NEW YORK — The Observer, Fordham University at Lincoln Center’s student newspaper, won First Place with Special Merit honors and was named Most Outstanding University Newspaper for 2005-2006 in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. Judges called the paper an “excellent school newspaper” that reflects “the talent of your editors, reporters, writers, photographers, layout designers and adviser.”
“Our reporters, section editors and layout staff are the true stars of The Observer,” said Anthony Hazell, the paper’s outgoing editor-in-chief, a Fordham College at Lincoln Center (FCLC) junior majoring in communication and media studies. “They come up with the content and the visuals. … I just have the pleasure of previewing their work and making sure it gets out to the community.”
The Observer has now been recognized a total of nine times since the 2002-2003 academic year. Other recent awards include first-place honors in the New York Press Association’s (NYPA) 2005 Better College Newspaper Contest for the sports columns of Joe DeLessio, a 2006 FCLC graduate. This marked the third consecutive year in which the NYPA recognized The Observer’swork.
“The Observer staff developed a very strong work ethic, and are very talented,” said faculty adviser Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., professor of English, communication and media studies at Fordham. “The culture of The Observer is increasingly bent on thorough and sophisticated reporting.”
In October 2005, former editor-in-chief Corinne Iozzio (FCLC ’05) won The Chronicle of Higher Education’s David W. Miller Award for Student Journalists. She received the award for three articles that were printed in The Observer in fall 2004 and spring 2005. The paper also took second place in the Associated Collegiate Press’ 2005 Newspaper of the Year contest and first place in the American Scholastic Press Association’s 2005 Newspaper Review.