Newhouse visual artists honored in College Photographer of the Year competition

Three Newhouse School students have earned honors in the 75th annual College Photographer of the Year competition (CPOY).

Jessica Ruiz

Jessica Ruiz, a graduate student in multimedia, photography and design, won silver in the Documentary category for “Poison in our Homes.”

Dan Lyon

Dan Lyon, a senior photography major, won bronze in the Interpretive Project category for “Sweet Ground.”

Laura Oliviero - Peeper Season
Laura Oliverio

Laura Oliverio, a senior photography major, won an Award of Excellence in the COVID category for “Peeper Season.”

This year’s CPOY competition drew nearly 10,000 images and multimedia projects from 569 student photographers at 129 colleges and universities in 29 countries.

Newhouse students cover Election Day from polling places across the U.S.

Nearly 100 Newhouse students filed voter-focused Election Day stories from polling places in Onondaga County and across the country for Democracy in Action.

Students Domenica Orellana and Sam Harasimowicz anchor the 9:10 update on Nov. 3, 2020.

Newhouse journalism and photography students spent Election Day at polling place covering voters’ stories for the Democracy in Action (DIA) project.

The idea behind DIA is to take the focus off of the candidates and the campaigns and put it on the voters and their reasons for voting, says DIA co-director and chair of the broadcast and digital journalism (BDJ) department, Chis Tuohey.

“Elections are a huge part of journalism,” says Tuohey. “What makes it even more challenging and exciting is that there will be surprises along the way.”

On a normal class day, students pitch stories in advance and have ample preparation time. But on Election Day, the only things students know ahead of time are which polling place they’re going to and what time to be there.

“It forces them to be assertive, creative and resourceful as reporters,” says Tuohey. “In many cases they are scared to death that they may not come up with a story. [Most] of the time, they do.”

A long line of voters waiting to get inside their polling place.
Voters wait in line in North Syracuse. (Amanda Albert)

Isabel Tabs, a senior BDJ student, had a rough start at her polling place, Erwin First United Methodist Church in Syracuse.

“Some people in the polling site complained when they saw [a] camera and were very verbally aggressive with me, telling me I needed to leave the site,” she says.

Despite this, Tabs was able to control the situation and successfully finish her story, thanks to assistant teaching professor Jim Osman. A former Washington bureau chief for Media General, Osman prepared his students with responses to possible complications they might run into at polling places.

“I find it my obligation to tell students what they may encounter based on my 25 years of experience covering elections,” says Osman. “Talking about it in class and doing it are two totally different things.”

“I stood my ground and told them the rules and highly emphasized the fact that I would not be filming anyone’s ballot,” says Tabs. “Besides this hurdle, I had a very educational and rewarding experience.”

In a typical year, the almost 100 students participating in DIA would cover Onondaga county and tell stories local to Syracuse. This year, because some students are studying remotely, stories came in from all over the country.

Morgan Tucker, a junior in newspaper and online journalism, covered her local polling place in Hamilton Township, New Jersey. Like Tabs, Tucker was told that she was not allowed to be at the polls. She called adjunct instructor Megan Craig, who told Tucker she had the right to be there as long as she stood 100 feet away from the polling station.

“I went back in and told them, and they responded well,” says Tucker. “My story ended up being pretty wholesome and inspiring because all of the workers were really passionate in their responses. I felt good submitting the story and was proud of myself for turning around the story so fast.”

Craig sees the value of a project like DIA as twofold. “Students gain invaluable insights into life as an on-the-beat reporter, and the community is given the gift of 100 extra reporters telling their stories on what’s sure to be a historic day,” says Craig. “I [was] particularly excited for students to find those small human interest stories that perfectly encapsulate the importance of the day and the importance of voting.”

For Tucker, the best part of the experience was being taken seriously as a reporter by those at the polls, she says.

“It was cool to have people treat me like a real reporter rather than a student,” says Tucker. “I am more confident than I was about approaching strangers, fighting for my First Amendment rights and turning around a story in a day.”

A woman and her two daughters smile and show off their "I voted" sticker.
Katelyn Kriesel and her daughters on election day in Manlius, New York. (Victoria Radis)

“It is critical for student journalists to take part in Democracy in Action so they know how to cover elections and our democracy when they enter the professional world,” says Osman. “There is nothing more important in the work we do as journalists. We owe viewers the best coverage that is unbiased and informative.”

