Newhouse students dominate the competition at SPJ Mark of Excellence Region 1 contest

Newhouse School students earned more overall wins and honors than any other school competing in this year’s Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Region 1 competition.

The competitive contest recognizes college media work produced by students at schools throughout the Northeast, including Columbia Journalism School, the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, Harvard University, Boston University College of Communications and Pennsylvania State University, among others.  

With a total of 18 winners and 19 finalists, Newhouse students and projects accounted for 25% of the contest’s total honors and 32% of wins—more than Columbia, Newmark, Penn State and Harvard combined.

“This impressive showing is emblematic of the strong work our journalism students produce each day across all the various outlets,” says Newhouse dean Mark J. Lodato. “I’m proud of them, and the faculty who help them succeed. I’m excited to see how they do next at the national level.”

Photo of hands picking marijuana leaves, taken by Emily Kenny for the in-depth reporting project High Stakes
Emily Kenny earned feature photography honors for images captured for High Stakes, an in-depth reporting project published on The NewsHouse. High Stakes won in the online in-depth reporting category.


Winners will advance to the national Mark of Excellence contest, competing against winners from 11 other SPJ regions. Those winners will be announced by early summer.

Newhouse students, alumni take home 10 awards in AEJMC/BEA Southeast Colloquium Creative Contest

Newhouse student projects were recognized with 10 awards in the first AEJMC/BEA Southeast Colloquium Creative Contest. Among the wins were three 1st place awards, and three awards won by graphic design sophomore Shannon Kirkpatrick. Congratulations, all!

1st Place: Emily Kenny and Dan Lyon, Hemp Harvest Festival  (High Stakes)

1st Place: Laura Angle, Olympus playing cards

1st Place: Shannon Kirkpatrick, Go magazine prototype
Honorable Mention: The Femme Noire Staff, Femme Noire Fall 2020 issue

2nd Place: Gavin Liddell, Last Ski Season (The NewsHouse)

3rd Place: Ali Harford and The 61% Project Staff,  The 61% Project
Honorable Mention: Kevin Camelo and The High Stakes Staff, High Stakes

Honorable Mention: Katie Mulligan, “How a Chatbot Helped Me Through My Breakup” (The 61% Project)

Honorable Mention: Shannon Kirkpatrick, “Sigmund Freud

Honorable Mention: Shannon Kirkpatrick, “After the Deluge” – Intaglio printmaking

Read the full list of winners>>

Newhouse alumna wins music history award

Hanna Dunakin
Hanna Dunakin

Newhouse alumna Hanna Dunakin ’20 won the Abraham Veinus Prize from the Department of Art and Music Histories at the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The Veinus prize is awarded annually to the best undergraduate student paper in music history and cultures. Dunakin won for her creative project, The David Bowie Crossword Puzzle.

Dunakin graduated with a bachelor’s degree in television, radio and film major, and minored in fine arts at the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Newspaper and online journalism senior Patrick Linehan chosen as University Scholar

Patrick Linehan
Patrick Linehan

Patrick Linehan, a senior studying newspaper and online journalism, was named one of 12 University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor the University bestows.

University Scholars are selected each year 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.

Congratulations, Patrick!

View the 2021 University Scholar announcement>>

Newhouse student work wins Awards of Excellence from Society for News Design

Four Newhouse alumni and one current student from four Newhouse programs took home Awards of Excellence for work done as students in the Society for News Design’s 2020 Best of Digital Design contest.

Emmy Gnat ’20, a former magazine major, won for her social media work for the 61% Project, a capstone project done by students in MND 504: Multimedia Projects, examining the pervasiveness of mental illness on college campuses.

Brooke Schneider ’20 (public relations), David Schneidman ’20 (newspaper and online journalism), Shannon Stubbs ’20 (magazine) and Kevin Camelo (senior, graphic design) won for their work doing social media for High Stakes, a special project from The NewsHouse examining the business and use of marijuana in New York State.

Katie Mulligan ’20, an alumna of the College of Visual and Performing Arts, was recognized for her illustration work on “How a Chatbot Helped Me Through My Breakup” for the 61% project.

Congratulations, all!

Two Newhouse undergraduate students place in top 15 in Hearst photojournalism competition

Junior Priscilla Kang and senior Lauren Miller, both majoring in photography, placed in the top 15 in the Hearst Picture Story/Series competition.

Priscilla Kang and Lauren Miller
Priscilla Kang (right) and Lauren Miller (left)

Kang took 11th place for her photo story, “The Strength of Family,” about a Syracuse businessman with multiple sclerosis.

Miller tied for 12th place for her work on NNY360’s “Organic farming brings food home: COVID pandemic sparks interest in where food comes from.”

Congratulations to both winners!

Read the announcement>>

Two Newhouse student projects place in top 15 in Hearst multimedia competition

Advertising senior Sonny Cirasuolo and newspaper and online journalism alumnus Sam Ogazalek ’20 both placed in the top 15 in the Hearst Multimedia Innovative Storytelling competition.

Sam Ogozalek ’20

Ogozalek wrote his 10th place story about the diversity challenge for staffing campus counseling services for The 61% Percent Project .

Ogozalek is currently reporting for The Island Packet in South Carolina as part of Report for America.

