Guest Post: Wood Word wins 10 SCJ national awards

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Dr. Lindsey Wotanis, assistant professor of communication studies and adviser to The Wood Word, Marywood’s official student-run newspaper and to the Marywood chapter of The Society for Collegiate Journalists.

Some news is too good not to share.

Last week, The Wood Word and the Marywood chapter of The Society for Collegiate Journalists received some excellent news.

The Society of Collegiate Journalists announced the winners of its annual national contest, and The Wood Word took home 10 awards and two honorable mentions.

The Society for Collegiate Journalists is an academic, journalism honorary organization devoted to college journalists, advisers, and media at universities across the globe. Each year, The Society sponsors a national contest; every active member of the organization is invited to enter work.

The competition is stiff. Marywood annually goes up against many other universities and colleges with excellent journalism programs, including Slippery Rock University, Eastern Illinois University, and Keene State College, to name a few.

For the third year in a row, The Wood Word has taken home an award for Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence. In 2012, the paper placed first; in 2013, second. In 2014, we’re back to #1!

Several of our students also took home individual writing and design awards. Other first place awards included Holly Dastalfo’s (’14) “Front Page Design” of the February 2013 issue, titled “Housing Headaches,” and Joseph Petro’s (’14) “Sports News” article “Policy to sideline coach and student-athlete relationships” in the March 2013 issue.

I’m so incredibly proud of our student-journalists. We’ve entered this contest for the past three years, and each year we’ve walked away with more awards than the year before. The students have continuously upped their game. They work so hard to bring news to our campus that is timely, accurate, and smartly-reported. These awards are validation for all of the hours they spend reporting, writing, and designing for The Wood Word, and the awards will pay dividends as they move into the professional world.

Included below is a complete list of the awards. Most awards include hyperlinks, so you can check out the work that won them the awards, and some came complete with judge’s feedback. Kudos to all of our winners!

~Dr. Lindsey Wotanis

 Update (4/18/14): The Times-Leader ran a story on the awards. To read it, click here.

The Wood Word staff recently won 10 SCJ National Awards! Front row L to R: Sarah Cruz, Brigid Edmunds, Satara Dickey, Holly Dastalfo, Mackenzie Warren, Juliette Meyers; Second row L to R: Autumn Granza, Autumn Gramigna, Lindsey Matylewicz, Vincent Schultz; Third row L to R: Justin Wahy, Erica Nealon, Kelsey Van Horn, and Patrick Kernan; Fourth row L to R: Joseph Petro, Evan Felser, and Janice Richardson; Absent from photo: Elysabethe Brown, Katlynn Whitaker, Maria Grecco, Thomas Cunningham, Diana D'Achille

The Wood Word staff recently won 10 SCJ National Awards!

Front row L to R: Sarah Cruz, Brigid Edmunds, Satara Dickey, Holly Dastalfo, Mackenzie Warren, Juliette Meyers; Second row L to R: Autumn Granza, Autumn Gramigna, Lindsey Matylewicz, Vincent Schultz; Third row L to R: Justin Wahy, Erica Nealon, Kelsey Van Horn, and Patrick Kernan; Fourth row L to R: Joseph Petro, Evan Felser, and Janice Richardson; Absent from photo: Elysabethe Brown, Katlynn Whitaker, Maria Grecco, Thomas Cunningham, Diana D’Achille

Society for Collegiate Journalists

2014 Contest Results for The Wood Word 

FIRST PLACE AWARDS

Overall Award

Category: Companion Newspaper Website Overall Excellence

For www.thewoodword.org

From the judge:

“A clean design that specializes in attractive teases, social media inclusion and diverse organization. The Wood Word is the porridge Goldilocks would have picked, an offering that isn’t too heavy with content but still organized in a way that shows it has a lot to offer. That makes it just right (ok, yes that was incredibly corny but you get the idea).” — Lamar Salter, Associate Multimedia Editor, TODAY.com/NBC News Digital, New York, New York

Individual Awards

Category: Front Page (Design and Content)

Holly Dastalfo for “Housing Headaches

From the judge:

Wow, it was really great to see a nice illustration on this page. Often with these stories we end up with a stale shot of a dorm, but in the case the designer elevated the story by creating a well-executed illustration that will help draw readers in.” –Adam Rogers, Senior Production Editor, The Villages Daily Sun, Lady Lake, Florida

Category: Sports News

Joseph Petro for “Policy to sideline coach and student-athlete relationship

 SECOND PLACE AWARDS

Staff Award

Category: Editorials (Staff Editorials)

The Wood Word for“Mellow’s name inconsistent with core values

From the judge:

“A crescendo-ing recap [of] Mellow’s legal offenses. A straightforward ethics question of ‘Should Marywood continue to carry Mellow’s name on its athletic center?’ And quick and confident reply: a resounding no. This is a well-structured and effectively paced editorial. The headline could stand a little sprucing.” — Cristina Cala, Copy Manager, Condé Nast Media Group, New York, NY

Individual Awards

 Category: News Stories (excluding Sports)

Sarah Cruz for “Nursing program loses accreditation

From the judge:

“The story addressed a topic that I’m sure was controversial at the school. Not only did the writer tell the school’s side of the story, but she brought in the voices of students who were put in a very difficult situation. Well reported story.” – Andrew M. Seaman, Medical Journalist, Reuters, New York, NY
Category: Breaking or Hard News

Brigid Edmunds for “Computers stolen from Performing Arts Center

Category: Sports Features

Erica Nealon for “Jones to represent U.S. In Maccabiah games

Category: Advertising Portfolio

Lindsey Matylewicz for The Wood Word

 THIRD PLACE AWARDS

Individual Awards

Category: Multimedia Feature Story

Autumn Granza for “Marywood University honors veterans

From the judge:

Third-place entrant’s shots of the field of flags were haunting images that illustrate the magnitude of the subject, and serve as a stern reminder of the cost of freedom. Well-chosen quotes from the interview subjects.” — Michael Cignoli, Sports Copy Editor, The Citizens’ Voice, Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

Category: Feature Page (Design and Content)

Holly Dastalfo for “Human Trafficking

 HONORABLE MENTION

 Individual Awards

Category: Breaking or Hard News

Mackenzie Warren for “Power outage shuts down Learning Resource Center, affects campus network

Category: Multi-story journalism

Sarah Cruz and Brigid Edmunds for “Nursing program loses accreditation” and “Nursing program regains accreditation,” respectively

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