‘Entitled to Equality’ Wins Award of Excellence in Society for News Design Competition

Enterprise reporting project “Entitled to Equality” by TheNewsHouse.com won an Award of Excellence in the Society for News Design’s (SND) Best of Digital Design Creative Competition.  

SND judges awarded honors to less than a quarter of the 4,500 entries from professional media outlets and designers around the world. Only three other outlets were honored in the News Site, Page, App category with “Entitled to Equality” — The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and The Telegraph. 

Syracuse University graduate student Lauren Helmbrecht prepares her equipment to interview Mara McBride and Julia Leary for her “Entitled to Equality” story about high school football players. (Photo by Gavin Liddell)

TheNewsHouse.com is a multimedia news site for Syracuse University to teach practical and digital skills needed for the media industry. Produced in partnership with  WAER-88.3  and  The Stand South Side newspaper,  “Entitled to Equality”  explores how the landmark civil rights legislation Title IX has impacted—and continues to impact—colleges, sports and society at large. 

More than 100 Newhouse students and faculty worked tirelessly as reporters, editors, photographers, designers, videographers, illustrators, social media coordinators and mentors to produce the 17 stories contained in the project. 

The Best of Digital Design Creative Competition honors excellence in visual storytelling, design and journalism produced in 2022. 

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2023 Newhouse Awards

Each spring, the Newhouse School recognizes those students whose dedication, ingenuity, academic excellence and creativity exhibit extraordinary talent and effort. Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Undergraduate Awards

Advertising Awards

Deborah Fink Green Award

Harry D. Meyers Memorial Prize in Advertising

Most Promising Advertising Student

Newhouse Advertising Department Award for Academic Excellence

Newhouse Advertising Student of the Year

Bandier Program Awards

Bandier Leadership Award

Bandier Innovator/Operator Award

Broadcast and Digital Journalism Awards

Don Edwards Broadcast Journalism Award

The Radio-TV-News Power Producer Award

Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Awards

Henry J. Leader Memorial Prize in Editing

Henry J. Wolff Prize

The Samuel V. Kennedy III Award for Newspaper Editing

William Glavin Award for Excellence in Magazine Writing

The John Mitchell Award for Sports Reporting

All Journalism Awards

Bob Heisler Award for Excellence

Photography and Graphic Design Awards

Bertram J. Davis Scholar Award

Dr. Frank Meola Photography Prize

Jeff Licata Photography Award

Kodak Professional Photo Scholarship

Society for News Design/Marshall Matlock Designer of the Year

The Visual Communications Department Prize in Graphic Design

The Visual Communications Department Prize in Immersive Media

The Visual Communications Department Prize in Motion Graphics

The Visual Communications Department Prize Video Production

Public Relations Awards

Julie Mendez Diversity and Inclusion Award in Public Relations

The Public Relations Department Chair Award for Leadership

The Public Relations Public Service Award

The William P. Ehling Award

Television, Radio and Film Awards

Edward L. Hersh Award

Glenn Steinfast Award for Excellence in Documentary Film Production

Gordon J. Alderman Memorial Prize

Irene M. Sholkin Prize in Script Writing

Oscar Micheaux Filmmaking Award

Stan Alten Excellence in Audio Award

The Zach Trifone Love of Life and Music Award

All Undergraduate Majors

Dean’s Service Award

The Beth Mowins ’90 Award in Sports Media

Excellence in Web Development and Coding Award

Mary Zoretski Award

Newhouse First-Year Achievement Award

George Plavocos Award

David Rubin 1st Amendment Prize

Class Marshals

Newhouse Scholars

Graduate Awards

Graduate School Master’s Prize

A. William Bluem Award

Armando Doreste Award

Catherine L. Covert Research Award

Charnice Milton Award for Community Journalism

Oh, The Places You’ll Go Award

Public Relations Certificate of Achievement

The Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Graduate Achievement Award

The William Doescher Outstanding Public Relations Master’s Degree Student

Newhouse Seniors Chelsea Brown and Michaela Walsh Chosen as University Scholars

Chelsea Brown

Seniors Chelsea Brown and Michaela Walsh have been named University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor bestowed by Syracuse University.

Brown studies television, radio and film at the Newhouse School and citizenship and civic engagement at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, while Walsh studies public relations at the Newhouse School and finance at the Whitman School of Management.

