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For Immediate Release
March 4, 2009

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Virginia Campbell

The College at Brockport’s Stylus Staff Returns Victorious

Student Newspaper takes First Place in National Conference

Press Release Photo The Stylus Logo

Brockport, NY – Three members of the staff of The College at Brockport, State University of New York, student newspaper, The Stylus, returned home victorious from the 25th Annual Associated Collegiate Press National College Newspaper Convention in San Diego, CA.

The four-day conference, held February 26 to March 1, welcomed numerous well-known journalism schools from both public and private colleges and universities. The Stylus captured First Place in the Best of Show Four-year Weekly Tabloid competition. In 2008, The Stylus took fifth place in the same contest.

Amanda Seef, executive editor of The Stylus, said, “Our design, combined with our content, fueled a major change. We’ve opened ourselves up to being a real newspaper. We always have a top story, something that piques student interest.”

During the four days, the students, including Nora Hicks, news editor, and Chris Winkler, sports editor, attended various classes to learn how to manage a newsroom, train writers, and write investigative reporting, where to look for better story ideas, and how to cover tragedy with compassion. The staff from each school attending the conference took back each other’s newspapers to compare and contrast ideas. Seef said, “The most valuable part of the conferences is when you can collect papers from other schools. We always come home with a suitcase full of newspapers, picking and pulling ideas from each.”

The sense of pride is high among the staff members of the paper. Editor-in-Chief Allison Kowalski is extremely pleased with her staff. “Each person brings great ideas and is always trying to improve each section of the paper, “Kowalski said. “Everyone has always worked hard to produce a quality newspaper, and I couldn’t think of working with a better staff.”

Marsha Ducey, assistant professor in the Department of Communication, has been The Stylus faculty adviser since 2008. She is ecstatic that the staff won such a prestigious award. “The Stylus editors and staff have worked incredibly hard this year,” said Ducey. “They redesigned the paper and have written great stories. I am so proud of their work and happy that they have had the national spotlight on them.”

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