Newhouse student, recent graduates earn honors at Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships

A record number of Newhouse School students and recent graduates competed in the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships this past week in San Francisco with two earning Top 3 honors and one earning an additional special award.  

From left: John Perik, Christopher Cicchiello, Moriah Humiston and Abigal Weiss

Abigail Weiss ’22 was recognized with a $1,000 award for Best Reporting Technique. She also placed 3rd in the Writing division and earned a $5,000 scholarship for multiple articles she wrote during the competition with four other student journalists. Weiss secured her place in the five-day national contest by earning 1st Place in the Profile/Personality monthly competition for her Daily Orange feature about President Biden’s first wife, Neilia.

Moriah Humiston ’22 placed 3rd in the Television division, earning a $5,000 scholarship for reporting and producing broadcast stories during the five-day contest. Earlier this year, Humiston was top winner in the Television Features category for video stories on COVID-19 testing at Syracuse University and a bocce community in Rome, New York.

Joining them as national finalists were Christopher Cicchiello ’22, who was the 1st Place winner in Hearst’s Sports Writing contest, and broadcast and digital journalism sophomore John Perik, who competed in the Television division. Each were awarded $1,500 scholarships.

This year’s four finalists marked the most Newhouse School students ever participating in the annual championships for what are considered “the Pulitzers of college journalism.”

For the year, 10 undergraduate students and projects had Top 20 finishes, giving the Newhouse School a 5th place finish among the 103 accredited university communications programs nationally. Newhouse placed 3rd in both the Writing and Audio & Television divisions and was awarded $2,000 prizes for each. Also, Newhouse placed 7th in the Multimedia division.

Alumnus Larry Kramer ’72 (right) and Newhouse dean Mark Lodato (third from left) join Hearst competitors Christopher Cicchiello, Moriah Humiston, Abigail Weiss and John Perik at the competition in San Francisco.

Creative advertising students raked in an astounding 195 awards in one year, setting a new school record

Creative advertising students at the Newhouse School set the program record by winning an impressive 195 awards in one year.

“What most impressed me about the awards the Newhouse creative advertising students won was not the amount but the range,” says Taras Wayner, former chief creative officer of Wunderman Thompson in New York and an alumnus of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “The design and clarity of the ideas covered the complete spectrum of modern media solutions that will attract the attention of every agency in the world.”

“I’m so proud of all of our creative advertising students, who can use these opportunities to show what they have learned, and more importantly, what they can take to industry. This is a wonderful way to spotlight their creative advertising work as well as the level of education you get here at the Newhouse School,” says Mark J. Lodato, dean of the Newhouse School. 

“The Newhouse advertising department is uniquely positioned to ensure that our students succeed at the highest levels,” Lodato says. “There is a wonderful mix of faculty with deep, professional experience and some strong scholars who bring an additional level of research and innovation. Together that makes for a very powerful curriculum and support system for our students to be able to perform so well at these national and even international competitions and in the industry.”

“It’s an amazing achievement that creative students have won 195 awards within a year,” says James Tsao, chair of the advertising department. “Only one word could summarize the remarkable achievement—pride!”  

All award-winning work was created in the Portfolio I, II and III courses taught by professors Mel White and Kevin O’Neill as part of the creative advertising track. Students in those courses are training as art directors and copywriters. 

At the One Show Young Ones Brief competition, the Burger King campaign created by art director/copywriter team Rachel Hayashi and Jessica Mastorides, “Have it the Real Way” (video), earned one of the most prestigious advertising awards: Newhouse’s first Silver Pencil. The humorous campaign flaunted real Burger King food in its imperfect glory through posters featuring floppy cheese and smushed buns and clear sandwich packaging to show the always real, never fake food. The campaign even capitalized on Burger King’s rivalry with McDonald’s. Using AirDrop, McDonald’s customers were prompted to scan their burger in the Burger King app. Then, Google Lens would search for McDonald’s ad and calculate the percent difference between the actual burger and the way too perfect-looking one in the ad. The percentage became a whopping Burger King discount for the customer.  