Michaela Walsh

They are two of the 12 University Scholars selected this year. Scholars are chosen by a University-wide committee using criteria that include coursework and academic achievement, independent research and creative work, evidence of intellectual growth and/or innovation in their disciplinary field, a personal statement and faculty letters of recommendation.

Newhouse students win in White House Eyes of History contest

Newhouse students represented half of the video winners in this year’s Eyes of History contest—sponsored by The White House News Photographers Association—including a pair of wins each by broadcast and digital journalism junior Nicole Aponte and multimedia, photography and design graduate student Collin Bell for a solo and group project. This contest is held annually to select the best in visual journalism across still, video and multimedia disciplines, with a division exclusively for students.

Winners will be recognized later this year at the Eyes of History Gala.

Congratulations on such a prestigious honor!

1st Place—Averi Coppa and Manuel Serrano, “Standing Still”
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2nd Place—Collin Bell, Caitlin Eddolls and lsaiah Vazquez, “Off the Ice”
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2nd Place—Nicole Aponte, “Micron Computer Chip Plant Forces Clay Neighbors Out”

3rd Place—Nicole Aponte, “A Legen-dairy Teacher”
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2nd Place—Collin Bell, “Kay and Mal”
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Newhouse victorious with 30 wins at BEA Festival of Media Arts

Newhouse School students and projects had a phenomenal showing at the 2022 BEA Festival of Media Arts with 30 award winners, including a Best of Festival honor for the Entitled to Equality project and five 1st Place honors across the Interactive, Sports and News divisions.

The school’s tally this year easily tops the 17 winners from 2021 and also places the students among the top 20 percent of the contest’s 1,650 entries. 

BEA will recognize the students again on April 16 and 17 during the BEA2023 Convention in Las Vegas.

   Congratulations on an amazing job!

Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies division 

Best of Festival: Entitled to Equality; The Entitled to Equality Staff, (Website Category) 

Multimedia Storytelling

  1st Place: Aloha ʻāina; Kate Brennan

  2nd Place: The 5 O’Clock Project; JT Coupal, Jillian LeVeille, Emily Baird
and Gillian Follett 


  1st Place: Entitled to Equality; The Entitled to Equality Staff

  2nd Place: Salt City Harvest Farm; The Pixels and Print Staff

News division

Radio Feature Reporting 

 1st Place: Manning up for Women’s Rights by Lizzy Reardon

Television Short Feature News Reporting

  3rd Place: Syracuse University Freshman Chases Win on American Ninja Warrior by Louise Rath 

Television Long Feature News Reporting

  3rd Place: Dancing Queens and Their King by Nicole Aponte

Television News Anchor

  3rd Place: Teagan Brown – Anchor

Sports division

Audio Sports Story/Feature/News 

  1st Place: Simon Ryfors’ Journey to the AHL: A Feature Piece for Syracuse Crunch Hockey on ESPN Radio by Jared Johnston

  3rd Place: A New Era by Cameron Ezeir

Audio/Video Sports Event: Play-by-play talent 

  1st Place: Section IV High School Football TV Play-by-Play (WNYO-TV – William Mattar’s Thursday Night Lights, Presented by Speed Global Services) by Trey Redfield

  2nd Place: John Eads Men’s Lacrosse Radio Play-By-Play: Syracuse vs. UNC by John Eads

  Award of Excellence: Basketball play by play Syracuse vs Georgetown by Calvin Christoforo

Video Sports Story/Feature (short) 

  3rd Place: Game Changer; Sarah Russo

Video Sports Talent (Anchor/Host) 

  Awards of Excellence: Nick Zelaya TV Sports Talent Reel (Anchor/Host); Nick Zelaya, 

Video Sports News Program

  3rd Place: Syracuse vs. Coppin State | Women’s Basketball | Halftime Show; Cameron Ezeir

  Awards of Excellence: On the Bench – LIVE – Dec. 6, 2022; Trey Redfield, Johnny Gadamowitz, Jesse Cook and Jared Johnston

Awards of Excellence: Syracuse Men’s Soccer vs. Boston College – ACCN Pre-Game Show; Ryan Nelson, Matt Fairfax and Audrey Glynn, Syracuse University 

Documentary division


  Award of Excellence: Happy Birthday, Miss X by Xinning Li 

Award of Excellence: Timeless by Murphy McFarlane

Short-form Documentary

  Award of Excellence: Never Stand Still by Manuel Serrano and Averi Coppa


  Award of Excellence: Abu Jan by Wendy Wang

Narrative Video

  Award of Excellence: Halcyon Days by Arora McCargar and Sophie Penn


  Award of Excellence: Perfectly Imperfect by Allison Scherger and Ashley Wachtfogel

