Senior Gabe Stern wins Best Article in Hearst Championship Writing competition

Gabe Stern
Gabe Stern

Senior Gabe Stern, who won first place in college investigative reporting in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards, received recognition and another Hearst scholarship in the Hearst Championship Writing competition.

Stern’s first-place win in investigative reporting last month qualified him to participate in the championship, where writers were assigned a writing challenge that is then judged by a panel of journalists and media professionals. Stern received a $1,500 scholarship for his runner up placement, and was awarded Best Article for his work in the challenge.

Congratulations, Gabe!

Newhouse advertising creatives dominate Graphis New Talent awards

With 74 awards in the 2021 Graphis New Talent competition, the Newhouse School led every school in the country.  Only six Platinum advertising awards were given worldwide, and Newhouse creative advertising students won three of them. Nineteen Gold, 27 Silver and 25 Honorable Mentions complete the record award total. This is up from the previous Newhouse record of 61 advertising awards won at the 2020 competition.

The impressive award-winning campaigns were created in portfolio courses taught by Newhouse advertising professors Mel White and Kevin O’Neill.

“When students start in their first Newhouse creative advertising course, Portfolio I, they’re in awe of the ads that won in this competition from our school in previous years,” White says. “Then, three months later, they end up creating campaigns that win in this very competition.”

Senior Sam Luo won two Platinum awards and recent graduate Xinran Xiao won the third. Junior Allison Scherger won a Gold and two Silver awards. Seniors Derek Rosen and Jeffery Robie both won two Gold awards.

 “Every creative in the ad business shows up every morning committed to having the next best idea,” O’Neill says. “It’s enormously valuable for the students to engage in these competitive exercises because that’s what their careers will demand of them.

Luo, art director, won his first Platinum award for his Best Damn Beard Oil print ad campaign “Tame the Animal.” To create a visual metaphor that communicates how the beard oil can soften even the wildest beards, he shows wild animals in the beards of men whose facial hair has been tamed.

“I had a lot of failed attempts and ideas with this campaign,” Luo says. “I went back to the drawing board three times, but I remember being proud of this idea.

White says “going back to the drawing board” is common and students often come back with stronger ideas. No one should feel like a failure because coming up with multiple ideas until you find the right one is part of the creative process, she says.

Luo won his second Platinum award for his McDonald’s print ad campaign “McDelivery,” which features 3-D renderings of the restaurant chain’s iconic golden arches going through city windows to represent the reach of its delivery service.

“The one thing McDonald’s has that Burger King doesn’t is its golden arches,” Luo says. “I thought of how the golden arch would work in real life and came up with the idea of it arching through windows into people’s homes.”

Xiao, art director, won the Platinum award for her Ziploc print ad campaign “Keep Fresh.” She used the insight that Ziploc bags keep food fresh to help guide the campaign.

“It was a long process to figure out the strategy, insight and visual solution before I executed it,” Xiao says. “During my years at Newhouse, I thought the creative thinking process was more important than the execution. I don’t execute every detail perfectly but will insure the insight and creative thinking behind the work are strong.”

Scherger, art director, won Gold for her Decibullz print ad campaign “Decibullz Earplugs,” one of her first campaigns ever. She says her campaign was driven by the insight that most earplugs just reduce decibels instead of blocking out sound.

Allison Scherger’s Gold-winning campaign for Decibullz

“The campaign I created for Decibullz wasn’t about blocking out sounds, but minimizing them,” Scherger says. “As an art director, most of my campaigns are visual solutions. My idea for this was to take the thing making the loud sound and actually minimize it by photoshopping it to be smaller.”

Professor White focuses on teaching students how to create visual solution advertising, where the concept of the ad is communicated in the visual, usually accompanied by a headline.

Scherger won Silver for her OFF Deep Woods campaign “OFF Deep Woods Print Ad” and Hulu print ad campaign “Hulu No Ads.” Scherger says it was an amazing feeling to receive recognition from Graphis New Talent.

“I felt like all of my hard work had paid off,” Scherger says. “I spent countless hours making adjustments to the campaigns. Professor White was very helpful in giving feedback during each round. And I spent 20 hours just photoshopping each campaign. Receiving my first three Graphis Awards made me feel like all of my work was worth it.”

Rosen, copywriter, shares a Gold award with Joyee Lin, art director, for their Burger King mobile app extension “Rumble Detector.” Rosen also won Gold for his Michelin Tires print ad campaign “Noticeable Benefits.”