Newhouse earned two additional One Show Young Ones Brief awards. Art director/copywriter team Brian Chau and Alye Chaisson received a merit award for their Spotify campaign, “Drive into Your Daily Drive” (video), which evolved Spotify’s “Daily Drive” commuting playlists for road trips in response to the sharp drop in commuting during the Covid-19 pandemic. Next to a state’s “Welcome to” sign, digital billboards display a song selected by a famous musician born in the state and airdrops the celebrity’s curated “Daily Drive” playlist to your phone for a one-of-a-kind road trip experience.

Art director Sam Luo’s WhatsApp “On Hold” (video) earned a shortlist award for its innovative integration of mental health and technology through cell-blocking “On Hold” towers in high stress areas, automatic away messages and mental health scans through facial recognition. The campaign also included streetwear printed with barcodes that, when scanned, would take users to the WhatsApp On Hold app for mental health support.

The One Show Young Ones ADC competition earned Newhouse the coveted Silver Cube, another program first. Art director/copywriter team Sarah Sek and Jessica Miranda created the award-winning LEGO campaign “Infinicoaster”(video). The interactive campaign combined digital and physical play with a LEGO set that allows kids to build and experience the roller coaster of their dreams. Hi-tech bricks outfitted with ultrasonic sensors allow kids to ride their coaster creations on the LEGO phone app using virtual reality.

Newhouse also received three merit awards at One Show Young Ones ADC. Art director/copywriter team Cerinn Park and Marta Lala won for P&G “uTINTsil” (video), a set of color-changing utensils for kids designed to detect different allergens in food for a safer lunchtime. Kelsi Ryan and Chloe Greenwald, an art director/copywriter team, were awarded for Apple x Glaad “Deadnaming” (video), an Apple software update that adds preferred pronouns to contacts and uses AI to autocorrect digital deadnaming and misgendering. Luo’s “McDelivery” earned the third merit award.

The record-setting continued at the Clio Awards, where Newhouse ranked among the top five most-awarded schools worldwide, winning a record-breaking five Clio awards. Luo earned four of the five awards including a Bronze Clio for “McDelivery.”

In Luo’s print campaign, the famous McDonald’s golden arches swoop through late-night cityscapes to land in apartment windows, showing off McDonald’s delivery service. 

Luo also won Clio shortlists for Hermes “The Silk Definition,” capturing the luxury of the brand’s signature scarves through sweeping landscapes crafted by silk, and Jeep “Go Wild,” mimicking adventurous landscapes through extreme close-ups of zebra stripes and giraffe spots for Jeeps to explore. Luo and copywriter Olivia Gormley secured another Clio shortlist with Amazon + Connect4Climate “Amazon Greenscreen” (video), an integrated campaign featuring an Amazon search filter that displays eco-friendly products; an in-app camera scanner to find more sustainable alternatives to everyday products; and a scoring system to track personal progress towards a greener lifestyle. 

Maia Baptista and Joe Cutuli, art director / copywriter team, won a Clio Shotlist with their Coca-Cola “Cashcan” (video). The idea was created during a 10-minute brainstorming exercise in the Portfolio III course. The duo’s concept focused on helping the Coca-Cola company incentivize its consumers to recycle its products by creating high-tech CashCan recycling bins conveniently placed on city blocks. These bins would scan bottles’ barcodes and, using Apple Pay, transfer money into the user’s bank account.

Newhouse students took home three gold National ADDY awards. Luo earned two of the three gold awards. Luo and Gormley won for the “A Step Behind” campaign for Girls Who Code which emphasized the need for STEM education among young girls. In the campaign, various race tracks are shown with one lane’s start line set behind the rest. This racing position, paired with taglines like, “Behind before she even started,” conveys the disadvantages girls face when they aren’t given opportunities to explore STEM skills at a young age. 

Luo’s second National ADDY gold was for “Go in Deep,” a print ad campaign for Oral-B Glide Floss featuring a scuba diver, mountain climber and parachuter traveling between two massive teeth to show just how deep the floss can go. 

Art director Allison Scherger won a National ADDY gold award for her “Decibullz Earplugs” campaign. Scherger’s ads feature people wielding common noisemakers, like trumpets and chainsaws, scaled to miniature size with the tagline, “Minimize big sounds.” 