Students posted stories on the Democracy in Action website at dia-cny.syr.edu. In addition, several of the student stories were published at Syracuse.com.

Adrianne Morales is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Students cover Election Day as part of Democracy in Action project

Newhouse students will spend Election Day reporting live from polling places as part of the Democracy in Action (DIA) project, now in its 11th year.

Students in the broadcast and digital journalism; magazine, news and digital journalism; and photography programs will file stories on the DIA website and provide voter-focused election news, reporting on the human element of the election—from polling place workers to first-time voters.

Students will cover Election Day activities in Onondaga County as well as counties across the U.S., with contributions from students who are studying remotely this semester. The website will include a section titled “Beyond CNY,” featuring stories from locations such as Florida and California.

Reporters will head out early Tuesday morning and provide live election reporting throughout the day.

What makes Election Day stories different from the typical reporting work Newhouse students do is that when the students go out into the field, they have no idea what their stories are going to be about, says broadcast and digital journalism chair Chris Tuohey.

“Usually, we stress the importance of preparation,” says Tuohey. “In DIA, the students only know what polling place they are going to and what time they are going there. In many cases they are scared to death they may not come up with a story. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time, they do.”

Follow the students’ Election Day reporting by visiting dia-cny.syr.edu Nov. 3, and follow on Twitter at @DemocracyAction and #nhdia.

Adrianne Morales is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Newhouse students win awards in three media competitions

This weekend, Newhouse students picked up wins in three college media competitions: The College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards; the College Media Association’s Film & Audio Festival; and The Associated Collegiate Press Awards.

Pinnacle Awards

Organizational Award

Four-Year Daily Newspaper of the Year
3rd Place: The Daily Orange

Online

Best Breaking News Coverage
1st Place: Shannon Stubbs & Anne Hayes, The NewsHouse: “#NotAgainSUspended: Latest sit-in prompts student suspensions

Best Podcast
Honorable Mention: Tony Coffield and Katy MacDonald, Rooted: “The Alpacas of Rocking Horse Farm

Advertising

Best Social Media Strategy
Honorable Mention: Brooke Schneider, David Schneidman and Shannon Stubbs: High Stakes – The NewsHouse

Design

Best Magazine News Page/Spread
1st Place: Jerk, The Protest Issue

Best Online Main Page
3rd Place: Kevin Camelo: High Stakes – The NewsHouse

Best Editorial Illustration
3rd Place: Katie Mulligan, Jerk: “The Sweet Side of College

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread
Honorable Mention: Jerk, February 2020

Sports

Best Multimedia Story
2nd Place: The NewsHouse & Military Visual Program: “The Modern Day Gladiator

Best Sports Feature
Honorable Mention: Josh Schafer, The Daily Orange: “In a city full of Girards, Joseph Girard III made it big

CMA Film & Audio Festival

Long Documentary
2nd Place: Franklin E.S. Harris Jr., Danian Douglas and Somers T. Steelman, Unexpected Bond

Short Documentary
2nd Place: Madeline Powell (AJ ’20), I Am My Crown: Natural Hair

Video Feature Package
Honorable Mention: Kate Mazade (AJ ’20), National Veterans Resource Center

National Pacemakers

Newspaper: The Daily Orange
Magazine: SALT, Military Photojournalism 2020
Online: The Daily Orange

Reporter of the Year

3rd Place: Emma Folts, The Daily Orange

Story of the Year

Sports Feature Story
1st Place: Josh Schafer, The Daily Orange
In a city full of Girards, Joseph Girard III made it big

Breaking News:
2nd Place: Kallan Arkeder, Toby Craner, Meilin Quinn, The NewsHouse
Protest spills into the streets as both sides dispute negotiation efforts

In-depth News Story:
2nd Place: Patrick Linehan, Rocio Fortuny, High Stakes
New York college students eagerly await  marijuana legalization

Feature Story:
2nd Place: Jordan Muller, The Daily Orange
By chance: Students who switched tickets escaped the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing

Sports Game Story
2nd Place: Andrew Graham, The Daily Orange
Louisville crushes Syracuse’s bowl game ambitions with 56-34 win

