Newhouse School student publication The NewsHouse receives national honors

By Wendy S. Loughlin

May 2, 2013

The NewsHouse, a web-based multimedia news site produced by students in the Newhouse School, has been named the top independent online student publication in the country by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The honor is part of SPJ’s annual Mark of Excellence Awards, which honor the best collegiate journalism.

The awards competition drew 4,600 entries. Journalism professionals selected winners from among top winners of the nine regional competitions.

“The NewsHouse’s lead producers and digital reporters are committed to delivering an engaging, interesting and compelling product so to be recognized as the nation’s best is extremely gratifying for our team,” says Jon Glass, executive producer of The NewsHouse and general manager of Newhouse’s Collaborative Media Room, where the site is produced.

The NewsHouse, launched in 2009, showcases the work of magazine, newspaper, broadcast journalism, photography and graphic design students and provides a laboratory for students to learn about and practice multimedia and digital skills. Content covers the Syracuse University and local Syracuse communities. 

Sixteen Syracuse University students, publications and projects were awarded prizes at the SPJ Region 1 level for Northeastern colleges and universities earlier this spring.  Winners included:

Best Student Magazine First Place: Jerk Magazine

Feature Writing (Large) First Place: “Out of the darkness” by Marwa Eltagouri

Sports Column Writing (Large) First Place: Michael Cohen

Non-Fiction Magazine Article First Place: “Cold Blood Brothers” by Iona Holloway

Best Independent Online Student Publication (Large) First Place: The NewsHouse

Radio Feature First Place: “Syracuse Community Choir” by Marina Zarya

In-Depth Reporting (Large) Second Place: “Fait Accompli” by Kathleen Ronayne and Beckie Strum

Television Feature Reporting Second Place: “32 Years of Smiles” by Lorne Fultonberg

Editorial Cartooning (Large) Second Place: Emmett Baggett and Third Place: Micah Benson

Online Sports Reporting (Large) Second Place: “Syracuse tries to decrease risk of concussions by neck-strengthening” by Michael Cohen

Sports Writing (Large) Third Place: “Lewis escapes from tough upbringing, graduates from SU to achieve lifelong goal” by David Propper

Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper Third Place: The Daily Orange

Non-Fiction Magazine Article Third Place: “Red, White, and Green” by Christina Sterbenz

Best Student Magazine Third Place: MPJ Magazine

Sports Photography (Large) Third Place: “Battle on the Midway” by Nate Shron