At the Golden Award of Montreux, Luo won one of only five Gold Awards given worldwide to students and was the only student award winner from the U.S. He won for his “McDelivery” campaign.

At the Communication Arts Advertising awards, Newhouse students won four of the 18 awards worldwide. Newhouse also earned three shortlists.  Luo and Gormley won two of the awards for their “A Step Behind” and “Greenscreen” campaigns. Luo also received an award for “Go Deep.” Park and Lala earned the fourth award for P&G “uTINTsil.” The four award-winning campaigns were also featured in the Communication Arts Advertising Annual November/December 2020 issue.

Luo received one out of only 11 Communication Arts Student Showcase awards given globally. Three of his campaigns were featured in the Communication Arts March/April 2021 issue.

Newhouse was the fifth most-awarded school out of advertising schools worldwide at the New York Festivals Advertising Awards. Students earned 26 awards, consisting of eight finalists and 18 shortlists, shattering the previous Newhouse record of nine awards. 

Seven Newhouse campaigns earned awards at the Lürzers International Archive Students Contest. Six winners were published in the international publication and one additional campaign was pre-selected.

At the Graphis New Talent awards, Newhouse won the most awards out of all schools worldwide, dominating the competition. Newhouse earned 74 student awards for their print and outdoor and video advertising with three platinum awards, 19 gold, 27 silver and 25 honorable mentions.

Newhouse creative advertising students took home 13 awards at Creativity International, one of the first female owned and operated advertising award shows in the industry. Students won one Platinum, three Gold, five Silver and four Bronze awards.

Ads of the World, part of the Clios network, selected and published 20 Newhouse campaigns.

The Newhouse School won the most awards overall in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Best of Design, Advertising Division. Each school was allowed five entries, and the five Newhouse campaigns won six awards total: Judge’s Choice and Second Place for “Girls Who Code”; Third Place for “Have It the Real Way”; Best in Experiential for “CashCan”; Best in Print for “McDelivery”; and Best in Interactive and Social Media for “Protect Asian Lives PAL”(video) for Apple by Mastorides and Hayashi.

Complete list of 195 creative advertising awards won by Newhouse students in the 2020-2021 school year:

Katherine Kiessling is a graduate student in the arts journalism and communications program at the Newhouse School.

Typographic Design students win 30 awards in international competition

When junior Lauren Brennan opened Adobe Illustrator to work on a project designing stamps for the Typographic Design class taught by Claudia Strong, she barely knew the software. Despite that, for the first time since the beginning of the class, she felt she had the creative skills to complete the assignment.

As the only design minor in the class, Brennan experienced “imposter syndrome” at first. She had only taken the Introduction to Graphic Design class, and that was remote. When she started the Typographic Design class, she wasn’t sure how to approach the design process. Midway through the class, however, she was confident enough in her design skills to know that even if she didn’t fully understand the software, she could design something great.

And she did. Her stamp series, “Fashion Forward,” which highlighted the fashion contributions of Lupita Nyongo, Michelle Obama, Naomi Campbell and Diana Ross, won gold in the Graphis New Talent Annual 2022 competition.

Lauren Brennan won Gold in the Graphis New Talent Annual 2022 competition for her stamp series, “Fashion Forward.”

“The whole class and especially this project pushed me to do many things that, honestly, I didn’t think I was capable of with the skillset that I was going in with,” she says “But it’s definitely rewarding now to see that the hard work pays off.”

Brennan’s gold was one of 30 awards won by students in Strong’s Typographic Design class, including two golds, 10 silvers and 18 honorable mentions. It’s a particularly impressive achievement because the competition is international and run by one of the world’s most prestigious publishers in design, advertising, photography and annuals. Students won for a variety of class projects, from brochures to typeface design.

Brennan says the class was pivotal in her understanding of design. While the sheer amount of projects seemed daunting at first, she says they each challenged her in a new way and built upon each other to give her a better understanding of what the design process looks like as a whole.

Strong chose to assign each project with specific goals in mind, like challenging students to work on a small scale in the stamp project or understand the intricacies of typefaces after designing their own. She says the class reflects the goals of the visual communications curriculum at the Newhouse School.

