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A consistent award-winner that offers students a platform for developing their skills as researchers and writers, The Youngtown Edition at County College of Morris (CCM) has added four more awards to its long list of accolades from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association.

Competing in the two-year college category, the student-run newspaper won two second place and two third place awards for its 2021-22 editions. Second place awards were presented in the Arts & Entertainment/Critical Writing and Feature Writing category for an article on Netflix’s hit Squid Game by Laura San Roman, of Denville, and in Feature Writing for a piece on streaming platforms and their impact on cinemas by Cameron Marns, of Hopatcong. Third place awards were presented in Coronavirus Coverage for an opinion piece on the safety of Covid-19 vaccines by Sidney Brodsky, of West Orange, and Enterprise/Investigative Reporting for an article on a Rwandan genocide survivor and CCM students working with New Jersey artists to gain real-world experience by Matthew Agnelli, of Morristown.

The Youngtown Edition has been published at CCM every semester since 1968 and consistently wins in this competition. Over the last five years, it has won more than a dozen awards. Brodsky served as editor in chief during the Spring 2021 Semester and Danielle Pecci ,of Denville, worked in that role the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 semesters. Serving as faculty advisor is Dr. Kenneth Shouler, professor of philosophy and a widely published author whose books include “The Everything Guide to Understanding Philosophy” and “Total Basketball: The Ultimate Basketball Encyclopedia.”

The mission of the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association, which is part of the New Jersey Press Foundation, is to advance the prestige and integrity of New Jersey’s college newspapers.