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Setonian Awarded in NJPA College Newspaper Contest
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Seton Hall University journalists accept their awards at the NJPA awards luncheon in Cranbury, N.J., on April 20. Pictured from left: Junior Charlotte Lewis, Verona, N.J.; Sophomore Tiffany Do, San Francisco; and Junior Ashley Duvall, highland Lakes, N.J. Not pictured: Senior Leah Poland, Monroe, N.J.; and Nick Parco, Class of 2012.
2013 NJPA winners

Seton Hall's official student newspaper, The Setonian, received seven awards in the New Jersey Press Association's annual college newspaper contest.

Winning students were honored at the awards banquet hosted by the NJPA on April 20 and also at the annual Pirate Press Club Awards ceremony on April 26.

There are two overall newspaper categories, General Excellence and Layout Excellence, and The Setonian was awarded second place for General Excellence.There are 12 individual categories.

Editor in Chief Charlotte Lewis took first place in the category News Reporting for her story coverage of Pope Francis. She also took second place in Deadline Reporting for covering an off-campus student shooting at a South Orange apartment complex last spring.

"The Setonian does well every year and each time we are honored that our hard work is selected for any award, nonetheless the ones that win first place," Lewis said. "This year had a lot of competition state-wide and for our staff and certain individuals on The Setonian to be acknowledged for successful work is truly great."

Lewis, Pirate Life Editor Ashley Duvall and Nick Parco ('12) won first place in Investigative Reporting for their combined coverage last spring on the controversy surrounding the Theatre Council.

"It's an honor to have won first place this year," Duvall said. "We work so hard both individually and as a staff that it's so rewarding to have it all come to fruition."

New Copy Editor Tiffany Do won first place in Critical Writing for Arts and Entertainment Reporting for her review of the play "Resurrection Blues," directed by Seton Hall Professor Deirdre Yates and performed at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

"I was super surprised when I heard that my preview for 'Resurrection Blues' won because I never really thought anything of it – it was just another piece that I enjoyed reporting," Do said. "It's a huge ego boost and really reaffirms what I want to do later on in life, which is be a reporter. There's really nothing more rewarding than for someone to recognize your work and say what you did was pretty awesome, here's an award."

Second place for General Photography and Sports Photography went to Photography Editor Leah Poland for her "Justice for Trayvon" and “"Separate Sixes" pictures.

For each of the 12 individual categories, newspapers can submit up to three entries and for the two newspaper categories, only one entry can be submitted. The entries were from March 1, 2012 to Feb. 28, 2013 and included work from other four-year colleges and Universities in New Jersey to be judged by professional journalists.

For more information please contact:
Laurie Pine
(973) 378-2638


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