Ernie Pyle Human Interest Profile:
4th Place: Amanda Paule, The NewsHouse
Neal Powless: SU Ombuds brings a message of healing to a polarized world

5th Place: Kimiko Dugan, SALT magazine
Life after loss

Multimedia

Multimedia News Story
1st Place: The High Stakes Staff, High Stakes

Multimedia Sports Story
1st Place: The Military Motion Media Program, The NewsHouse, “The Modern Day Gladiator

Multimedia Feature Story
Honorable Mention: Madeline Powell, The NewsHouse, “Changing stigma around coils, kinks, curls of natural hair

Photo Slideshow
Honorable Mention: Emily Kenny, High Stakes, “A hemp harvest festival buzzes with freedom in the heart of New York

COVID-19 Coverage

Print: COVID 19 News or Feature Story
Honorable Mention: The Daily Orange Staff,  Diplomas and doubts: April 27 issue

Design

Newspaper Page/Spread
1st Place: Talia Trackim, The Daily Orange, “In the Spotlight”

Magazine Page/Spread
Honorable Mention: Zarah Myers, SALT: Military Photojournalism 2020

Illustration
Honorable Mention: Jordan Larson, High Stakes, “Lack of regulations pose conundrum for vape users

Photo

Environmental Portrait
3rd Place: Emily Kenny, The NewsHouse
Honorable Mention: Lauren Miller, The Daily Orange

Feature Photo
Honorable Mention: Emily Steinberger, The Daily Orange

Best Use of Social Media

Social Media Promotion
1st Place: Brooke Schneider, David Schneidman and Shannon Stubbs, High Stakes

Advertising

Newspaper Special Section/Advertising
Honorable Mention: Orientation Guide 2019, The Daily Orange

Congratulations, winners!

Former Newhouse students find work at National Geographic

For three years after leaving Newhouse to pursue a career in photography, former multimedia, photography and design student Vi Nguyen worked as a freelancer in New York City. Now, she’s landed what most photographers would consider a dream job: photo coordinator at National Geographic.

“The last few years have been kind of crazy,” says Nguyen. “This is the first time where it’s been somewhat stable, where I know when my next paycheck is going to be.”

Nguyen is thankful for the opportunity to work at the internationally acclaimed magazine.

“It’s a really good place for me to learn what it is I want to do in the realm of photography,” she says.

While at Newhouse, Nguyen worked closely with Mike Davis, Newhouse’s Alexia Tsairis Endowed Chair in Documentary Photography, who also used to work at National Geographic. After leaving Syracuse, she kept in contact with him.

“Mike has always been really involved with the photo community, inside and outside of Newhouse,” says Nguyen. “[He’s good at helping you] get your foot in the door at these organizations.”

It was Davis who alerted Nguyen about the position at National Geographic, which she assumed at the end of the summer.

Davis says his former colleagues regularly ask him for recommendations when positions become available because they trust his judgement. This has resulted in six of Davis’ former Newhouse students, including Nguyen, finding positions at National Geographic.

“The richest aspect of working there is the scope and depth of the types of stories that you get to engage with,” says Davis. “It’s also amazing how broad the types of images you have to create are compared to most journalistic settings.”

Another one of Davis’ former students, Andrea Wise G’15, is a contract photo editor at National Geographic and says the publication’s dedication to supporting documentary photography is unique.

“Too often, photographers are asked to do more with less, so it is a dream to have the time and resources to properly support photographers so they can produce their best work,” says Wise. “I have worked in this field, first as a photojournalist, then as a photo editor, for nearly a decade and I have never worked in such a visually-driven newsroom before.”

The reason Newhouse students end up at places like National Geographic is because of the range of skills they’re taught, says Davis.

“I teach equal doses of how to produce images and how to develop projects, edit projects. So, every student leaves here with equal skill sets, as opposed to most programs [where] you learn how to make pictures or you learn how to be an editor,” says Davis. “I think they’re intertwined.”

Visual communications department chair Bruce Strong says the fact that many former students are working at places like National Geographic says a lot about Newhouse as a school

“Our students’ photographic work consistently wins many awards and has been published by National Geographic before,” says Strong. “This clearly demonstrates that our department’s strategy is working.”

