LYNDON CENTER -- A sure sign of spring? More awards for Lyndon State College's Electronic Journalism department!
Students in the college's Vermont Center for Community Journalism (VCCJ) have received five Mark of Excellence Awards in four categories in the Society of Professional Journalists' (SPJ) Region 1 competition. Students were recognized for producing the best all-around daily television newscast among colleges and universities in the northeast. News 7 photographers swept the Television Sports Category and received a first place in Television News Photography. The awards were presented during the SPJ Spring Conference at Stony Brook University in Long Island, N.Y. on March 24. Students Alyssa Sylvia, Catherine Vitale and Katelyn Zenie attended the conference and accepted awards on behalf of their colleagues.
Photographers Michael Woodward and Caleb Noble teamed up with reporter Jack Carney to win the only two awards given in Sports photography with a first-place profile of a stock car driver known as "Super Joe" and a second-place close-up look at St. Johnsbury Academy's "Football Practice." Noble and reporter Rene Thibault received a first-place award in the Television News photography category for their mud-bog coverage of the "Vermontster" in Bradford. Caleb Noble was also behind the lens with reporter Carney for a third-place look at "Kingdom Trails" in the Television Feature photography category. Long-time LSC Prof. David Ballou oversees photography instruction in Lyndon's Electronic Journalism Arts program; director of operations Darlene Bolduc-Ballou is the principal video editing instructor.
The News 7 half-hour Monday through Friday broadcast received a second place in best all-around television newscast. (The winning entry in the category, Pennsylvania State University, airs only on Fridays.) Ithaca College students' nightly newscast came in third.
Region 1 of the Society of Professional Journalists covers New England, New Jersey, New York, and Central/Eastern Pennsylvania and includes much larger schools and acknowledged media powerhouses such as Syracuse, Temple, Columbia, Rutgers and Boston University.
First-place entries in the regional competitions will move on to the National Mark of Excellence Awards competition in each category. Winners will be announced this summer.