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NDNU's Argonaut Receives State, National Journalism Awards

Belmont, CA, March 3, 2008 — For the second consecutive year, The Argonaut, the student newspaper of Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont was selected as the best small college newspaper in the state by the California College Media Association (CCMA).

The CCMA awards were presented Saturday evening at the group’s annual meeting which took place as part of the Associated Collegiate Press convention in San Francisco Feb. 28-March 2.

The Argonaut took first place in the General Excellence category for newspapers published less often than weekly. Among the individual awards, this year’s Editor- in-Chief, Corazon Riley, shared first place in Best News Series with last year’s editor, Bianca Nery, for their continued coverage of the city of Belmont’s issues with NDNU regarding noise.

“Every year The Argonaut experience just gets better,” said Michelle Carter, The Argonaut’s adviser. “I am always amazed at our staff of dedicated, talented, young journalists who pour their hearts into making the best possible. They were up against many schools that are considerably larger than NDNU. But they don’t flinch.”

In other awards, Current Managing Editor Stephanie Scalise won first place for Best Editorial, and Sports Editor Michael Prescott took first place for Best Sports Column for an article on the resignation of the cross-country coach.

In the Best Arts and Entertainment category, Humberto Felix won first place and Cassandra Moser took third place. Online Editor John Larsen and Nery shared second place honors for the Best Breaking News Story.

Riley also took second place for Best Sports Action Photo and Best Sports Page Design.  Second places in Best Overall Design and Best Back-to-School Edition went to The Argonaut staff as a whole.

In a related honor, ACP just published its 2007 yearbook of national Pacemaker Awards, and a page in the glossy, four-color publication was devoted to The Argonaut, a finalist for the Pacemaker Award.