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Baruch College Presents High School Journalism Awards, The Newsies!



NEW YORK, NY- November 8, 2012 As part of its 9th Annual NYC High School Journalism Conference in November, Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions is proud to announce the 2012 winners of The Newsies! for outstanding high school journalism in 17 categories.

Wall Street Journal Managing Editor Robert Thomson was this year’s conference keynote speaker, and Michael Arena, University Director for Communications and Marketing with CUNY, announced the winners during the awards luncheon.

First Place Winners include: Karem Smithstone, Editorial and Opinion Writing “The Africa Stereotype” (East Side Community High School, Manhattan); Adelina Zhang, Community News “Safety after Stabbing,” (Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn); Sarah Aly, Features “Students hooked on hookah,” (Curtis High School, Staten Island); Catherine Moskos, In-Depth Reporting “Affirmative Action Sparks Debate During College Season,” (Townsend Harris High School, Queens); Marlon Hernandez, Sports “This Game Changed My Life!” High School of Contemporary Arts, Bronx); and Sasha Williams, World/National “Packing Up Help,” (Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn).

Other First Place Winners: The Log, Lede Writing (Aviation High School, Queens); Verdict, Best Online Newspaper, (Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Queens); Kristina Weis and Sonya Reyes, Multimedia Storytelling “Connected” (Curtis High School, Staten Island); Ayah Aly, Photojournalism, “Early Playoff Exit Frustrates Players” (Curtis High School, Staten Island); Ninaad Dave and Nicole Clemons, School News, “Blackout,” (Curtis High School, Staten Island); Nicole Javorsky, Arts & Entertainment, “Roadracer on the Run,” (Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, Queens); Richard Chicaiza, Illustration, “Excuse” (Aviation High School, Queens); The Madison Moment, Best New Newspaper, (James Madison High School, Brooklyn); Baltic Blast, Headline Writing, (School for International Studies, Brooklyn); and The Murrow Network, Best Newspaper (Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn).

“We started The Newsies! as a way to inspire and celebrate student journalism throughout the city,” said Katina Paron, Director, NYC High School Journalism Collaborative, “and from what I’m hearing from the professional journalists who have been involved as judges from the beginning, it’s working. The kids’ work is getting better.”

The Newsies! competition was sponsored by Harnisch Foundation & the Dow Jones News Fund. Go online to see the complete winners list of The Newsies!

The Newsies! competition is open to all New York City public high schools. Teachers and advisers nominate and submit entries on behalf of their students. Judges for this year included members from the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College, the, Newsday, ProPublica, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated, The Irish Echno,, among others.


About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world. For more about Baruch College, go to


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