April 16, 2001 Vol. V, No. 14

Northridge Journalism Program Sweeps Regional Competition

CSUN Students Best Peers at UCLA and Elsewhere to Win Overall Excellence Honors

Cal State Northridge journalism students swept nearly every category in the Society of Professional Journalists' annual regional college competition last month, winning 21 awards including the sweepstakes trophy that honors overall excellence.

CSUN's journalism program-considered by professionals in the field as one of the best in the nation-bested competing programs from universities including UCLA, San Francisco State and Arizona State to take the competition's sweepstakes prize.

"The accomplishments of our students showcase the excellence of the future reporters and editors coming out of our department, and the excellence of the education they are getting here at CSUN," said Cynthia Rawitch, Journalism Department chair. "We're always proud when they do good journalism work and it's recognized in the professional world."

The three journalism programs where students produce products-the Daily Sundial student newspaper, public radio station KCSN (88.5 FM) and cable access news show Valley View News-received recognition.

The Daily Sundial received four awards. Student Karmel Melamed won first place for spot news reporting, student David Carrillo won second and third place for sports writing and the publication won best all-around non-daily newspaper.

KCSN won 12 awards. In the radio spot news category, student Aron Bender won first and third place while his colleague, Andrea Chavez, took second place.

KCSN also swept the radio feature and in-depth categories. In radio features Kristin Harriman took first, Alexis Rouse second and Cherelle Hartley-Bonar third. In in-depth reporting, Diana Castillo took first, Lisa Halter second and Andrea Chavez third.

Asally Adib took first place in the radio sports category and Mark Nash took second. KCSN's news show, Evening Update, was rated best radio daily news show.

Students working on Valley View News also won several awards. Andrew Padula took second in spot news Halter also took third in the feature category. The show won best television non-daily newscast.

The honors were particularly sweet for the students who make up the staff at KCSN, which has won a total of 24 journalism awards thus far this year. Twelve of the awards came from competing against professional news programs.

In January, KCSN won six Golden Mikes from the Radio-Television News Association of Southern California. Last month the staff received three awards from the Associated Press Television-Radio Association and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.

"These awards are an indication that our students are doing professional quality work," said KCSN News Director Keith Goldstein.

CSUN's journalism program has more than 450 students who study in such fields as print journalism, radio and television broadcasting, on-line media, magazines, public relations and photojournalism. FYI

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