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National Award Earned by The Hudsonian, Student Newspaper of Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Dennis Kennedy (518) 629-8071,
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014

The Hudsonian, Hudson Valley Community College’s student newspaper, placed fourth in the Best of Show competition for two-year school tabloids at the 93rd Associated College Press/College Media Association Fall National College Media Convention. More than 2,000 students from colleges and universities around the country attended the event held last week in Philadelphia, PA. Awards were given to the top 10 entries.

The national honor marks the highest placement in the competition for The Hudsonian since a tenth place finish in 2011. The winning issue includes stories about START-UP NY tax-free zones, the first female hockey player at the college, a student from Guinea raising money for those affected by the Ebola virus, as well as several campus and athletic events.

The Hudsonian is an independent and student-managed newspaper published weekly during the academic year. It first was issued in 1961, following The Technician, the student newspaper when the college was known as Hudson Valley Technical Institute (1954-1959). Patrick Gareau, an Individual Studies major, serves as editor-in-chief. Rachel Bornn and Jaime Barrett, associate professor and assistant professor, respectively, in the Department of English, Foreign Languages and English as a Second Language, are advisors.

“Unlike many other two-year colleges where the newspaper is organized through a Journalism class and supervised by a paid media adviser, The Hudsonian staff is strictly a club and participation is voluntary. Most members are not even Journalism majors, just students looking for workplace experience and a supportive community on campus. For years, we have worked to make our newsroom an outstanding learning environment. At a two-year community college, that is challenging, but I think we have really accomplished that now, said Rachel Bornn.

“This particular staff is exceptional in their ability to cooperate, sniff out news and write engaging, articulate news copy. Much of this year's improvement is because of the editorial staff's drive for success, professionalism, and commitment to accurate, unbiased reporting focused on the hyper-local community here at the college. They've been able to engage their audience and produce a strong paper every week. This group of students is representative of the best here at Hudson Valley and this official recognition is a great motivator for the students. I am very proud of the staff's work this semester so far and eagerly expect continued growth and improvement this year,” Bornn continued.

Hudson Valley offers more than 50 student clubs and organizations to enhance the academic and social experience gained at the college. The Hudsonian provides students with real world opportunities in journalism, the editorial process, layout, sales, advertising, public relations, promotions, accounting and Web design.

Founded in 1953, Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in four schools: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment more than 12,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training. Hudson Valley has more than 75,000 alumni.