Silissa Kenney Wins News Writing Award
Silissa Kenney, journalism major and editor-in-chief of last year's Dollars & Sense, won a best-story writing award at a student journalism conference held in New York. The conference was attended by journalism students from around the country. Silissa wrote her piece as part of the final assignment for the Getting Started in Business News conference, which was co-sponsored by Baruch, the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Silissa was one of 30 students who participated in the writing assignment, which involved attending a press conference with Kwame Jackson, the entrepreneur best known from the reality TV show The Apprentice, and then producing a story based on what was said at the press conference. The students had 80 minutes to write a story. Three stories were selected as winners, and Silissa's piece, which was written more as a feature than a breaking news story, was singled out by the judges for its accuracy and the clarity of its writing.
Judges included Chris Roush from UNC and three reporters from Bloomberg News.