“Rather than forcing students into a pre-determined mold, we encourage all of our students to lean into their interests and instincts and strengths while coursing through the curriculum,” Strong says. “Our goal is to develop curious, adaptable thinkers who harness their individual vision to produce unique professional-level work.”

Sophomore Angelo Garufi, the other gold-winning student in the class, says that without these high expectations, he probably would not have been able to produce that quality of work. At the end of the class, when he revisited his first assignment to revise it for the final portfolio, he could see how much he had improved as a designer.

Angelo Garufi won Gold in the Graphis New Talent Annual 2022 competition for his stamp series, “Smallest U.S. Capitals.”

“It was a rigorous class. I learned a lot and I enjoyed it,” Garufi says. “We were held to a high standard, so we made high-quality work.”

Brennan agrees that the pressure to produce professional-caliber work was motivating, particularly because she knew Strong believed she could produce work at that level.

“It’s nice to have someone pushing you because that means they know that you are capable of what they are asking you to do,” Brennan says. “I think just having professors around you that are constantly encouraging you to do things or giving you advice [is] reassuring, that they trust that you have the capability.”

For Strong, submitting students’ work to the Graphis competition is all about showing students how capable they really are.

“I want these young design students to know that good work gets noticed, that hard work pays off, that they are talented, and that their future is at hand,” Strong says. “Placing at any level is a tremendous confidence boost and comes just in time to confirm their decision to become designers and propel them into the rest of their career here at Newhouse and beyond.”

Elizabeth Kauma is a senior in the magazine program at the Newhouse School.

2022 Newhouse School Awards

Each spring, the Newhouse School recognizes those students whose dedication, ingenuity, academic excellence and creativity exhibit extraordinary talent and effort.

