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.

Newhouse students win at prestigious SFJ Excellence-in-Features Awards

The Society for Features Journalism Excellence-in-Features Awards honored 12 Newhouse students for their impressive work this year. This was a notable recognition for the students, as they competed against professional writers and media outlets for these awards. Congratulations to all!

Digital Innovation, 1st Place: Sonny Cirasuolo, Amanda Paule, Molly Gibbs, Kevin Camelo, Lawry Boyer, “Visualizing 81: Revisiting and Revisualizing Syracuse’s 15th Ward“, (Deconstructing the Divide)

Digital Innovation, ​​Honorable mention: Jonathan Harris and Hanna Martin, “Live Oaks and Dead Folks: Exploring Oakwood Cemetery and its Loyal Caretakers” (Upstate Unearthed)

Best Features Digital Presence, 2nd Place: Staff, Upstate Unearthed 

Diversity in Digital Features, 3rd Place: Car Shapiro and Ilhy Gomez Del Campo Rojas, “Exposed and Empowered” (Jerk)

Diversity in Digital Features, 3rd Place: Kamal Morgan,BLK in the ADK” (Upstate Unearthed)

Diversity in Digital Features, Honorable mention: Nhari Djan, “Social Media Support” (Deconstructing the Divide)

Video Storytelling, Honorable mention: Annie Boos, “The Comeback Year” (The NewsHouse)

Newhouse students win at AEJMC 2022 Student Magazine Contest

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Magazine Division announced the winners for their 2022 Student Magazine Contest, and the following Newhouse student writers, editors and designers were recognized for excellence in their work. Congratulations!

General Excellence – Design, Winner:  Zipped (Fall 2021)

Writing – Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness, Winner: Diana Rojas, “The Push for Diverse Climbing in New York,” Upstate Unearthed

Writing – Features, Winner: Jonathan Harris and Hannah Martin, “Live Oaks and Dead Folks: Exploring Oakwood Cemetery and its Loyal Caretakers,” Upstate Unearthed

Writing – Reporting, Winner: Christopher Cicchiello, “Why doesn’t SU pay Otto the Oranges,” The NewsHouse

Writing – Places, Runner-up: Nhari Djan, “Underrepresented on the Road,” Upstate Unearthed

ACP Clips & Clicks Contest awards Newhouse students 12 honors

The Associated Collegiate Press handed out a dozen awards to stories and photos from The Newshouse, including six awards for the digital magazine’s “Entitled to Equality” Title IX project. These awards also helped The NewsHouse win the 2021-22 Clips & Clicks Sweepstakes as the nation’s top college media outlet. 

The ACP contest is based on two rounds of judging student journalism work in the fall and spring semesters, from which outlets accumulate points for each winning entry. NCC News finished in the Top 10  for the year at ninth place overall.

This is the second year in a row that The NewsHouse has won this honor, as the Newhouse School won the 2020-21 sweepstakes based on a combined effort that included NCC News and student-run monthly publication, Jerk.

Congratulations to everyone!

Broadcast Sports Story

  1st – “This Triathlon Athlete Lives Life on Wheels! “ by Tonia Michele Brown (NCC News)

  2nd — “Football Player Ella Propheter” by Sarah Russo (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

  3rd — “Football Players Mara McBride and Julia Leary”  by Lauren Helmbrecht, Dean Zulkofske (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

Broadcast News Story

  2nd — “New York State Still Lacks Broadband in 2022” by Louise Rath (NCC News)

Writing: Opinion

  2nd — “The Silence of the Lambs: A most unexpected Valentine’s Day film” by Madelyn Geyer (The NewsHouse)

  5th – “Kira kira Commentary: I wanted to be white, but my eyes wouldn’t let me” by Morgaine McIlhargey (The NewsHouse)

Writing: Sports Story

  3rd — “Changing the Game” by Sophia Moore (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

  5th — “Something was Wrong and Needed to be Addressed’” by Madelyn Geyer (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

Writing: News Story

Honorable Mention: “Revisiting the College Gender Gap” by Sydney Gold (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

Writing: Feature Story

4th “Where light comes through” by Ellen Mintzer (The NewsHouse)

Feature Photo

5th “Title IX: Payton Dunn” by James Year (Entitled to Equality/The NewsHouse)

Sports Photo

Honorable Mention — “Grit & Glory” by Gavin Liddell (The NewsHouse)

Newhouse students win big at 2022 BEA On-Location Creative Awards

Newhouse students came to win at this year’s Broadcast Education Association (BEA) On-Location Creative Awards competition, garnering 16 awards for their projects. 44 Films helped sweep the Sports Competition division, including Best of Show winner Annika Boos for her “@seantucker2020” video.  

