The Centurion, Bucks County Community College’s student-run newspaper, has earned nine Student Keystone Press Awards from the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Foundation for 2018. That brings the total awards that the newspaper has won in the two-year college division of the statewide contest to 93 since it began entering in 2010.
Professor Tony Rogers, coordinator of the journalism program at Bucks, says the consistent performance by student journalists year after year is a reflection of the quality of the academic program at the public, two-year college.
“I think it shows that even at a community college paper, where staff turnover is a constant, you can still produce really good journalism,” said Rogers. “The fact that the Centurion has won so many awards is a testament to the hard work and dedication of all the paper’s editors and reporters, year in and year out.”
The Centurion won the following awards, presented at the America East Media Business and Technology Conference in Hershey, Pa., on March 14:
Ongoing News Coverage – First Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “Radical Reverend” by Jocelyn Pappas, Hal Conte, Madison Helsen
Ongoing News Coverage – Second Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “Racism on the Rise” by Emma Kuliczkowski, Hal Conte, Gabby Houck, and Madison Helsen
Ongoing News Coverage – Honorable Mention: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “News Media at a Crossroads: by Hal Conte, Tyler Creighton, Brandon Cummings, and Mike Vigilante
Feature Story – First Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion
“Racist and Homophobic Incidents at Local Public Schools Draw Concern from Administrators, Anti‐Hate Groups” by Hal Conte
Sports Story – First Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “An Uphill Battle For Mens Basketball Team With 2‐6 Start” by Elijah Pittman
Website – First Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion by Bucks Centurion Staff
General News – Second Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion
“Bucks Increases Tuition by Another $5 Per Credit for Fall” by Hal Conte
Personality Profile – Second Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “Poet and Professor: Bucks Very Own Ethel Rackin” by Shannon Harrar
Column – Second Place: Bucks County Community College ‐ The Centurion “Awesome Mixes: Anything for Selenas; Heckin’ Spookin’; 10 songs better than Despacito” by Nicole Cisneros
To read the Centurion, visit http://www.bucks-news.com/. To learn more about the journalism program at Bucks, visit www.bucks.edu/journalism or contact Professor Tony Rogers at [email protected] or 215-968-8165.
Interested in Journalism
Bucks County Community College’s journalism program and its award-winning Centurion student newspaper invite the public to “Careers in Journalism and Beyond,” the program’s 19th annual Journalism Forum, on Tuesday, April 17.
The three-part event features eight professionals participating in roundtable discussions in the Centurion newsroom, located in room 127 of the Rollins Center on the Newtown campus. The first session takes place from 8 to 9:15 a.m., the second from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., and the third from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. The annual Journalism Forum is a way to educate the public while showcasing the two-year journalism associate degree program at Bucks County Community College. Admission is free. The campus is located at 275 Swamp Road, Newtown, Pa., 18940. For more information, visit www.bucks.edu/journalism, or contact Professor Tony Rogers at [email protected] or 215-986-8165.