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.

Magazine, news and digital journalism student selected to receive paid editorial internship at Forbes

Forbes Magazine has selected magazine, news and digital journalism junior Haniyah Philogene to be its first intern through a new partnership with the Newhouse School.

The partnership, announced in January, provides a paid editorial summer internship. Philogene will spend 10-12 weeks this summer as a remote intern with the Forbes newsroom.

“Haniyah is a campus leader with impressive internship experience and work on award-winning campus magazines,” says magazine, news and digital journalism chair Melissa Chessher. “We’re lucky to have her here at Newhouse, and Forbes is lucky to have her on their team this summer.”

Newhouse graduate student wins photography scholarship

Zoe Davis, a graduate student in the multimedia, photography and design program, was one of 12 college students selected by the National Press Photographers Foundation to receive the Brown/Falwell Storytelling Scholarship, given to students whose portfolios emphasize storytelling in multimedia. Zoe won the scholarship based on a selection of stories she produced during her Newhouse classes.

Congratulations, Zoe!

Newhouse students win in White House News Photographers Association contest

Madeline Powell G’20, a graduate of the Goldring arts journalism and communications program, and photography junior Cole Strong both won first place in two different categories of the White House News Photographers Association Eyes of History student contest.

Powell took first place in the General News or Feature: Natural Sound category fo her piece “I Am My Crown” which examines the beauty and stigma of natural Black hair.

Strong won first place in the sports category for “Chasing the Dragon,” which details Newhouse assistant professor Ulf Oesterle’s quest to make the Paralympics. Oesterle teaches in the Bandier Program. Strong recently placed 12th in the Hearst Journalism Awards program with “Chasing the Dragon.”

Congratulations, Madeline and Cole!

Students win big in Graphis New Talent Annual 2021 competition

Newhouse students were recognized with 22 awards in the Graphis New Talent Annual 2021 competition. They won for original typefaces and stamps created in the VIS 317 Typographic Design course taught by adjunct Claudia Strong.

Each fall, Strong challenges her students to develop new typefaces inspired by Newhouse faculty and staff. That work paid off for student Xiaoqian Dong, who won a Gold for her typographic work, Calla Lily, inspired by Martha Coria, assistant director of graduate professional programs.

Student Xiaoqian Dong's Gold Graphis award-winning typeface, Calla Lily
Xiaoqian Dong won a Gold award for her typographic work, Calla Lily,

Three students won Silver awards for their typographic work: Meghan Gulley for Broadcast, inspired by broadcast and digital journalism chair Chris Tuohey; Elizabeth Wolf for Coordinate, inspired by academic adviser Kristin Cutler; and Natalia Deng Yuan for Flow Script, inspired by dean’s administrative assistant Heather Speach.

Honorable Mentions went to Kacie Price for Gloaming (Max Devesty); Shuchen Zhang for Poly (Steve Masiclat); Emily Baird for Global Sans (Carol Liebler); Shannon Kirkpatrick for Resolute (Tracy Feocco); Marisa West for Ingenious (Evan Smith); Zuzanna Mlynarczyk for Lodato Oblique (Mark Lodato); and Lydia Herne for Zinger Display (Adam Peruta).

In the stamps category, two students won Silver awards: Shannon Kirkpatrick for “To the Moon and Back: Women of NASA,” and Huiru Yu for “Through the Decades: Women’s Fashion Trends in the Early 20th Century.”

Student Shannon Kirkpatrick's Silver Graphis award-winning stamp design To the Moon and Back: Women of NASA
Shannon Kirkpatrick won a Silver award for “To the Moon and Back: Women of NASA.”

Honorable Mentions went to Natalia Deng Yuan for “Diversifying Space”; Payton Alibrandi for “African American Astronauts”; Amanda Smith for “Aloha from the Islands”; Gianna Corrente for “Inspirational Despite Every Obstacle”; Kashawn Stroman for “Time for a Change: Black Lives Matter”; Nya Bragg for “Breaking Barriers: African American Athletes”; Catie Haugen for “Colorfully in Love: LGBTQ Activists”; Maya Goosmann for “Uniquely American”; and Deleha Decker for “Oreos.”

Student Huiru Yu's Silver Graphis award-winning stamp design Through the Decades: Women’s Fashion Trends in the Early 20th Century
Huiru Yu won a Silver award for “Through the Decades: Women’s Fashion Trends in the Early 20th Century.”