2022 Syracuse University Scholars

Ghael Fobes Mora

Thomas J. Shaw

2022 Newhouse Class Marshals

Chelsea B. Stern

Morgan C. Tucker

2022 Newhouse Scholars

Angelique Bey

Ghael Fobes Mora

Emma Folts

Ethan Garcia

Isabelle Hong

Priscilla Kang

Katie Lane

Jillian Leveille

Emily Lyons

Amanda Paule

Thomas J. Shaw

Cole Strong

2022 Graduate Master’s Prize

Maya Abrams

Emily Apple

Thomas Edson

Michael Fedczuk

Catalina Gaitán

Sherman Patrick Hardy

Katie Hopsicker

Katie Kiessling

Josh Kim

Nia Lucky

Rebecca Meluch

Kaitlin Parisi

Tatum Partrich

Eliana Pietras

Haytham Saqr

Morgan Scott

Rosalie Stevens

James Year

Mary Zoretski Key Award

Amanda Paule

Dean’s Service Award

Candice Bina

Priscilla Kang

Moriah Humiston

Zoe Selesi

Gaurav Shetty  

Newhouse First-Year Achievement Award

Jada Knight

Advertising Awards

Harry d. Meyers Memorial Prize in Advertising

Greta Hartwyk

Maya Tsimmer

Deborah Fink Green Award

Eleanor Bilodeau

Daphne Nydam

Brian Chau

Most Promising Advertising Student

Alexandra Schneider

Advertising Department Award for Academic Excellence

Victoria Lin

Emma Michelson

Ryan Peiffer

Allison Scherger

Advertising Student of the Year

Rachel Kanter

Bandier Awards

Bandier Program Innovator/Operator Award

Colleen O’brien

Bandier Program Leadership Award

Noa Getzug

Juliette Milber

Broadcast and Digital Journalism Awards

Don Edwards Broadcast Journalism Award

Moriah Humiston

Daniel Wood

Radio-TV-News Power Producer Award

Katie Lane

Beth Mowins ’90 Award in Broadcast Journalism

Jenna Elique

Magazine, News and Digital Journalism Awards

Bob Heisler Award For Excellence

Amanda Paule

Henry J. Wolff Memorial Prize

Emma Folts

Heather L. Fleischman Memorial Scholarship

Sarah Allesandrini

Tolu Fajolu

Margaret Hicks    

Brittany Miller

Maria Riccardi Scholarship

Ashley Clemens

Zoe Glasser

Ava Hu

Emily Steinburger

Magazine, News And Digital Journalism Graduate Achievement Award

Josh Kim

Calvin Milliner

Emma Vallelunga

Henry J. Leader Memorial Prize

Megan Aprill

Shivani Manjunath

Bianca Pineda

Samuel V. Kennedy III Award For Newspaper Editing

Andrew Crane

Emma Folts 

Amanda Kraynack

Charnice Milton Award For Excellence In Community Journalism

Adrianna Adame

Calvin Milliner

William Glavin Award For Excellence In Magazine Writing

Christopher Cicchiello

Sydney Gold

Shivani Manjunath

John Mitchell Award for Sports Reporting

Roshan Fernandez

Lauretta H. McCaffrey Journalism Prize And Newhouse Award For Journalism Excellence

Ghael Fobes

Morgan Tucker

Public Relations Awards

Public Relations Certificate of Achievement

David Halbert

Annalise Silkaitis

William Doescher Award for the Outstanding Public Relations Master’s Degree Student

Annalise Silkaitis

William P. Ehling Award

Chelsea B. Stern

Public Relations Department Chair Award for Leadership

Daniel Davis

Mengyao Wang

Public Relations Public Service Award

Catherine Burns

Julie Mendez Diversity and Inclusion Award in Public Relations

Matthew Edwards

Michael Spencer

Television, Radio and Film Awards

Gordon J. Alderman Memorial Prize

Jessie Zhai

A. William Bluem Award

Nina Bracey

Nicole Villalobos

Leah Wan

Edward L. Hersh Award

Paul Levine

Bridgit M. Patterson      

Glenn Steinfast Award for Excellence in Documentary Film Production

Zachary Katz

Rowan Elizabeth Ide

Stan Alten Excellence in Audio Award

Ben Teolis

Zak Trifone Love of Life and Music Award

Ethan Fields

Irene M. Sholkin Prize in Script Writing

Grace Gay

Shriya Menon

George Plavocos Radio Achievement Award

Allison Weiss

Visual Communications Awards

Prize in Graphic Design

Abant Berke

Prize in Motion Graphics

Natalia Deng Yuan

Immersive Media

Shannon Kirkpatrick

Video Production

Xinning Li

Bertram J. Davis Scholar Award

Emily Steinberger

Dr. Frank Meola Photography Prize

Siena Pennington                                    

Jeff Licata Photography Award

Siena Pennington

Society for News Design/Marshall Matlock Student Designer of the Year Award

Lucinda Stol

School-wide Awards

Catherine l. Covert Research Award

Maleeha Bhadki

Min-Chun Lo

Yueqi Su

Phoebe Smith – Honorable Mention

David Rubin First Amendment Prize

Catherine Burns

Teresa Buzzoni

Amanda Paule

David Peters

Ufon Umanah

Excellence in Web Development and Coding

Mark Nash

Soo Min Seol

Oh, The Places You’ll Go/ Rafferty Award

Katie Hopsicker

Newhouse student wins first place in Hearst Personality/Profile writing competition

Abigail Weiss
Abigail Wiess. Photo by Tamara Beckwith/NYPOST

Newspaper and online journalism senior Abigail Weiss took first place in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program Personality/Profile Writing competition.

Weiss won for her article, “THE ONE: Joe Biden’s 1st wife Neilia Biden shaped his life, career while at Syracuse,” published in The Daily Orange. Weiss did the article at the urging of her editor at The Daily Orange.

“I saw this as an opportunity to not only write the untold story of an exceptional SU alumna but to learn how she shaped our current president and connected with people in Syracuse. While it’s been 50 years, I don’t think Biden would be who he is without Neilia. I wanted to give her some recognition for that.”

Weiss says she’s in the job-hunting stage right now, but would like to go into climate journalism or become an audience producer in the future.

Weiss will receive a $3,000 scholarship for the first place win, and qualifies for the National Writing Championship in May.

Congratulations, Abby!

Newhouse students attend PaleyFest LA, Deadline Television Contenders

Syracuse University Los Angeles (SULA) students had the opportunity to attend PaleyFest LA at the Dolby Theater this past week.

