FSU’s independent student newspaper, The Gatepost, was named the second runner-up for the “New England College Newspaper of the Year” award by the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA).
The Bowdoin Orient was named New England’s College Newspaper of the Year. The
Harvard Crimson was named first runner-up and the University of Connecticut’s The Daily Campus was named third runner-up.
Cesareo Contreras, editor-in-chief of The Gatepost, said, “I was very fortunate this year to have a really dedicated and talented staff. Every week, I’m so impressed by the quality of work everyone produces, and I’m very happy we were recognized by such a prestigious organization.”
Additionally, three members of The Gatepost staff won Mark of Excellence awards for writing and photography from the Society of Professional Journalists.
The awards were given to
student journalists in Region One – the New England and mid-Atlantic states.
Opinions Editor Lizzy Stocks, a junior English major, won the General Column Writing Award for schools with fewer than 10,000 students.
Her three columns, “Spicing up the Emmys,” “Spacey’s Cards Collapse” and “It’s Hard to Keep Track,” are now in the running for a national column-writing award.
Stocks said, “It was a real honor just to be selected as a finalist considering this is my first year of column writing. Actually, winning the award feels unreal, and I think it solidifies my desire to keep writing and crafting my voice.”
She added, “Not to say I wouldn’t keep writing if I hadn’t won – I think it just showed me that I have what it takes to keep going and maybe make a difference with my writing.”
Arts & Features Editor Andrew Willoughby, a senior English major, was a regional finalist for the General Column Writing Award for his column, “Musical Musings.”
Willoughby said, “I definitely wasn’t expecting to win anything because my column was just an idea that I had over the summer. It wasn’t regular enough for me to feel like it should be recognized. When it did get recognized, I was surprised but definitely honored.”
He added, “A lot of people who write about music just write about music, but I feel like it’s important to write about the humans who make the music, too.”
Staff photographer Oscairy Tavarez, a sophomore Spanish major, was a finalist for the Sports Photography award for a feature photo titled “Rams Strike a Pose.” The photograph appeared in the September 15, 2017 issue.
Desmond McCarthy, chair of the English department and
advisor to The Gatepost, said, “I am so proud of the commitment to excellence our dedicated student newspaper staff has exhibited this year. To be named one of the best college newspapers in New England is quite an honor.”
[Editor’s note: Cesareo Contreras, Lizzy Stocks, Oscairy Tavarez and Andrew Willoughby are members of The Gatepost staff.]