The Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) has named The Fordham Observer the best non-weekly newspaper at a four-year college. The award was based on the newspaper’s overall quality, including its content, design and photography.
The announcement was made on Sunday, March 2 at the ACP’s 2008 National College Newspaper Conference in San Francisco, Calif. The prize comes one year after The Observer won an honorable mention in the same category, and is one of several awards the newspaper has won in recent years.
“I’m absolutely thrilled that we won,” said Jennie Nau, editor in chief. “Our staff has worked extremely hard this year and I’m pleased that our efforts have paid off.”
The Observer is the student newspaper of Fordham College at Lincoln Center. It is produced entirely by a non-paid student staff on a bi-weekly basis and is advised by Elizabeth Stone, Ph.D., professor of English and communications. The Observer was first published in 1981 and continues to provide a student voice within the Fordham community.
The Observer’s layout team redesigned the paper last summer, which Stone noted as a reason for the win. “I’m delighted that this year’s editors and writers have maintained The Observer’s tradition of editorial excellence. We are now first in the nation in our category—and not just in the top half dozen—because layout and photography are now as strong as editorial,” she said.