View “The Demand for Diverse Counseling Centers”>>

Sonny Cirasuolo

Cirasuolo’s project, a virtual winter tour of Old Forge that intertwined a series of 360-degree videos, placed 14th in the contest.

The project was produced as part of Dan Pacheco’s virtual storytelling course and published on The NewsHouse.

View “Forging ahead with a winter adventure”>>

Congratulations to both winners!

Newhouse student chosen for prestigious New York Times Student Journalism Institute

Newhouse senior Blessing Emole has been chosen to attend the exclusive New York Times Student Journalism Institute. Emole is a magazine, news and digital journalism major at the Newhouse School, with a dual major in writing and rhetoric at the College of Arts and Sciences.

Blessing Emole
Blessing Emole

The Student Journalism Institute brings together students from across the country to fill a wide range of journalistic roles—from writer and editor to designer, photographer and social media manager—under the direction of New York Times journalists, who serve as faculty.

“I want to be a journalist due to the monumental impact that journalists/journalism plays on the outcomes of political elections, environmental discourse and crafting cultural movements,” Emole tells The Times.

Born in London, Emole grew up in San Francisco; Perth, Australia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Bangkok; and Lagos, Nigeria before beginning her studies in Syracuse. She interned for the NFL last summer, and was a student writing fellow at The Nation. She has also served as a print and digital designer for The Daily Orange.

Emole was originally tapped to attend the Institute last year, before the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s cohort includes 24 students selected last year and an additional 22 selected this year, altogether representing 38 universities. They will work remotely.

Newhouse students, faculty win at Broadcast Educators Association Festival of Media Arts

Newhouse School students from almost every program were recognized at the 2021 Broadcast Education Association Festival of the Media Arts. Syracuse University was tied for 4th place overall at the festival, and had the highest percentage of top honors, with six of 13 total awards being either 1st place or Best In Competition awards.

Newhouse Sports Media Center director Olivia Stomski won the Best of Competition faculty award for long form sports video for leading the student production teams on SU pregame shows.

The six top finishers will go on to compete for the Best of Festival Awards, which will be announced live online on Monday, March 29.

Congratulations to everyone on such a great achievement!

Student Division


1st Place: Laiqa Hitt & Jared Bunn
Faculty advisor: Tula Goenka, with Nancy Austin for the Military Visual Journalism program


1st Place: Cole Strong
Chasing the Dragon
Faculty advisor: Seth Gitner, with Bruce Strong for The NewsHouse


1st Place: Sonny Cirasuolo, Amanda Paule & Zachary J. Krahmer
Tour Cornell’s Research Facility Where New York’s Hemp Industry Takes Root
Faculty advisor: Seth Gitner, with Jon Glass for High Stakes/The NewsHouse


1st Place: Ben Cauz
Syrvivor Syracuse Mobile App
Faculty advisor: Adam Peruta


1st Place: Abigail Sterling, Elizabeth Salter, Ali Harford & Kate Mazade
The 61% Project
Faculty advisors Adam Peruta, Melissa Chessher

3rd Place: Kyla L. Wright, Max Kalnitz, Sarah Midani & Stephanie Macrinos
Socially Driven
Faculty advisors Adam Peruta, Melissa Chessher


2nd Place: James Corrigan
Oneida Creek Pollution (CitrusTV)


Award of Excellence: Ricky Sayer
Joe Biden’s Time at Syracuse Law School (CitrusTV)


Award of Excellence: Sabrina Maggiore
Anchor Reel (CitrusTV)


Award of Excellence: Ricky Sayer
The Quietest of Gamedays (CitrusTV)


Award of Excellence: James Corrigan
WAER Election Blueprint: Race Relations
Faculty advisor: Chris Bolt for WAER


Award of Excellence: Yun Oo
Love, Ivy
Faculty advisor: Neal Coffey

Faculty Division


Best of Competition: Olivia Stomski
Cuse.Com LIVE Studio Pregame Show

Newhouse alumna places third in Hearst sports writing competition

Newhouse alumna Allison Ingrum ’20 placed third in the 20-21 Hearst Sports Writing intercollegiate competition, which came with a cash prize of $1,500.

Allison Ingrum ’20

Ingrum’s winning article was written for The NewsHouse, the Newhouse School’s multimedia news site. “One part dedication. One part obsession. All parts satisfaction,” is about Bandier Program assistant professor Ulf Oesterle‘s quest to qualify for the Paralympics. Ingrum received the assignment from NewsHouse executive producer Jon Glass. Ingrum’s specialty is features and profiles, not sports, but Glass felt she’d do a good job with the assignment.

“When I was initially looking for a writer for this profile, Allison was the first person to come to mind,” says Glass. “She’s always invested in her stories and I knew she would be enthusiastic to tell Ulf’s story.”

Ingrum is now an operations support associate at PopSugar, and looks forward to doing more work like her winning article in the future.

“I definitely want to stay in the journalism industry,” says Ingrum. “I would love to be a writer and editor for features and profiles, kind of like this one, actually.”

Newspaper and online journalism senior Danny Emerman’s feature “Flashback” for The Daily Orange, examining the similarities between the Syracuse 8 half a century ago and the current day #NotAgainSU campus movement, placed 14th in the contest.