Derek Rosen’s Gold-winning “Noticeable Benefits” campaign for Michelin Tires

For “Rumble Detector,” Rosen and Lin created the digital idea based on a brief from the Young Ones competition to create Burger King digital coupons to delight and surprise consumers. It rewards app users based on the growl of their hungry stomachs. The louder the rumble, the better the coupon.

“We were thinking about what could make people happy,” Rosen says. “We came up with the idea that the hungrier people are, the more food they want. We thought, ‘Why don’t we give them more coupons or better ones depending on their level of hunger?’ Then we thought rumbles from your stomach was a funny way to show this and also fit into Burger King’s comedic and edgy tone.”

Robie, copywriter, won two Gold awards for his Bulldog Skincare print ad campaign “Bulldog Skincare for Men” and his Spalding print ad campaign “Spalding.”

Professors White and O’Neill are two of the five Platinum award-winning advertising instructors worldwide in this competition. White won three Platinum, 16 Gold, 23 Silver and 16 Honorable Mention teaching awards. O’Neill won two Platinum, six Gold, six Silver and 10 Honorable Mention teaching awards. According to the Graphis website, the annual competition “presents award-winning work from students whose instructors have inspired and challenged them to achieve brilliance.”

The Graphis New Talent Awards is an international competition that honors the best rising talent in advertising and other communication arts. The Platinum, Gold and Silver winning campaigns are featured in a hardcover book called the “Graphis New Talent Annual,” and the Honorable Mentions are listed. The Newhouse creative advertising winners are also featured on the Graphis website for advertising print and outdoor and for advertising case study videos.

Newhouse Winners

Newhouse creative advertising Platinum winners: Sam Luo (“McDelivery” and “Tame the Animal”) and Xinran Xiao (“Keep Fresh”).

Newhouse creative advertising Gold winners: Talia Adler (“Inescapable”), Emily Babcock and Jordanna Drazin (“Google Mind”), Maia Baptiste and Joe Cutuli (“Cashcan”), Catarina Baumgart de Melo (“Sony Sportable Handycam”), Brian Chau (“All great work starts with a sketch”), Xinyue Chen (“ Print Ad”), Rachel Hayashi (“Avoid the Mess”), Benjamin Lin (“Must’ve been a Wrangler”), Joyee Lin and Derek Rosen (“Rumble Detector”), Sam Luo (“Go Wild,” “See Bigger,” “The New E-Golf,” “Go in deep,” and “Exhale!”), Jeffrey Robie (“Bulldog Skincare for Men” and “Spalding”), Derek Rosen (“Noticeable Benefits”), Allison Scherger (“Decibullz Earplugs”), and Jennifer Suhr (“Mophie Powerstation Campaign”).

Newhouse creative advertising Silver winners: Talia Adler (“Flakes Don’t Belong in Your World”), Selin Akyurek (“It’s Better to be Taller”), Emily Bright (“Brita Filter Campaign”), Alye Chaisson (“What If?”), Addie Christoper and Jack Lyons (“Thursday Boots Co. Campaign”), Clare Coey (“Unimaginably Fresh”), Grace Curran (“Ugly Fruit”), Joe DeBlasio (“Perspective” and “24/7, 365”), Shawn Depaz and Spencer Krimsky (“Miller Genuine Draft: No Bull, Just Beer”), Sierra Fentress (“Sierra Club Print Ads”), Olivia Gormley and Sam Luo (“A Step Behind”), Rachel Hayashi (“Snack Healthier”), Benjamin Lin (“Upgrade your Home”), Victoria Lin (“Carry Nintendo Switch Around”), Jessica Mastorides (“Flamin’ Hot Cheetos”), Alex Mayeri (“The North Face: Concrete Jungle”), Sierra Outcalt (“Smells So Natural”), Jeffrey Roble (“Samsung 8K”), Derek Rosen (“Long Lasting Impact”), Allison Scherger (“OFF Deep Woods Print Ad” and “Hulu No Ads”), Lynn Seah (“Haribo”), Yuri Suh (“Evolution of Ideas with Post-it Notes”), Jennifer Suhr (“The Special Olympics Exhibition”), and Ashley Watchfogel (“Finis Duo Underwater Headphones” and “National Geographic Magazine”).