Adrianne Morales is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School.

Above: Vi Nguyen and some images she took for National Geographic.

Newhouse students, media named as finalists in Associated Collegiate Press Awards

Newhouse students and media outlets racked up 24 nominations in this year’s Associated Collegiate Press Awards, including three National Pacemaker finals for The Daily Orange and SALT, the military photojournalism magazine.

In addition, newspaper and online journalism junior Emma Folts is a finalist for Reporter of the Year.

Winners will be announced Oct. 22. Congratulations, finalists!

National Pacemakers

Newspaper: The Daily Orange
Magazine: SALT, Military Photojournalism 2020
Online: The Daily Orange

Reporter of the Year

Emma Folts, The Daily Orange

Story of the Year

Breaking News:
Kallan Arkeder, Toby Craner, Meilin Quinn, The NewsHouse
Protest spills into the streets as both sides dispute negotiation efforts

In-depth News Story:
Patrick Linehan, Rocio Fortuny, High Stakes
New York college students eagerly await  marijuana legalization

Feature Story:
Jordan Muller, The Daily Orange
By chance: Students who switched tickets escaped the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing

Sports Game Story
Andrew Graham, The Daily Orange
Louisville crushes Syracuse’s bowl game ambitions with 56-34 win

Sports Feature Story
Josh Schafer, The Daily Orange
In a city full of Girards, Joseph Girard III made it big

Ernie Pyle Human Interest Profile:
Amanda Paule, The NewsHouse
Neal Powless: SU Ombuds brings a message of healing to a polarized world

Kimiko Dugan, SALT magazine
Life after loss

Multimedia

Multimedia News Story
The High Stakes Staff, High Stakes

Multimedia Feature Story
Madeline Powell, The NewsHouse, “Changing stigma around coils, kinks, curls of natural hair

Multimedia Sports Story
The Military Motion Media Program, The NewsHouse, “The Modern Day Gladiator

Photo Slideshow
Emily Kenny, High Stakes, “A hemp harvest festival buzzes with freedom in the heart of New York

COVID-19 Coverage

Print: COVID 19 News or Feature Story
The Daily Orange Staff,  Diplomas and doubts: April 27 issue

Design

Newspaper Page/Spread
Talia Trackim, The Daily Orange, “In the Spotlight”

Magazine Page/Spread
Zarah Myers, SALT: Military Photojournalism 2020

Illustration
Jordan Larson, High Stakes, “Lack of regulations pose conundrum for vape users

Photo

Feature Photo
Emily Steinberger, The Daily Orange

Environmental Portrait
Emily Kenny, The NewsHouse
Lauren Miller, The Daily Orange

Best Use of Social Media

Social Media Promotion
Brooke Schneider, David Schneidman and Shannon Stubbs, High Stakes

Advertising

Newspaper Special Section/Advertising
Orientation Guide 2019, The Daily Orange

Student group Margins seeks alumni mentors

Launched last year, the mentorship program supports Newhouse students from underrepresented communities.

Last year, Newhouse student Jewél Jackson and alumnus Jonathan Chau ’20 launched Margins, a mentorship group for first-year and transfer students from underrepresented communities, including students of color and LGBTQIA+ students. Membership is open to students in any Newhouse program.

“Students of underrepresented communities… may not feel accurately represented, heard and welcomed,” Jackson says, noting that the group seeks to help students “navigate their academic, professional and social life at and beyond Syracuse University through mentorship, while simultaneously building a community.”

Now, the group is seeking Newhouse alumni who wish to participate in the program as mentors and create “an outside support system for students,” Jackson says.

Interested alumni should email nhmargins@syr.edu.  

Newhouse students win National Native Media Awards

Several students who participated in last year’s Borderlines project from The NewsHouse won National Native Media Awards from the Native American Journalists Association for their stories from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation territory that spans the U.S.-Canada border in northern New York.

Winners will be announced in an online ceremonyThursday, Oct. 15. 

Online

Best News Story
First Place: Molly Gibbs & Rebecca Lan: Unwelcome at Home: Borders challenge Haudenosaunee identity, sovereignty

Best Feature Story
Third Place: Gabe Stern & Dan Lyon: Hole in the Wall: Inside the American Legion on the border
Honorable Mention: Lauren Miller: A foot in two worlds

Print /Online

Best Multimedia
Second Place: Lauren Miller: A foot in two worlds
Third Place: Dan Lyon: Post 1479 fights to honor those who served 

Congratulations, winners!

