s premiere journalism rating system for college newspapers.

“The recent gold medal from the CSPA is a great accomplishment for the student editors of The Youngtown Edition,” says Youngtown advisor John Soltes, instructor of Communication and an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times, New Jersey Monthly and The Hollywood Reporter. “The staff, which has grown each semester in the last year, is dedicated to bringing the best news product to the CCM community. They work tirelessly on reporting, writing, designing, photographing and editing. It’s great to see their excellence awarded by such a prestigious organization.”

The honor was awarded for editions produced during academic year 2012-13.

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. The publication also won seven awards from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association in its 2012-2013 College Newspaper Contest.