By Michelle Marasch Ouellette
This October, SUNY Plattsburgh journalism students headed down to the Big Easy for a taste of Cajun culture, lessons on the media and a bit of national recognition.
Thirteen students made the trek to the Associated Collegiate Press convention in New Orleans, where Cardinal Points — the college’s student-run newspaper — made the Best of Show list.
The paper came in at No. 8 in its division, which included the University of North Florida, the University of Miami, Georgia State University and California State University Stanislaus.
“For a staff with only a few seniors, it’s remarkable that such a young group could pull off a Best of Show at the National College Media Convention — especially in a professionally judged competition against such collegiate heavyweights,” said Shawn Murphy, adviser for Cardinal Points and chair of the college’s journalism department.
"It was a great feeling to know that out of all of the four-year weekly newspapers in the country, we scored among the top 10,” Editor-in-Chief Stanley Blow III said.
The issue that was judged came out Oct. 18 and was produced by current Cardinal Points staff, including Blow, Managing Editor Lara Dufresne, News Editor Brian Molongoski, Sports Editor Zachary Ripple, Fuse Editor Elizabeth Reff, Opinions Editor Brittany Shew, Photo Editor Alexander Ayala and Web Editor Melanie Rivera.
This is the second time the paper has made the Best of Show list. The first was in 2011, when the college ranked first in its division.
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