Newhouse students final in National College Media Pinnacle Awards

Ten Newhouse student projects and were announced as finalists in the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association’s Pinnacle Awards, while the campus newspaper, The Daily Orange, was selected as a finalist for Four Year Daily Newspaper of the Year.

The winners of this national contest for college media outlets will be announced at the virtual ACP/CMA Fall National College Media Convention, on Fri., Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. EDT.

Organizational Award

Four-Year Daily Newspaper of the Year
The Daily Orange

Online

Best Breaking News Coverage
Shannon Stubbs & Anne Hayes, The NewsHouse: “#NotAgainSUspended: Latest sit-in prompts student suspensions

Best Podcast
Tony Coffield and Katy MacDonald, Rooted: “The Alpacas of Rocking Horse Farm

Advertising

Best Social Media Strategy
Brooke Schneider, David Schneidman and Shannon Stubbs: High Stakes – The NewsHouse

Design

Best Editorial Illustration
Katie Mulligan, Jerk: “The Sweet Side of College

Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread
Jerk, February 2020

Best Magazine News Page/Spread
Jerk, The Protest Issue

Best Online Main Page
Kevin Camelo: High Stakes – The NewsHouse

Sports

Best Sports Feature
Josh Schafer, The Daily Orange: “In a city full of Girards, Joseph Girard III made it big

Best Multimedia Story
The NewsHouse & Military Visual Program: “The Modern Day Gladiator

Congratulations, finalists!

Newhouse students, publications win in AEJMC Student Magazine Contest

The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, Magazine Division, announced the winners for their 2020 Student Magazine Contest, and the following Newhouse students were recognized for excellence in their work:

Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine-General Excellence
First Place: JERK, The Protest IssueMelissa Chessher, adviser

Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine-Design
First Place: JERK, The Protest Issue, Melissa Chessher, adviser
Second Place: The Renegade, Fall 2019, Melissa Chessher, adviser

Single Issue of an Ongoing Magazine- Editorial
Honorable Mention: The Renegade, Fall 2019, Melissa Chessher, adviser

Online Magazine
Second Place: Rooted, Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, advisers
Third Place: High StakesJon GlassGreg MunnoSeth Gitner & Shelvia Dancy, advisers

New Magazine
First Place: Rooted, Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, advisers
Second Place: The Dot Chronicles, Adam Peruta, adviser

Articles, Special Category: Coronavirus Coverage
First Place: “Pandemic stresses already suffering LGBTQ+ bars,” by Allison Ingrum (The NewsHouse). Terry Egan, adviser
Third Place: “How Quarantine Forced Me to Address My Disordered Eating Patterns” by Brooke Kato (Jerk)

Articles, First Person
First Place: “Fleeing in fear, landing in chaos,” by Shrishti Mathew (The NewsHouse). Jim Shahin, adviser

Articles, Service
Honorable Mention: “A Beginner’s Guide to Chicken Breeds,” by Sajida Ayyup (Rooted). Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, advisers

Articles, Reporting
First Place: “Manila’s informal settlers face relocation in exchange for clean bay,” by Micah Castelo (Mongabay). Melissa Chessher, adviser
Third Place: “Slipping through the cracks of the U.S-Canada border,” by Raven Rentas and Graham Dickie (Borderlines). Greg Munno and Jon Glass, advisers

Articles, People
Second Place: “Neal Powless: SU Ombuds brings a message of healing to a polarized world,” by Amanda Paule (The NewsHouse). Harriet Brown, adviser
Honorable Mention: “This Instagrammer is Turning Roadkill Into Leather Goods,” by Michaela Greer (Rooted). Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, advisers

Articles, Places
First Place: “American Dream Hides Somewhere Along the U.S.-Mexican Border,” by Alex J. Rouhandeh (The NewsHouse). Melissa Chessher, adviser
Second Place: “The Reclamation of Ancestral Herbs,” by Emani Glee (Rooted). Melissa Chessher and Adam Peruta, advisers

Congratulations, all!