Live-to-Tape Multi-Camera Studio or Remote Production 

  Award of Excellence: Loud and Clear by Anjali Engstrom; Abigail Weber, Mia Givens and Thomas Hober

Graduate student division

Film and Video

Award of Excellence: Finer Things; Brooke Kato

Award of Excellence: Attention Please; Sam Azghandi

Award of Excellence: @seantucker2020; Annika Boos, Syracuse University

Interactive Multimedia and Emerging Technologies Competition

Award of Excellence: Say Yes to Less;  Soo Min Seol, Syracuse University


Newhouse students make impressive showing at ACP Clips & Clicks fall contest

With 13 winners and a full sweep of the Broadcast Features category, Newhouse students had an impressive showing in the Associated Collegiate Press’ Clips & Clicks fall 2022 contest.

NCC News ranks second and The NewsHouse fifth on the Leaderboard. The NewsHouse won the annual contest last year, and the year before the prize was awarded to the Newhouse School for a combined win by Jerk, NCC News and The NewsHouse.

Congratulations to everyone on your honors!

Broadcast News Story

1st Place: Green National’s legion of lawsuits spur on little progress, Alaina Losito, Morgan Scott, Adriana Loh (NCC News)

2nd Place: Retirees call for more social security money, Peyton Spellacy (NCC News)

Broadcast Feature Story

1st Place: Paying forward the American dream, Louise Rath (NCC News)

2nd Place: A Legen-dairy teacher, Nicole Aponte (NCC News)

3rd Place: Micron, abortion on the minds of Clay voters in midterms, Chilekasi Adele (NCC News)

 4th Place:  SU’s Secret Society of Music Makers, Louise Rath (NCC News)

 5th Place: Never Stand Still, Averi Coppa, Manuel Serrano (The NewsHouse)

Feature Photo

2nd Place: Fair flyover, Kayla Breen (The NewsHouse)

Sports Photo

2nd Place: Loose Ball in Brooklyn, Isaiah Vazquez (The NewsHouse)

4th Place: QB on the go, Isaiah Vazquez (The NewsHouse)

Feature Story

4th Place: CNY Pickleball community flourishes on and off campus, Natalie Rieth (The NewsHouse)

Honorable Mention: Daley’s Technicolor Dream Coat, Eden Stratton (Jerk)

Sports Story

4th Place: Hype and hope build for Sean Tucker’s place in the Heisman Trophy race, Desi Gillespie (The NewsHouse)

Newhouse student wins OZY Genius Award, will create short film exploring mental health

Newhouse School senior David Anthony Barbier Jr. has been named an OZY Genius Award winner for 2023. The annual program provides college students with up to $10,000 to work on a proposed original project.

Barbier, a television, radio and film major, is writing a script for a short film titled “Numb.” He aims to create a piece that will encourage people, especially men, to seek help and access mental health treatment. The story follows the main character Lynel, who goes to therapy following a traumatic event and tries to wall off his emotions.

“‘Numb’ will dive into how, even when it can feel unbearable sometimes, these emotions serve as a balance to ensure that we truly appreciate the good in our lives,” Barbier says. “This story will explain the importance of understanding our feelings and emotions. I want people to come away from this and feel as if they can be their most authentic and vulnerable self, emotions and all.”

In addition to funding, OZY Genius Award winners receive mentorship support. Final projects will debut at a showcase in September.

Barbier, a Syracuse University Posse Scholar, was a 2021 Jeff Ubben Posse Fellow. Through that program, he spent a summer shadowing AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan and published an interview with him. He also completed the Nyah Project’s Global Youth Leadership Fellowship program, studied in South Korea last spring and participated in the Newhouse LA program in the fall. A native of Miami, he plans to move to Los Angeles after graduation and pursue a career as a screenwriter, actor and director.

Newhouse students receive 20 ACP Awards

Newhouse students, projects and campus media outlets received 20 awards—including four First Place honors—at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Pacemakers and Individual Awards, announced at the #MediaFest22 Conference in Washington, D.C. on Friday.

The national winners were Abby Weiss ’22 for her Neilia Biden profile in the Multimedia Interactive Graphic category and Louise Rath ’23 for her NCC News story about New York’s broadband access for the Broadcast News Story category.