Newhouse creative advertising Honorable Mentions: Megan Adams (“Converse Renew”), Selin Akyurek (“Get. Real. Write it by hand”), Emily Babcock and Jordanna Drazin (“Talk to the Times”), Alye Chaisson (“Spotlight”), Clare Coey and Sierra Outcalt (“BLM x The Economist”), Grace Curran (“The Outcast” and “Ugly Fruit Outdoor”), Joe DeBlasio (“Any Environment.” and “The Bully Project – Unveiling ‘boys will be boys’”), Olivia DeLorenzo and Mike Gaines (“Nike+ #Shutout”), Shawn Depaz and Spencer Krimsky (“Honest Tea”), Sierra Fentress (“Herschel Backpacks Print Ads”), Rachel Hayashi (“The Only Tool You Need”), Kristen Heglin (“Calphalon – Too Slick”), Camille Lavoie (“Ketel One Print Campaign”), Victoria Lin (“Carry Nintendo Switch Around”), Amelia Lytle (“Oberon Brewing Summer Love” and “Trader Joe’s Print Ad”), Jessica Mastorides (“Windex Campaign” and “Vans Campaign”), Maggie de Poortere (“The Loss of Simple Joys” and “Concert Quality Sound”), Lynn Seah (“Adidas x Parley Ocean Plastic Primeblue Sneakers”), Eric Storms (“Ray-Ban: Timeless Confidence”), Yuri Suh (“Prevent Sweat That’s Horrifying to Go Near”), Jennifer Suhr (“This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray”), and Shaoli Yusaf (“The Bully Project – Unveiling ‘boys will be boys’” and “Calphalon – Too Slick”).

Samantha Savery is a graduate student in arts journalism and communications at the Newhouse School.

Newhouse students win three national Mark of Excellence Awards

The Society for Professional Journalists announced the national winners of their annual Mark of Excellence contest, which recognizes excellence in student journalism. Newhouse students and student projects took three categories with first place wins, and were finalists in nine total categories. Congratulations, all!

National Winners:

Television Feature Reporting
National Winner
: “Joe Biden’s Time at Syracuse Law School,” Ricky Sayer (Citrus TV)

Online Sports Reporting
National Winner:
“How sports culture undermines athletes long after they graduate,” Madeleine Davison (The 61% Project)

Online/Digital Sports Videography
National Winner:
“Chasing the dragon,” Cole Strong (The NewsHouse)

National Finalists:

General News Reporting, Large School Division
National Finalist: “Between 2 worlds: how Syracuse’s racist housing policies created a racial divide,” by Marnie Muñoz (The Daily Orange)

Feature Photography, Large School Division
National Finalist: “Hemp Harvest Festival buzzes with freedom,” by Emily Kenny (High Stakes)

Sports Photography, Large School Division
National Finalist:
 “Men’s lacrosse grinds out second-half comeback for massive win in defensive showdown,” by Zoe Davis (The NewsHouse)

Radio Sports Reporting
National Finalist: “SU’s fight for social justice,” by Jenna Fink (WAER)

Television Breaking News Reporting
National Finalist:
 “Trolley accident,” by Greg Bradbury (Citrus TV)

Online In-Depth Reporting
National Finalist:
 “High stakes: The risks and rewards of legalizing marijuana,” by High Stakes Staff (The NewsHouse)

Best Independent Online Student Publication
National Finalist:
 “The 61% Project,” by 61% Project Staff

Broadcast Sports Videography
National Finalist:
 “Project Dad’,” by Julianna D’Urzo, Lindsay Eastwood, Peyton Smith (ACC Network)

Immersion Journalism
National Finalist:
 “Tour Cornell’s research facility where New York’s hemp industry takes root,” by Sonny Cirasuolo, Amanda Paule (High Stakes)

View the full announcement>>

Society for News Design honors Newhouse students, projects

The Society for News Design announced the winners of their annual Student News Design contest, and Newhouse students and student projects walked away with four 1st place awards. Congratulations, winners!

Sports Page Design

1st Place: Shannon Kirkpatrick, Sarah Allam, “Weighing In” (The Daily Orange)

3rd Place: Katie Getman, “Double Standard” (The Daily Orange)

Feature Page Design

3rd Place: Nabeeha Anwar, “Star Gazing” (The Daily Orange)

Art and Illustration

Honorable Mention: Nabeeha Anwar “LaCrosse Guide” (The Daily Orange)

Digital Storytelling

1st Place: Ali Harford, “Inclusion” (The 61% Project)

2nd Place: Kevin Camelo, “The Risks and Rewards of Legalizing Marijuana” (High Stakes, The NewsHouse)

Standalone Multimedia

2nd Place: Sam Berlin, Amber Morrison, Madison Snyder, “Building Recovery in Solo Cup Land” (The 61% Project)

Best-Designed Magazine

2nd Place, Jerk Magazine

Best-Designed Website

1st Place, The NewsHouse

Best Student Newspaper

1st Place, The Daily Orange

View the full announcement>>

Newhouse senior wins first place in Hearst college investigative reporting competition

Newhouse School senior Gabe Stern has been awarded first place in college investigative reporting, part of William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. This is the first time a Newhouse student has taken the top spot in the prestigious competition.

