Contact: Allison Benner, College Relations Associate - Media, 610-740-3790


Allentown, PA (March 16, 2007) - From the city that never sleeps to the city that chocolate built, and back again, student journalists from Cedar Crest College's Crestiad newspaper are enjoying a whirlwind of events that deliver new insight and skills for their media endeavors, not to mention some well-deserved recognition for a job well done.

Students Mingle with New York Times Editors

The action started in the Big Apple as four Crestiad editors were invited to go "Inside The Times," a special day-long workshop made possible through a partnership between the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and The New York Times.  "It was such an honor to be invited to The New York Times.  We now have information and advice from some of the best sources around," says Jennifer Woytach '07, editor in chief/sports editor for the Crestiad.  "My personal favorite was hearing from Lynn Zinser, a sports editor.  She offered general tips and advice that any reporter would benefit from."  While there Woytach (of Duryea, PA), along with Lori Gallagher '08 (of North Catasauqua, PA), Linda Misiura '07 (of Hop Bottom, PA) and Stacey Solt '07 (of Lehighton, PA), heard talks from some of the Times' top editors and attended a hands-on copy editing workshop.

Three Crestiad Writers Win State Awards

From there Woytach joined another Crestiad writer, Jennifer Kumetz (of Easton, PA), and faculty advisor Professor Liz Ortiz, for a trip to the Hershey Lodge and Convention Center in Hershey, PA on March 14th, where they received awards for writing at the annual Scholastic and Collegiate Keystone Press Awards Luncheon.  The awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation and the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors, recognize journalism that consistently provides relevance, integrity and initiative in serving readers, and furthers First Amendment values.

Out of 700 entries from 29 colleges across the state, Woytach received a second place award for Spot News, and Jennifer Kumetz received an honorable mention in the Column category.  Another Cedar Crest student, Emily Pulham '08, who is currently studying in England, was awarded second place in the Review category.  The entries were chosen by a prestigious group of judges from newspapers throughout Pennsylvania including the Philadelphia Daily News and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.


Students Get Training from Leaders in Industry

The Crestiad students were back on the road to New York City late on March 14th for their annual trip to the College Media Advisors Spring Convention, a three-day gathering of university level media participants from across the country.  While there, students hear from experts in the field of print, broadcast and online media.  This year's convention has put particular focus on the prevalence of how Internet technologies and other "new media" are affecting the entire industry.

For more information, please contact the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.





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