PaleyFest showcases the best of TV with a full week of special screenings and celebrity interviews in the heart of Hollywood.

Students were treated to one of the 10 panels featuring shows like “This Is Us,” black-ish,” “Hacks,” “NCIS” and “Emily in Paris.”

Thomas Hober, a junior in the television, radio and film (TRF) program, selected the “Cobra Kai” panel because he is a fan of the TV series and the Karate Kid films.

“My dad showed me the original Karate Kid movie when I was little, and I’ve loved its world ever since. The show has a lot of action but even more heart, not to mention some classic 80s cheese,” he says.

Stars on stage during panel
The cast of Cobra Kai shares how they prepared for karate matches in the show. Photo by Toni Bianco.

“I’ve just loved the way the show runners have taken the movie’s concept of ‘good vs evil’ and flipped it on its head in this series. I really wanted to hear more about it and see the awesome cast in person,” Hober adds.

TRF senior Julia Nelson attended the PaleyFest kick-off panel for “This is Us” because it is one of her favorite shows on TV right now. She was excited to share in her love for the show with hundreds of other fans.

“Watching the preview screening of the next episode in a room with a thousand other people who love the show and its characters as much as I do was amazing because we all got to laugh and cry our way through the episode together,” Nelson says.

Stars on stage during panel
This is Us creators and stars discuss the making of the show’s final season. Photo by Julia Nelson.

A few Newhouse students expanded their TV panel viewing experience, partaking in the annual Deadline Television Contenders event. Nearly 150 panelists gathered at the Paramount Theatre in LA to launch television awards season.

Students were invited to join guild members and industry voters in hearing over 40 series’ creators and stars discuss their shows.

Luke Eckel, a TRF junior, says he attended the Deadline Contenders TV event in addition to PaleyFest to take advantage of all the opportunities SULA has to offer.

“Being from the East Coast, going to events like these isn’t even an option. So, when I got an email saying that I could spend a day or two on the Paramount lot and watch panels that consisted of some of the industry’s leading professionals and talent, it was kind of a no-brainer,” he says.

Stars on stage during panel
Sebastian Stan, Lily James, and Seth Rogan explain the importance of studying their characters and sticking to the truth in Hulu’s new Pam and Tommy series. Photo by Katie Lane.

Eckel says the events also provided exciting networking opportunities. A screenwriter he met offered him both advice and a job.

“After talking with him, he asked me if I wanted to be a script supervisor on a project that he has due at the end of the week. I said yes, and we’ve been communicating and working together over the past couple of days,” Eckel says.

Both the PaleyFest and Deadline Television Contenders events were made possible through the continued support of SULA faculty, staff and alumni.

Katie Lane is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School. She is participating in the SULA program this semester.

Newhouse alumnus wins one of five student work honors in Golden Award of Montreux competition

Each year, the Switzerland-based Golden Award of Montreux competition includes five advertising student winners from around the world. Newhouse creative advertising alumnus Sam Luo ’21 is the only Gold Medal winner from an advertising school in the U.S. He won in the print/poster subcategory for his “McDelivery” print ad campaign, created while he was a student at Newhouse.

A series of images where the arc of the McDonald's logo looks like it's zooming across a city.
The award-winning McDelivery series created by Sam Luo ’21

“No one from Newhouse has won this before, and the show is dominated by art and portfolio schools,” Luo says. “Seeing my campaign prevail as one of the five winning entries from around the world and represent both Newhouse and the United States is absolutely unbelievable.”

The global competition celebrates creative and innovative student work in the categories of film, print/poster, design, digital/social and use of media. According to the competition website, the competition honors “the creation of excellent advertising” that reflects how “communication is part of the global world of creativity.”

Luo is grateful for his two creative advertising professors, Mel White and Kevin O’Neill, for helping him become a stronger art director during his time at Newhouse. “They work so tirelessly to teach and empower students like me to create the absolute best work that we can, and it paid off,” he says.

The appreciation and admiration go both ways, as White says Luo constantly impressed her with the work he created.