Gabe Stern

Stern, a newspaper and online journalism major, won for the article “In New York prisons, widespread package room complaints go unresolved,” published in The Daily Orange.

“I’m really honored that the story would even be considered by Hearst,” he says. “I’m thankful for the professors who encouraged me to apply and everyone who has been so supportive these past four years.”

“Gabe’s investigative series on conditions in New York State prisons illuminates issues that haven’t been acknowledged or discussed,” says Professor Harriet Brown. “The reporting he did took persistence and skill, and we’re so pleased these stories earned him a first place win in this category.”

Stern’s award-winning article was published in January, but he says he started reporting on prisons last summer. “Once I built my sourcing up, I was able to kind of see how things play out in a more candid way than I thought I would. There’s so much that happens within each prison across the state—much more than just package rooms—and a goal of mine was to shed some light on that. There’s a lot of open ground that’s not reported on in prisons right now, so I hope this article could help scratch that surface.”

Stern’s win earns him a $3,000 scholarship, and the Newhouse School will receive a matching grant. Stern also qualifies for the Writing Championship next month.

This year’s investigative reporting competition drew 78 entries from 47 universities.

“Good investigative journalism is critical to our democracy,” says Dean Mark J. Lodato. “We are so proud of Gabe and all of our journalism students. Winning this championship speaks to the strength of our program and the faculty who help our students succeed at the highest levels.”

Adds Brown: “We’re over the moon about winning the overall writing competition for the first time. It’s a testament to our students’ talents and hard work—especially in the middle of a pandemic.”

Stern won fourth place in the Hearst breaking news competition last year, also for work he did for The Daily Orange (DO). He joined the paper as a staff writer in the fall of his first year at Syracuse, and has held positions as assistant news editor, senior staff writer and, for the past year, enterprise editor.

The Needham, Massachusetts native has also worked as a reporting intern for the Dow Jones News Fund and the Naples Daily News. He will intern with the Tampa Bay Times this summer.

Newhouse sophomore receives Devesty-Williams scholarship from Syracuse Press Club

Shannon Kirkpatrick
Shannon Kirkpatrick

Shannon Kirkpatrick, a sophomore studying graphic design, was announced as the winner of the Devesty-Williams scholarship from the Syracuse Press Club yesterday.

The scholarship, which provides $2,000 to an undergraduate journalism student each year, is based on academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, work experience, a personal philosophy statement, media samples and professional references. Four of the last five Devesty-Williams scholarship recipients have been Newhouse students.

Congratulations, Shannon!

2021 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, and thank you for making the Newhouse School proud.

2021 Newhouse Award Winners

All School Awards

Class Marshals

Dean’s Service Award

Mary Zoretski Award

Newhouse First Year Achievement Award

Graduate School Masters Prize

Catherine L. Covert Research Award

David Rubin 1st Amendment Prize

Oh, the Places You’ll Go Award

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 Awards

Bandier Program Leadership Award

Bandier Program Innovator/Operator Award

Broadcast & Digital Journalism Awards

Beth Mowins ’90 Award in Broadcast & Digital Journalism

Don Edwards Broadcast Journalism Award

The Radio-TV-News Power Producer Award

Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Awards

Bob Heisler Award for Excellence

Heather L. Fleishman Memorial Scholarship

Henry J. Leader Memorial Prize in Editing

Henry J. Wolff Prize

Lauretta H. McCaffrey Journalism Prize

Maria Riccardi Scholarship

The Charnice Milton Award for Excellence

The John Mitchell Award for Sports Reporting

The Samuel V. Kennedy III Award

The Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Graduate Achievement Award

William Glavin Award for Excellence

Public Relations Awards

Julie Mendez Diversity and Inclusion Award

Public Relations Certificate of Achievement

The Public Relations Department Chair Award for Leadership

The Public Relations Public Service Award

William Doescher Outstanding Public Relations Master’s Degree Student

William P. Ehling Award

Television, Radio and Film Awards

A. William Bluem Award

Armondo Doreste Award

Edward L. Hersh Award

George Plavocos Award

Glenn Steinfast Award for Excellence

Gordon J. Alderman Memorial Prize

Irene M. Sholkin Prize in Script Writing

Stan Alten Excellence in Audio Award

Zach Trifone Love of Life and Music Award

Visual Communication Awards

Bertram J. Davis Scholar Award

Dr. Frank Meola Photography Prize

Kodak Professional Photography Scholarship

Jeff Licata Photography Award

Society for News Design/Marshall Matlock

Visual Communication Department Prize in Graphic Design

Visual Communication Department Prize in Immersive Media

Visual Communication Department Prize in Motion Graphics

Visual Communication Department Prize in Video Production

Syracuse Press Club announces 2021 finalists

The Syracuse Press Club announced the finalists in its 2021 competition, which includes both student and professional categories, and Newhouse School students and media organizations received recognition. The winners will be announced at the Syracuse Press Club Awards Banquet, scheduled for Sept. 25. Congratulations, finalists!


