The Rider News sweeps up 17 awards: Paper gets most awards in N.J. 1st for general excellence

Clockwise from left, Joe Petrizzo, Rachel Stengel, Katie Zeck, Nicole Veenstra, Kristy Grinere, Emily Eiermann, Katie Hambor, Dave Pavlak, Maggie Sarlo and Jen Maldonado were the recipients of 12 New Jersey Press Association awards.










The Rider News recently won 17 awards for its journalistic work. This is the most awards the paper has won in a single year, topping 2007, when the staff won eight New Jersey Press Foundation awards. The awards this year include a Sweepstakes Award which is presented to the school that accumulates the most points out of all the entered college newspapers in the state.

New Jersey Press Foundation

Sweepstakes Award

1st place awards

Staff, General Excellence

Joe Petrizzo and Katie Zeck, News Writing

“Let’s Get Fiscal: Unexpected budget shortfall leads to departmental cuts”

Nicole Veenstra, Feature Writing

“Gleek snags break on reality show,” “Fulbright winner says ‘guten tag’ to Austria” 

David Pavlak, Biography/Personality Profile

“Fenlator pilots life’s struggles and joys,” “Thompson makes his mark”

Kristy Grinere, Editorial Writing

“Banishing the bad from the Banner system,” “Shootings spark new safety tactics”

David Pavlak, Sports Writing

“Rider looks to rock the rim this season”

Maggie Sarlo, General Photography

“Superstorm Sandy”, “From snitch to witch”

2nd place awards

Joe Petrizzo, Editorial Writing

“Barack the vote: Obama to assist higher education”

Staff, Layout and Design

“Weird NJ showcases the state’s spookiest secrets,” “Braving the bobsled”

3rd place awards

Jen Maldonado, Biography/Personality Profile

“Well, we’re not moving”

Ben Strahle, Sports Photography

“Women’s soccer wants wins in last two home games,” “Rider rallies, but falls in 6 a.m. game”

Society of Professional Journalists – Region 1

2nd place awards

Joe Petrizzo and Katie Zeck, General News Reporting

“Let’s Get Fiscal: Unexpected budget shortfall leads to departmental cuts”

Staff, Online News Reporting

“Hurricane Sandy”

Staff, Best All-Around Non Daily Student Newspaper

3rd place awards

Katie Zeck and Rachel Stengel, Breaking News Reporting

“Vicious Virus: Overnight norovirus outbreak sickens dozens”

David Pavlak, Sports Writing

“Fenlator pilots life’s struggles and joys”

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