“Sam was one of those rare students who is constantly creative,” White says. “He was creative non-stop throughout the semesters, school breaks, in between the semesters and in the summers. He lived, ate and breathed creative advertising. He is naturally curious and works hard to create the most outstanding campaigns possible. He treated his Portfolio courses as times to grow and push himself to create solutions to advertising problems that are innovative and award-winning. He volunteered for any creative opportunity that presented itself. And he is very good at listening to feedback and using that to push his ideas even further. This is one of the secrets to creating great advertising, and one that Sam mastered. He’s also the most awarded student we’ve ever had.”

O’Neill says he agrees with White’s sentiments about Luo. “At the risk of ruining Sam with high praise, he really is a once-a-decade talent for us at Newhouse,” O’Neill says. “He’s an explosive combination of visual imagination and relentless dedication to his craft. It was a privilege to have him pass through our classrooms.”

Magazine, news and digital journalism senior earns honorable mention in 2021 Best in Business Awards

Kyra Surgent

Magazine, news and digital journalism senior Kyra Surgent was awarded an honorable mention by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) for her article, “Amazon fashion takes over TikTok #FYPs everywhere.” The article originated in Melissa Chessher’s Magazine Article Writing course and was published on The NewsHouse. Kyra is the first Syracuse University student to be recognized by SABEW in this competition.

Congratulations, Kyra!

Newhouse doctoral candidate wins Outstanding TA Award

Jeongwon Yang

Doctoral candidate Jeongwon Yang received the Outstanding TA award from Syracuse University’s Graduate School, recognizing teaching assistants who have made distinguished contributions to Syracuse university through excellency in teaching or assisting senior faculty members in high-enrollment courses.

“I would definitely like to teach in the future. I learned so much from being a TA as I learned what I am good at and what I can improve in the future. Teaching the course myself and receiving students’ feedback, I had a chance to try different teaching methods to create an engaging and inclusive learning environment,” says Yang.

Winners will receive a personalized gift from the Graduate School. Congratulations, Jeongwon!

Newhouse students in Los Angeles give back to the community

Students studying with the Syracuse University Los Angeles semester (SULA) program spent their Saturday giving back to the LA community.

SULA students were invited to volunteer with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, where they packaged food and produce for those in need in Los Angeles County.

Sara Shaygan sorts five-pound bags of apples at the LA Food Bank.

Sara Shaygan, a drama major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, helped sort and collect five-pound bags of apples. Shaygan says she wanted to give back to the LA community to ensure people have consistent access to nutritious meals.

“Especially in the wake of the pandemic, it feels more important than ever to give back and take care of our community,” Shaygan says.

After the apples were sorted and put into bags, they were loaded onto conveyor belts and boxed up for travel and distribution. Wyatt Dennis, a junior studying television, radio and film at Newhouse, was one of the boxing volunteers.

Wyatt Dennis packs apples into boxes for distribution in Los Angeles County.

“It was actually a lot more fun than it sounds,” Dennis laughs.

Dennis says he felt an obligation to give back to the local community, where many are experiencing poverty and housing insecurity. He hopes to continue making a difference even after his time with SULA.

“It felt really good to give back and I hope it is something I can continue to do in the future, especially if I end up moving out here permanently after graduation,” Dennis says.

SULA program director Robin Howard says service is one of the pillars of the program; students have volunteered with the food bank for several years. It is just as important as participating in class and working at an internship, she says.

“Volunteerism is an integral part of the SULA semester experience. Doing some kind of social good for the Los Angeles community through an act of selfless giving is not only good for the soul but provides yet another path for our students’ personal growth,” Howard says.

SULA was just one of the organizations volunteering with the food bank. Local college clubs and community groups were also in attendance.

“Seeing all the people that turned out to help and knowing that there are organizations like the LA Food Bank gives me hope for a brighter future,” Shaygan says.

The LA Regional Food Bank serves over 800,000 people every month. According to the food bank, one in five people in Los Angeles County experiences food insecurity.

Only approximately 10% of the food goes to people experiencing housing insecurity. The majority of the food goes to low-income families and individuals who struggle to make ends meet, the food bank says.

Since 1973, the food bank claims to have distributed more than 1.83 billion pounds of food.

If you’d like to support the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, you can donate online.

Katie Lane is a senior in the broadcast and digital journalism program at the Newhouse School. She is participating in the SULA program this semester.