Sports Story

Sports Show

  • WAER, Karl Moeglein, Gil Gross, Corey Spector and Cooper Boardman, “Syracuse v. North Carolina Countdown to Kickoff”
  • WAER, Owen Valentine and Max Chadwick, “Sportsnight: Syracuse Basketball Preview Show Pandemic and Expectations”


Investigative Story

  • NCC News, Alex Peebles, “Peebles for the People”

News Feature


  • The Stand, Jeff Kramer, “Census Concerns”



Photo Essay

  • The Stand, Mike Greenlar and Herm Card, “CNY Bicycle Giveaway”

Carl Single Award for Spot News Photography

  •, Ricky Sayer, “High School Students Lead Thousands on Youth Black Lives Matter March”


Breaking News


Print News Story

Print Sports Story

Print Feature Story

Radio/Podcast News Story

Television News Story

  • Citrus TV, Ricky Sayer, “The Quietest of Game Days”
  • Citrus TV, Ricky Sayer, Erin Lyons, Rob Flaks and Kathryn Goralski, “Special Report: Faculty Under Pressure”

Television Sports Story

  • Citrus TV, Cameron Macaulay, “Brendan Curry Shares His Homewood Connection”
  • The NewsHouse, Julia Skeval, Adam Klepp, Justin Glowacki and Jakob Konwiser, “The Creator’s Game

Radio/Podcast Feature Story

Television Feature Story

Multimedia Story

Newhouse senior revives SU’s only LGBTQIA+ magazine

Patrick Linehan
Patrick Linehan

When Patrick Linehan, a senior studying newspaper and online journalism, heard that the campus LGBTQIA+ magazine, The OutCrowd, was in danger of folding in the fall of 2018, his initial response was sorrow.

Melissa Chessher, chair of the magazine, news and digital journalism department, had invited Linehan to speak to first-year students about his Newhouse experience, and mentioned that unless someone re-registered The OutCrowd with the Office of Student Activities, that was going to be it for the only campus magazine serving SU’s LGBTQIA+ community.

Linehan, who had an honors thesis idea due within the next couple of days, was struck with inspiration. “I was like, ‘Here we go. This is falling into my lap,’” he says.

Linehan personally connected with the magazine, which combined his passion for journalism with his personal identity. 

“A lot of my college experience was a coming to terms with who I am and stopping fighting against my own interests and my own personality,” he says.

The first step was recruitment. Linehan sent out invitations to work on the magazine through several listservs and gathered about 50 students who showed interest.

“The second stage was, ‘What is this magazine going to be?’” says Linehan. “I didn’t want to rush into producing a magazine, so I decided to wait until the spring to publish.”

Linehan wanted The OutCrowd to be primarily about community.

“It’s interconnecting. It’s a community of LGBTQIA+ and ally creators who are trying to share art for people on campus who exist outside of a heteronormative world.”

Linehan and his team talked to professors in LGBTQ studies, members of Pride Union and people who worked on the magazine years ago to get an idea of how to define the content in ways that would best serve that community.

Once they got their ideas together and went over several drafts, the first revived issue of The OutCrowd, Queer in Quarantine, was published in March.

“It’s really great that we have so many young people involved in the magazine,” says Linehan. One of the first-year students from Chessher’s class is now the managing editor of the magazine.

“I hope that it continues to grow as another space for queer people to hang out,” says Linehan. “One thing I discovered as we were going through this is that there are spaces that exist, but there’s always room for more. I think [there are] a lot of queer people in Newhouse.”

Now that Linehan is graduating, he hopes students will continue to take risks and join publications that may not be as well established.

“I’m super inspired by people who are willing to take a risk and try to forge something new,” says Linehan. “I thank them and hope they can continue that sense of entrepreneurship and willingness to do something because you really love it.”

The OutCrowd is open to everyone regardless of their identity. Those interested in joining can apply online.

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

61% Project receives honorable mention in Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards 2021

An overhead shot of a full college auditorium with one side black and white and the other in color with the 61% logo superimposed.

The 61% Project, a special multimedia project built as part of the MND 504 capstone class which focused on mental health issues faced by college students, has received yet another recognition, this time an honorable mention from the business magazine Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas Awards, which honors student projects.