Magazine, news and digital journalism senior finals in student innovation competition

Hanna Martin

Hanna Martin, a senior in magazine, news and digital journalism (MND), is a finalist in the Reynolds Journalism Institute’s 2021 Student Innovation Competition.

Associate Professor Aileen Gallagher used the competition as a class assignment, and challenged students to increase community engagement with The Stand, a community newspaper serving Syracuse’s southside neighborhood. Martin pitched a student writing contest, and her idea made it to the national competition’s final round.

With the help of Stand director Ashley Kang, MND assistant professor Greg Munno, and the Syracuse School District, Martin spent winter break selecting the winners, whose entries were published in The Stand.

Martin will present her project to judges for the innovation competition Feb. 26. The first prize for the competition is $10,000.

Congratulations and good luck, Hanna!

First-ever Newhouse Creative Challenge announces winners

The Newhouse School held its first-ever Creative Challenge over winter break, encouraging students whose internship opportunities were minimized by the pandemic to create their own multimedia projects, gaining experience while competing for cash prizes. Students submitted ideas for projects, and were matched with faculty advisers who helped them realize their ideas. Winners were announced Feb. 18.

1st place: Swipe

Jacob Hearl and Luke Stirpe (television, radio and film seniors)
Faculty Project Advisor: Shaina Holmes
Prize: $250

2nd place: You have the right to vote in silence

Adriana Rozas Rivera (magazine, news and digital journalism graduate student)
Faculty Project Advisor: Greg Munno
Prize: $100

3rd place: Learning Culture

Jessica Kelleher and Sonia Bartolomeo (television, radio and film graduate students)
Faculty Advisor: Michael Schoonmaker
Prize: $50

Congratulations, winners!

Creative advertising students won 151 awards in 2019-20, the most in program history

In the last three years, Newhouse creative advertising students have seen tremendous growth in the number of wins at award shows worldwide. They won 127 awards during the 2017-18 awards season, followed by 142 awards in 2018-19. In 2019-20, students won an unprecedented 151 awards. Award season began last winter and ended during the pandemic, which makes the winners’ perseverance in overcoming challenges notable.

“It’s amazing that our students continued to carry the glory in the past year,” says James Tsao, chair of the advertising department. “[This is] thanks to our tireless professors, who keep raising the bar [and] made us be a creative powerhouse.”

All of the award-winning work was created in portfolio courses taught by professors Mel White and Kevin O’Neill.

Award-winning Scotch Tape ad by student Rachel Hayashi
Rachel Hayashi ’21, art director, Scotch Heavy Duty Shipping Tape, “The Strongest Hold”

Record Season

Sixty-two students won awards in some of the most prestigious competitions worldwide.

Awards season began with double wins at the Clio Awards, the world’s most recognizable international advertising awards, according to Time magazine. Then-students Yuxin Xiong and Will Milowsky’s idea, Drive Awake, won one of seven gold student awards worldwide—and the only gold award for Student Innovation. They used new technology to solve the problem of accidents caused by drivers falling asleep at the wheel.

Mike Gaines was the first-ever Newhouse student to win a National ADDY Award. He won for his silver-winning campaign, Jeep Views. His billboard campaign featured a cut-out of the iconic Jeep grill with mountains visible behind it.

At the One Show Young Ones Art Directors Club competition, one of the world’s most acclaimed competitive showcases for advertising, there were only two print ad campaigns awarded worldwide, and Newhouse’s Sam Luo won one of them, for his Oral-B Floss campaign, Go In Deep. Emily Babcock and Jordanna Drazin won two awards for their experiential campaign Talk to the Times for The New York Times, sponsored by Droga5 for the One Show Young Ones Brief and ADC competitions. Janine Fernandez and Ari Schnitzer won for Spotify Drive, for Spotify, an idea for an app extension that plays music in response to the environment that continually changes while driving.

Award-winning Oral-b ad by student Sam Luo
Sam Luo ‘21, art director, Oral-b Glide Floss, “Go In Deep”

Out of all universities in the U.S., Newhouse students won the most at the New York Festivals Advertising Awards. Students won two bronze, five finalist and two shortlist awards.  

Out of over 1,000 student entries worldwide, Newhouse creative advertising students won two out of 28 awards in the prestigious Lurzers International Archive Students Contest. The two campaign winners were published, and two more were pre-selected for the international publication, which is also an honor.

