Newhouse School shows well at AEJMC Student Magazine Contest

By Wendy S. Loughlin

August 2, 2013

Among the honors was a first place win for CNY32 Degrees tablet magazine

Several Newhouse student projects were honored recently in the 2013 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Student Magazine Contest, including a first-place award for the CNY32 Degrees tablet project as the top Online Magazine.

Category: Online Magazine

Judge: Nick Fauchald, editor-in-chief of

First Place: CNY32 Degrees tablet – Seth Gitner, adviser

Why it won: “Finally, a tablet-based magazine that’s fun to use! Where most ‘digital magazines’ are not much more than a digitized version of their print counterpart, this one is crafted with the device in mind. It's truly an elegant reading experience. From the first screen it's a lot of fun to interact with. … Students did an excellent job integrating videos with stories; the videos and slideshows complement the stories without distracting from them; I love the panoramic photos in the mitten story, as well. I make digital magazines for a living, and this project has taught me a few new tricks!”

Third Place: TheNewsHouse.comJon Glass, adviser

Why it won: “This is a clean and easy-to-navigate site. This doesn't sound very sexy, but it's actually hard to pull off a content-heavy website that is easy to browse.”

Single Issue of Ongoing Print Magazine: Editorial

Judge: Peter Moore, editor of Men's Health Magazine and iPad edition

Third Place: Jerk magazine, Christina Sterbenz, editor – Melissa Chessher, adviser

Why it won: “What the journo-kids at Syracuse know is energetic pan-cultural reporting, and they fan out across the landscape to bring back tales of creative endeavors in their Syracusian milieu. They do it with verve, snarky and engaging illustrations and photography, and the designers evidently had a lot of fun packaging all that is Jerk.”

Consumer Magazine Article: First Person

Judge: Seth Porges, freelance writer and creator of

Third Place: “Right to Bare Arms” by Melia Robinson – Melissa Chessher, adviser

Why it won: “This is a simple and incredibly relatable story about the author coming to terms with a self-esteem-killing birthmark that I could actually see being published in a women's magazine. It lacks unnecessary pomp, and instead focuses on being true to itself on a very human scale. An enjoyable read that clocked in at a nice (and publishable) length.”

This year's competition attracted 282 entries from 30 universities in the United States and Canada. Judges for the contest, which included 13 categories, were publishers, editors and writers for consumer and specialized business magazines. Winners will be honored at an awards ceremony at the AEJMC convention on August 10.