The winners were recognized at BEA’s On-Location Conference, which took place Oct. 6-8 at Colorado State University. Congratulations to everyone!

Sports Competition

Best of Show: Annika Boos, Syracuse University; “@seantucker2020

Awards of Excellence:

Hayley Fedor, “FLJ: Rise to the Rafters”

Zachary Katz, Brett Rood and Walker Simasek, “The Return of Otto’s Army”

Walker Simasek, “Playing for Kelly”

Hayley Fedor, Annika Boos, “Otto’s Origins”

Annika Boos, “The Comeback Year: A rower’s triumph over loss”


Photojournalism – Single Photo Competition

Awards of Excellence:

Hailey Trejo, “Drag Show Finals”

Isaiah Vazquez, “Flying High”


Photojournalism – Story Competition

Award of Excellence:

Gavin Liddell, “Grit & Glory”


Documentary Competition

Awards of Excellence:

Cole Pielop, “Our Secret”

Wendy Wang, “Maggie Olive’s Story”


Film & Video Narrative Competition

Awards of Excellence:

Eric Makic, “Spring Time”


Film & Video Promo/PSA/Commercial

Awards of Excellence:

Olivia Kienzle, Yuri Suh, “The Cycle Project”

Manny Serrano, “Suicide Prevention PSA”

Lynn Seah, “Regional Remix”

Interactive Multimedia Competition

Awards of Excellence:

The Entitled to Equality Staff, “Entitled To Equality”

Student work wins top honors in Online Journalism Awards competition

Recent Newhouse School graduate Kate Brennan ’22 is the winner in the Individual Student Portfolio category of the 2022 Online Journalism Awards competition. She was honored her in-depth multimedia reporting project, “Aloha ʻāina,

Brennan spent two years developing the project, which tells the story of the ongoing debate between Native Hawaiians and the science community over a proposed large-scale telescope. In summer 2021, she traveled to Mauna Kea to interview individuals on both sides of the debate. During her senior year, she worked with communications design major Madeline Coyte and faculty members Shelvia Dancy and Jon Glass to create an engaging interactive digital story in conjunction with The NewsHouse. She completed the work as part of her Renée Crown Honors Program capstone project.

The win was announced today at the Online News Association’s annual conference in Los Angeles.

This is the second year in a row that the work of Newhouse students has been recognized by the Online Journalism Awards; The 61% Project earned the Student Team Portfolio honor in 2021.

Newhouse students win four NABJ Salute to Excellence Awards

The winners of the 2022 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) Salute to Excellence Awards were announced Saturday night in Las Vegas. Newhouse students were nominated for six and won four awards for their work on Deconstructing the Divide, an enterprise reporting project produced by The NewsHouse in 2021.


Digital Media – Undergraduate: Online Feature Reporting
The Power of Social Media,” Nhari Djan

Digital Media: Best Use of Multimedia – Special Project
Deconstructing the Divide, Staff of Deconstructing the Divide

Digital Media – Undergraduate: Online Feature Reporting
Our Poisoned Kids,” Sydney Gold

Photography (Graduate Only): Multiple Images
Our Poisoned Kids,” Jessica Ruiz

“Our Poisoned Kids” also recently placed 2nd in the Student Reporting category of the Society of Environmental Journalists’ 21st annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment.


Digital Media – Graduate: Best Use of Multimedia – Special Project
Visualizing 81,” Amanda Paule, Sonny Cirasuolo, Kevin Camelo, Molly Gibbs, Lawry Boyer

Photography (Graduate Only): Multiple Images
Stepping Up for Justice,” Renée Deemer

In addition, alumna Gracyn Doctor G’20 won in the Radio – Top 15 Markets: Investigative category for “Student Loans Weigh Heavily on Black and Latino Borrowers in North Carolina,” for WFAE in Charlotte.