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Baruch College Presents High School Journalism Awards, The Newsies!

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New York, NY - November 18, 2013- As part of its 10th Annual NYC High School Journalism Conference in November, Baruch College’s Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions is proud to announce the 2013 winners of The Newsies! for outstanding high school journalism in 15 categories.

Michael Aronson, member of the Editorial Board of the New York Daily News, hosted the award ceremony. El Diario/La Prensa’s Executive Editor Erica Gonzalez was this year’s conference keynote speaker.

First Place Winners include: Mudassir Mumtaz, Social Media-Assisted Reporting (Scholars’ Academy); Raymond Hu, Community News (Baruch College Campus High School); Esther Mathieu, Arts (Bard High School Early College); Inna Kim, Feature (International High School at Lafayette); RJ Rubio, Illustration (Cardozo); Keturah Hancock, Opinion/Editorial (East Side Community HS); Clifford Michel, Photojournalism (Brooklyn Latin); Suswana Chowdhury and Katherine Maradiaga, School News (Townsend Harris); Isaac Pulatov, Sports (Townsend Harris); and, Genna Mastellone and Catherine Moskos, World News (Townsend Harris).

The following high schools also won big: Murrow High School, the Dow Jones Award for Best Print Newspaper; Townsend Harris HS, the Dow Jones Award for Best Online Newspaper; Theatre Arts Production Company, Best New Newspaper; and, The Edward B. Shallow Middle School for Best Middle School Newspaper.

“The Newsies! validate the hard work that students and advisers put into their newspapers throughout the year," said Katina Paron, Director, NYC High School Journalism Collaborative. "Winning a Newsies! has become a badge of honor for high school journalism programs throughout the city.”

The Newsies! was sponsored by the Dow Jones Foundation and New York Newspapers Foundation. Go online to see the complete winners list of The Newsies!

The competition is open to all New York City public high schools. Teachers and advisers nominate and submit entries on behalf of their students. Some of the judges included members from the NYC High School Journalism Collaborative at Baruch College; Emma Sokoloff-Rubin, The Gotham Schools; Sylvia Guerrero, Freelance Reporter and Radio Producer; Amy Zimmer, DNAinfo; Jane Hwang, Bloomberg News; Amanda Hickman, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism; and, Winne Hu, New York Times, 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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