Gavin Liddell ’20, G ’22 also won for his photo essay about Syracuse University’s club ice hockey team on The NewsHouse in the Photo Slideshow category and the Entitled to Equality team led by Chelsea Stern ’22 won for Social Media Promotion.

In the ACP’s Best of Show contest for work produced so far this school year, multimedia, photography and design graduate student Isaiah Vazquez took home the top prize in the Photojournalism category. The NewsHouse staff placed sixth among the four-year college websites.

In its annual review the media outlets, ACP named The Daily Orange, Jerk and SALT magazine, by Newhouse’s military program, as Pacemaker Finalists. SALT, The Daily Orange and The Daily Orange online were among those named to ACP’s Pacemaker 100, recognizing the top 100 publications.

Congratulations to all the winners!

2022 Associated Collegiate Press Pacemakers and Individual Awards Winners

Pacemaker Finalists:

   Newspaper: The Daily Orange

   Magazine: SALT, Jerk

Individual Awards

Photo Slideshow

    First Place: Gavin Liddell, The NewsHouse, “Grit & Glory”

Interactive Graphic

     First Place Abby Weiss, The Daily Orange, “THE ONE: Joe Biden’s 1st wife Neilia Biden shaped his life, career while at Syracuse”

Multimedia News Story

    Third Place: Staff, The NewsHouse, “Entitled to Equality”

Multimedia Feature Story

    Fifth Place: Kate Brennan, The NewsHouse, “Aloha Aina“

    Honorable Mention: Abby Weiss, The Daily Orange, “THE ONE: Joe Biden’s 1st wife Neilia Biden shaped his life, career while at Syracuse”


   Fourth Place: Morgaine McIlhargey, The NewsHouse, “Kira kira”

Broadcast News Story

   First Place: Louise Rath, NCC News, “New York State Still Lacks Broadband in 2022”

   Fourth Place: Louise Rath, NCC News, “The SYR Airport’s New Plan to Boost Competition”

Broadcast Feature Story

   Third Place: Moriah Humiston, NCC News, “Where do Syracuse’s COVID-19 tests go?”

   Honorable Mention: Gloria Lepko, Bethanie Ryan, The NewsHouse, “Holiday”

Broadcast Sports Story

    Honorable Mention: Annie Boos, The NewsHouse, “The Comeback Year”

Social Promotion 

   First Place: The NewsHouse Staff, “Entitled to Equality”

Newspaper Page/Spread

    Second Place: Shannon Kirkpatrick, Maya Goosmann, Morgan Sample, Megan Thompson, Danny Kahn, The Daily Orange, “From Players to Coaches”

    Honorable Mention: Shannon Kirkpatrick, The Daily Orange,  “Holiday spice”

Magazine Page/Spread

    Honorable Mention: Alexander Sturdivant, SALT, “Raising the Bar”

    Honorable Mention: Caitlin Brink, SALT, “A Canal Runs Through It”

Sports Game Story

     Fifth Place: Jackson Roberts, The NewsHouse, “Syracuse women’s lacrosse bested 15-13 in Kayla Treanor’s return to Boston College”

Sports Feature Story

      Honorable Mention: Christopher Cicchiello, The NewsHouse, “Why doesn’t SU pay Otto the Oranges” 

Sports Game/Action Photo

     Honorable Mention: Kayla Breen, The NewsHouse, “Scramble for the ball”

     Honorable Mention: Isaiah Vazquez, The NewsHouse, “Flying High”

Newhouse triumphs at Pinnacle College Media Awards

The Newhouse School students were honored with nearly two dozen awards at the College Media Association (CMA) Pinnacle College Media Awards, announced at the #MediaFest22 Conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.

Out of the 23 awards, there were three First Place honors: two to alumnus Gavin Liddell ’20, G ’22 for photo essays for The NewsHouse and Upstate Unearthed, and one to the Entitled to Equality social media team in the Best Social Media Strategy category. Work published by Jerk, The OutCrowd and Newhouse’s military program’s SALT magazine also were recognized.

In CMA’s Film & Audio Festival, also announced at #MediaFest22, broadcast and digital journalism alumna Moriah Humiston ’22 won a pair of honors for her videos “Bocce” and  “Where do Syracuse’s COVID-19 Tests Go.”

According to organizers, more than 2,900 entries were submitted for this year’s awards.

