Student journalists win regional SPJ awards


Press Release by Cindy Simoneau

Southern News editors won two regional college journalism awards on Saturday, April 6 from the Society of Professional Journalists, Region 1.

Editor in chief Kevin Crompton won a finalist award in the Sports Writing category for a profile on Owls linebacker Jhaaron Wallace, “Wallace joins elite company in record books.”

The story highlights his journey from high school to college and how he ended up at a Division II school despite his dreams of playing at the Division I level. Through his four years at Southern he now sits at fifth all-time in career tackles in the SCSU university record book. He is one of the top linebackers to come through the program.

Former Managing editor Joshua LaBella and Photo Editor, and former News Writer, August Pelliccio won a finalist award for Breaking News Reporting, “Racial slur in class causes outrage.”

The fall 2018 story covered Professor Eric Triffin’s use of the N-word in class. Triffin said the word while singing a song that a student played during class.

One student told Triffin he did not appreciate the professor using that word. Triffin proceeded to defend why he could use the word.

The story detailed the events that took place and students’ reactions to the incident. Both Triffin and students were quoted in the story.

SPJ Region 1 encompasses universities from Maine through New England to New York, New Jersey to Philadelphia.

Students from the SCSU SPJ chapter were on hand to accept the awards at the ceremony in Boston this past weekend.

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