CF Student Journalists Bring Home Honors
Nov. 1, 2011
The College of Central Florida’s student newspaper, the Patriot Press, received two significant honors at the recent Associated College Press National College Media Convention held in conjunction with the Florida State College Press Association awards banquet in Orlando.
In the ACP Best of Show competition, the Patriot Press placed sixth nationally in the category of tabloid of more than 17 pages. Best of Show is an on-site competition judged by media professionals and college advisers in which colleges enter one issue from their publication. The Patriot Press was honored for its Oct. 26 issue.
“This is a great accomplishment for our paper, especially to be recognized on a national stage like this,” said the newspaper’s faculty adviser, Rob Marino. “As I have always said, any award like this is a result of the great student editors and all the talented students involved in our program.”
In addition at the FSCPA state awards banquet, the Patriot Press placed second overall in Division A (smaller community colleges) with 31 points and accumulated seven first-place honors.
Current co-editor-in-chief Vincent Coletti and CF graduate Jared Kilkenny were each recognized with Inner Circle Awards for placing in three separate categories.
Coletti captured four first-place awards (design, editorial cartoon, general column and in-depth reporting), placed third in humor writing and tied for third in news story. Kilkenny took first in feature story, tied for second in arts review and placed third in picture story along with former CF staff writer Andrew Caplan.
Other first-place winners from CF included current managing editor Olivia Forrester (sports column) and CF graduate Katie Greene (sports writing).
Current photography editor Olivia Hendricks captured third place in feature photo and sports photo and current Web editor Bryon Pauly placed third in news photo. Former staff member Alisha Cole was second in comic strip.
This is the fourth consecutive year the Patriot Press has placed in the top two of the state in Division A.