Better College Newspaper Contest, 2005

The New Jersey Press Association's Editorial Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2005 Better College Newspaper Contest.

The winners were honored at the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association's Spring Conference on Thursday, March 30, 2006, at the Trenton Marriott Hotel, Lafayette Street, Trenton, N.J. The judges' comments on the entries were distributed to the colleges at the conference.

The keynote speaker for the luncheon was Mark Goodman, executive director of the Student Press Law Center.

A record 21 colleges submitted 338 entries in January 2006. The contest was judged in February by active or former editors, writers and photographers from newspapers that are members of the New Jersey Press Association.

Our warmest congratulations to all of the winners! We thank all of those who entered the competition.

CONTEST RESULTS

FOUR YEAR COLLEGES

News Writing
34 Entries

First Place: Christian Burset and Chanakya Sethi, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Second Place: Jessica Havery, The Montclarion, Montclair State University

Third Place: Chanakya Sethi, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Honorable Mentions: Cara Latham, The Rider News, Rider University; Tom Senn, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Feature Writing
33 Entries

First Place: Stephen Stirling, The Whit, Rowan University

Second Place: Sandy Zaeh, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Third Place: David Maccar, The Rider News, Rider University

Honorable Mentions: Daniela Flores, The Signal, The College of New Jersey; Paige Nestel, The Signal, The College of New Jersey

Opinion Writing
33 Entries

First Place: Thomas Bohnett, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Second Place: David Gurney, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Third Place: Liz Zelinski, The Whit, Rowan University

Honorable Mentions: Lacey Korevec, The Rider News, Rider University; Sergio R. Bichao, The Observer, Rutgers-Newark; Staff, The Acorn, Drew University

Sports Writing
24 Entries

First Place: David Gurney, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Second Place: Mike Gallo, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Third Place: Evan Swan, The Setonian, Seton Hall University

Honorable Mentions: Eddie Occhipinti, The Outlook, Monmouth University; Rick Petzold, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Arts and Entertainment/Critical Writing
31 Entries

First Place: Chris Dela Cruz, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Second Place: Jessica Ercolino, Pioneer Times, William Paterson University

Third Place: Lauren Lazaruk, The Whit, Rowan University

Honorable Mentions: Katelyn McCormick, The Signal, The College of New Jersey; Brent Johnson, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Enterprise/Investigative Reporting
23 Entries

First Place: Neir Eshel, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Second Place: Elizabeth Hendler, The Setonian, Seton Hall University

Third Place: Mike New, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Honorable Mention: Charlie Olsen, The Rider News, Rider University

Photography
25 Entries

First Place: Cristina Villaflor, The Gothic Times, New Jersey City University

Second Place (tie): Nick Vasta, The Signal, The College of New Jersey; Kari Post, The Signal, The College of New Jersey

Third Place: Celene Chang, The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Honorable Mentions: Natassia Davis, Montclarion, Montclair State University; Onnie Koski, The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Layout and Design
11 Entries

First Place: The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

Second Place: The Acorn, Drew University

Third Place: The Rider News, Rider University

Honorable Mention: The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

General Excellence
12 Entries

First Place: The Rider News, Rider University

Second Place: The Daily Targum, Rutgers University

Third Place: The Setonian, Seton Hall University

Honorable Mentions: The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University; The Gothic Times, New Jersey City University

Sweepstakes Trophy

The Daily Princetonian, Princeton University

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CONTEST RESULTS

TWO YEAR COLLEGES

News Writing
16 Entries

First Place: Kate MacQueen, The Record, Raritan Valley Community College

Second Place: Gloria Zitkus, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Third Place: Judith Buckingham and Sarah Oughton, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Honorable Mentions: Alanna Peinsod, The Record, Raritan Valley Community College; Jim Williams, The Voice, Cumberland County Community College

Feature Writing
18 Entries

First Place: Judith Buckingham, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Second Place: Alicia Hartgrove and Rebekah Zumwalt, Atlantic Cape Review, Atlantic Cape Community College

Third Place: Brad Wiswall; Viking News, Ocean County College

Honorable Mentions: Jennifer Errickson, The Voice, Cumberland County College; Natalia Arango, Visions, Passaic County Communty College

Opinion Writing
17 Entries

First Place: Grace Weschler, Atlantic Cape Review, Atlantic Cape Community College

Second Place: Natalia Arango, Visions, Passaic County College

Third Place: Rebekah Zumwalt, Atlantic Cape Review, Atlantic Cape Community College

Sports Writing
7 Entries

First Place: Doug Rush, Viking News, Ocean County College

Second Place: Gloria Zitkus, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Third Place: Billy Jahn, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Honorable Mention: Michael Sicilia, Viking News, Ocean County College

Arts and Entertainment/Critical Writing
20 Entries

First Place: Jason B. Trawinski and Vanessa Clarke, The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

Second Place: Kristina Mondo and BJ Nelson, Viking News, Ocean County College

Third Place: Dawn Iris West and John Calloway Jackson, Visions, Passaic County Community College

Enterprise/Investigative Reporting
8 Entries

First Place: Jason Murray, Lisa Ahlers and Norma Geving; The Campus Racket, Warren County Community College

Second Place: Risa Pappas, The Voice, Cumberland County College

Photography
11 Entries

First Place: Trinee Smith, The Voice, Cumberland County College

Second Place: Doug Rush, Viking News, Ocean County College

Third Place: Alberto D. Moralels, Viking News, Ocean County College

Honorable Mention: Sue Lynn Ramos, The Voice, Cumberland County College

Layout and Design
7 Entries

First Place: Campus Press, Camden County College

Second Place: The Voice, Cumberland County College

Third Place: Viking News, Ocean County College

Honorable Mentions: Visions, Passaic County College; The Record, Raritan Valley Community College

General Excellence
8 Entries

First Place: The Record, Raritan Valley Community College

Second Place: Campus Press, Camden County College

Third Place: Atlantic Cape Review, Atlantic Cape Community College

Honorable Mention: Visions, Passaic County College

Sweepstakes Trophy

The Youngtown Edition, County College of Morris

CONTEST JUDGES

News Writing - Scott Muller, news editor, Herald News, West Paterson; Adaline Adams, metro editor, The Times of Trenton

Feature Writing - Ray Ollwerther, former executive editor, Home News Tribune; Kelly Nicholaides, editor, Town News, Ridgewood

Opinion Writing - Mark Rosman, managing editor, Greater Media Newspapers, Freehold; Larry Benjamin, editorial writer, Asbury Park Press, Neptune

Sports Writing - Ed Kensik, former sports editor, North Jersey Media Group, West Paterson

Arts & Entertainment Writing - Len Fisher, former associate editor, The Star-Ledger; and Robert Comstock, former editor, The Record (Bergen County)

Enterprise/Investigative Reporting - Clyde Leib, fomer managing editor, The Trentonian

Photography - Jennifer Chciuk, Karen Trachtenberg, Diane Driggs and Kit Cone, The West Essex Tribune, Livingston

Layout and Design - Ray Tuers, former managing editor, Asbury Park Press, Neptune

General Excellence - Dennis Lyons, editor, Daily Record, Parsippany; Glenn Garvie, vice president-production, North Jersey Media Group, West Paterson

SPECIAL NOTE: The contest judges were given the option of awarding ties and one or more honorable mentions, as well as to withhold awarding prizes. All decisions are based on their judgment of the quality of the entries.

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