Columbia High’s School Newspaper Wins 1st Place for 6th Year in a Row

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From Columbia High School in the South Orange-Maplewood School District:

The Columbian has earned the first place award in an annual competition held by the American Scholastic Press Association for the sixth year in a row.

The national competition is open to any and all student-run newspapers from across the country. Entries are critiqued on journalistic content, journalistic decision-making, visual layout and design, photography, illustration, and overall editing. Columbia High School’s (CHS) newspaper team tallied enough points in each category to earn themselves a first place for a sixth year in a row.

Judges noted that CHS has “…an excellent school newspaper, which shows the creativity and journalistic knowledge of [its] reporters, writers, photographers, layout/graphics designers and advisor[s].”

The Columbian is a student-run publication whose leaders are enrolled in the Production Journalism course (Fine Arts), and have earned their positions after completing the Journalistic Writing (ELA) or Computer Graphics (Fine Arts) courses.

COVID-19, the global pandemic, and a school closure all challenged the team’s ability to continue to produce a print version of the publication so the shift to a digital platform was necessary. The historic move marked the beginning of a new era in the institution’s more than 80 year existence.

Martina Zacker, Nicholas Shires, Noori Zubieta, Jordan Young, Sydney Rednik, Zoe Slavin, Emily Wilner, Ari Mehlman, Ruari McEwan, and Jonathon Cutler made up the editorial board for the team.

The art/design team members for 2019-20 were Dana Hugel, Avery Soupios, Matt McBride, Arielle Loubier, Derek Gutierrez, Sydney Mannion, Isaac Weber, Jack Griffith, Leo Preston, Ethan Walden, and Charlie Hummel.

Advisers for The Columbian are Joshua Enyeart (English Dept.) and Cindy Malhotra (Fine Arts).

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