Sixty-one awards were won in the Advertising Division of the Graphis New Talent competition, the most out of all colleges worldwide in that division. Out of the eight Platinum advertising awards given in the competition, an impressive five were won by Newhouse creative advertising students.

In the Communications Arts Student Showcase, Ivor Guest won one out of 13 awards for campaigns for Xbox, U-Haul and Smart Car.

In Ads of the World, 55 student ad campaigns ranging from print to digital were selected to be published.

Award-winning GoPro ad by student Joyee Lin
Joyee Lin ’20, art director, GoPro, “Adventure On”

151 creative advertising awards won by Newhouse students in the 2019-2020 school year:

Award-winning Folgers ad by student Ben Lin
Ben Lin ’21, art director, Folgers, “Fastest Brew”

Alumna earns top 10 spot for student work in the Hearst Explanatory Reporting contest

Newhouse alumna Emily Kelleher ’19 was a top 10 winner in college explanatory reporting in the 61st annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.


Kelleher placed 7th for an article she wrote as a student in the magazine program. “Why Haven’t Sexual-Assault Statistics Improved?” focused on the grim reality of sexual assault on campus, and various remedies—successful and unsuccessful—that colleges and universities have tried to implement over the last few decades.

“Sexual assault is a startlingly ubiquitous kind of violence… And despite recent increases in awareness, these rates remain stubbornly consistent, identical to those researchers found when they first started collecting data on the subject in the 80s,” Kelleher says. “Media attention on the topic tends to focus on issues of adjudication, and how schools reckon with the harm their students have caused. My story attempted to shine a light on the people working to prevent harm before it happens, ultimately pushing the American college experience towards something less synonymous with violence.”

Kelleher’s article was published as part of The 61% Project, a special-interest, digital publication exploring the mental-health crisis on college campuses, which was created by students in the the magazine capstone course MND 504 Multimedia Projects.

“I’m so grateful to have spent almost four years in an environment that made writing a piece like mine feel possible, and for all the professors who saw potential in me and pushed me towards it,” Kelleher says.

Kelleher is now a contributing editor and SEO researcher at Fatherly, where she covers health, science, culture and commerce.

Short film made by Newhouse students accepted to Garden State Film Festival

Television, radio and film sophomores Toby Aronson and Kiley Herlihy made the film last spring as first-year students after their COM 117 class was suddenly taken online by the COVID-19 crisis.

During the second semester of their first year at Syracuse University, students Toby Aronson and Kiley Herlihy were getting ready to produce a short film for professor Corey Takahashi‘s COM 117 class when COVID shut everything down.

“Toby and I both decided we wanted to do the best we could given the circumstances,” says Herlihy. While she was at home in Connecticut, and Aronson was in New Jersey, they had to think creatively in order to write and produce their class assignment.

“Our first meeting was more about COVID than our actual work, and we thought, ‘Let’s do something with our fears,'” says Aronson. Based on that idea, the two wrote “The Messenger,” a short film that imagines a dystopian world where the masses are manipulated during a pandemic. The film has two parts, each played by Aronson and Herlihy.

“We both had cameras, which was really lucky,” says Herlihy. “We wrote it so that only one of us had to be in a scene at a time. We each filmed our own parts in our own houses. [Aronson] sent me the files of her recordings and I edited it all together.”

When Aronson’s mother suggested they submit the final product to the Garden State Film Festival, the team decided to go for it.

“We wanted to see,” says Herlihy. “We really liked it, we were proud of what we made, but we were also freshmen and didn’t know anything about what was good or not.”

A few months later, they received the news; the film had been accepted to the festival.

Takahashi expressed pride in their accomplishment, especially given the circumstances.

“Toby and Kiley pulled off this project during an absolute depth of uncertainty—just a few weeks into the very first round of pandemic lockdowns,” says Takahashi. “Back then, none of us thought this would last for a year, though I did encourage students to make the most of the fact that they were living through an undeniable moment in history.”

Even though the festival might have some accommodations for people wanting to go in person, Aronson says she and Herlihy plan to attend the event online.

“For Christmas, I got a projector, so I’m going to plug in my computer and have a screening,” says Aronson, who plans to have Herlihy over for a socially-distanced celebration. “We’ll make it special.”

The Garden State Film Festival runs March 23-28.