Congratulations to all the winners!

Best Photo Package

1st Place: Gavin Liddell, “Grit & Glory,” The NewsHouse

2nd Place: Gavin Liddell, “Welcome to The Spot,” Upstate Unearthed

Sports Multimedia Story

1st Place: Gavin Liddell, “Welcome to The Spot,” Upstate Unearthed        

3rd Place: Dean Zulkofske, “Seeking Better Representation on the Sidelines,” Entitled to Equality

Video Feature Package

1st Place: Moriah Humiston, “Bocce”

Video News Package

2nd Place: Moriah Humiston, “Where do Syracuse’s COVID-19 Tests Go”

Best Social Media Strategy

1st Place: The Entitled to Equality Staff, “Entitled to Equality”

Best Photo Illustration

2nd Place: Lydia Herne, “Mother & Daughter,” Entitled To Equality

Sports News Photo

2nd Place: Isaiah Vazquez,  “Flying High,” The NewsHouse

Best Magazine Sports Spread

2nd Place: SALT’s “A Culture of Discipline” by Jack Gnosca

Best Audio Slideshow

3rd Place: Sarah Slavin, “Where the Wild Newbies Went,” Upstate Unearthed 

Best Sports Feature Photo

3rd Place: Gavin Liddell, “Welcome to The Spot,” Upstate Unearthed

Honorable Mention: Gavin Liddell “Grit & Glory,” The NewsHouse

Best Multimedia Feature Story

3rd Place: The Entitled to Equality Staff, “Entitled to Equality“

Honorable Mention: Jonathan Harris & Hanna Martin, “Live Oaks and Dead Folks: Exploring Oakwood Cemetery and its Loyal Caretakers,” Upstate Unearthed

Best Sports Feature

3rd Place: Madelyn Geyer, “Something was wrong and needed to be addressed,” Entitled to Equality

Honorable Mention: Dominick Pfisterer, “Don’t Use the F-word When You Talk Disc Golf,” Upstate Unearthed

Sports Investigative Story

3rd Place: Christopher Cicchiello, “Why doesn’t SU pay Otto the Oranges,” The NewsHouse

Best Investigative Story

Honorable Mention: Kate Brennan, “Aloha Aina,” The NewsHouse

Best Editorial Illustration

Honorable Mention: Cassie Cavallaro, “My Adventures with a Quija Board for the Modern Era,” Upstate Unearthed

Best Infographic

Honorable Mention: Maggie Sullivan, “The Power of Dirt,” Upstate Unearthed

Best Magazine Contents Spread

Honorable Mention: Jerk’s March Table of Contents by Callen Moore and Lucinda Strol 

Best Magazine Entertainment Spread

Honorable Mention: Jerk’s “The Problem with Porn” by Olivia LaCour

Best Viral Video

Honorable Mention Maclara Cardoso, “Introducing The OutCrowd Editors as Queer Icons,” The OutCrowd

Best Feature Photo

Honorable Mention: Gavin Liddell, “Welcome to The Spot,” Upstate Unearthed

Newhouse students and alumni win in CPoY competition

Recently, the prestigious College Photographer of the Year (CPoY) competition honored photography senior Xinning Li and alumna Elizabeth Billman for their extraordinary multimedia projects.

Li earned the Gold honor in the Multimedia: Documentary Short category for “Happy Birthday Miss X,” while Billman garnered an Award of Excellence distinction in the Multimedia: Individual Story or Essay category for “Seven Little Birds.”

Surya Vaidy and Gavin Liddell ’21, G ’22 were honored as Finalists in the Still Photography category.

Senior Vaidy was honored for Interpretive Eye for his contemplative portrait, and alumnus Liddell was honored for Sports Features for his photo of a Syracuse University club ice hockey player.

The CPoY competition was founded by Cliff and Vi Edom in 1945 and is administered by the University of Missouri, with support from co-sponsor Nikon Inc. Over 500 students from 120 universities enter the contest each year, making this an impressive achievement for the winners.

Congratulations to all!

Update: In January 2023, Xinning Li’s short film “Happy Birthday, Miss X” placed sixth nationally in the Hearst Journalism Awards’ Multimedia Narrative Storytelling contest.

Founded in 1960, the Hearst Journalism Awards Program provides support and assistance to journalism education at the collegiate level. The program, which added multimedia to the competition in 2010, awards scholarships to college students for excellent performance in journalism.