Sunday, March 19, 2017

High CSPA Honors for The Ithacan

From left: Ithacan Assistant Multimedia Editor Connor Duffy,
Assistant Life & Culture Editor Jake Leary, CSPA Executive
Director Edmund Sullivan, Assistant Photo Editor Connor Lange,
and Assistant Multimedia Editor Matt Mahoney at the Crown
Award Presentation in New York on March 12.
The Ithacan had a strong showing at the spring National College Media Convention in New York City, March 11–13. The paper was awarded the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown for overall excellence for 2015–16 (Kira Maddox ’16, editor-in-chief), as well as the 2017 “Apple Award” for Best in Show in the newspaper category, presented by the College Media Association.
The Crown Award was in the “hybrid” category, which evaluates entries on the basis of the effectiveness with which they combine their print and online publications. The Best in Show Award was based on three issues of the paper submitted from the 2016–17 academic year (Kayla Dwyer ’17, editor-in-chief).

Meeting the Family

At our last Ithacan editorial board meeting before leaving for the spring National College Media Convention in New York last weekend, I told the board that I would be bringing the current editors who would be participating in the conference  to “meet the family” — namely our New York Ithacan alumni — at our annual spring dinner. I compared it to an extended family reunion where you meet a whole bunch of cool, interesting cousins you never knew you had.

From left: Jake Leary, Scott McDermott,
Graham Hebel, Fernando Ferraz
and Connor Lange.
And a family reunion is what it always feels like. This year’s group spanned more than two decades, from the class of 1997 to the current freshmen attending the conference. Forty of us turned out on Monday night despite the impending blizzard scheduled to start at midnight. The photo section was well-represented, with eight former and current editors present, including a rare appearance by Scott McDermott! And Jill Agostino stopped by — her first dinner with the New York crew since the Times moved her back to the city from D.C. (where our alumni are still missing her). 

Evin Billington, Miles Surrey,
Aaron Edwards and Frances Johnson
The alumni lineup consisted of Jill Agostino ’86, Nicolas Barajas ’08, Evin Billington ’16, Jaclyn Cataldi ’15, Jack Curran ’15, Jared Dionne ’13, William Earl ’09, Aaron Edwards ’12, Evan Falk ’09, Max Gillilan ’16, James Hawver ’07, Graham Hebel ’13, Frances Johnson ’16, Sami Khan ’02, Kira Maddox ’16, Scott McDermott ’97, Tucker Mitchell ’16, Casey Musarra ’11, Gillian Nigro ’14, Rachel Orlow ’13, Taylor Palmer ’14, Steven Pirani ’16, Matt Quintanilla ’07, Deepa Shah ’06, Elizabeth Sile ’11, Shawn Steiner ’13, Miles Surrey ’15, Andy Swift ’09, Andrew Weiser ’11, Jennifer Williams ’16, Stacey Coburn Williams ’07, Chloe Wilson ’14 and Vicky Wolak ’14.

Jim Hawver, Matt Quintanilla, Deepa
Shah and Stacey Coburn Williams
Current students who attended were Editor-in-Chief Kayla Dwyer ’17, Assistant Multimedia Editor Connor Duffy ’20, Photo Editor Fernando Ferraz ’17, Assistant Photo Editor Connor Lange ’19, Assistant Life & Culture Editor Jake Leary ’20 and Assistant Multimedia Editor Matt Maloney ’20.

Jack Curran, Gillian Nigro and Kira Maddox
Kayla Dwyer, Libby Sile and Bill Earl
It was terrific to see everyone, as always. Thank you to the good people at Heartland Brewery and Chophouse at on W. 43rd St., who made sure we had a good time, as they have for many years now. And special thanks to Deepa Shah, without whose organizational talents — and generosity — these events would be a lot more difficult to manage. 
Andrew Weiser, Casey Musarra
and Evan Falk
Shawn Steiner, Jennifer Williams
and Steve Pirani
Taylor Palmer and Chloe Wilson

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Daily Signal Fights for Recognition


In 2014, the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, started its own journalism outlet, The Daily Signal, installing former Ithacan editor-in-chief Rob Bluey ’01 as editor-in-chief. Since then, Bluey has been arguing for the Signal’s legitimacy as a news source in the face of criticism by mainstream news organizations and others that it practices not journalism but partisan political advocacy. Here's the latest skirmish in that battle

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Sunday, September 04, 2016

The Return of the Alumni Blog!


It's back! Like a phoenix being reborn from the ashes, Dracula rising from the grave or Immanuel Kant awaking from his dogmatic slumbers, the Ithacan Alumni Blog is making its return after lying dormant for almost a year and a half. Very soon you'll be seeing news of the many Ithacan alumni making their marks on the world of media, politics, business and culture, as well as notes on the achievements of our current students as they gain the knowledge and skills that only The Ithacan can teach them. Watch this space for more.

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Ithacan Website Named Best in New York State

But wait, there’s more ...
Evan Sobkowicz
In addition to the numerous awards presented to The Ithacan by the New York Press Association mentioned in an earlier post, the NYPA also named the Ithacan website the best in New York state. Congratulations to webmaster Evan Sobkowicz ’17 for his terrific website design and constant innovation. 

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Ithacan’s New Banner: Forever May It Wave

Editor-in-Chief Jack Curran, Managing
Editor Kira Maddox and the new banner.
Grace Clauss, our design editor, created this cool new banner to use at Ithaca Today and other events. Also, after years of deliberation, we finally agreed on a new tagline. “Accuracy, Independence, Integrity.” I think it sums up The Ithacan pretty well.

Kira Maddox Named Next Ithacan Editor-in-Chief

Junior journalism major Kira Maddox has been selected as the 2015–16 editor-in-chief of The Ithacan.
The Ithaca College Board of Student Publications interviewed Maddox and junior integrated marketing communications major Sabrina Knight on March 30 and recommended Maddox to Roy H. Park School of Communications Dean Diane Gayeski, who made the appointment.
Maddox began at the paper as a copy editor, then joined the editorial board as proofreader and, this year, as managing editor. In the latter two position, she has read and edited every story published in The Ithacan for the past two years. She will be the paper’s first managing editor to also serve as editor-in-chief.
In addition, she has interned at the Utica (N.Y.) Observer-Dispatch and will be interning at the Syracuse Media Group this summer. 

NYPA Once Again Names The Ithacan the Best College Newspaper in New York State

The Ithacan has once again been named the Best College Newspaper in New York State by the New York Press Association. The award, the NYPA’s top collegiate honor, was announced March 28 at the organization’s annual convention at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Ithacan Editor-in-Chief Jack Curran ’15, Managing Editor Kira Maddox ’16, Assistant Life & Culture Editor Mary Ford ’17, Multimedia Editor Alexis Forde ’17 and Chief Copy Editor Rachel Wolfgang ’17 attended the convention and accepted the award on behalf of the paper.
The award is for work produced during the calendar year 2014 (Megan Devlin ’14, spring editor-in-chief; Jack Curran ’15, fall editor in chief).
In addition to being named the best overall college paper in the state, The Ithacan and its staff members received the following awards:

Awards for the Paper 
Awards for Individuals

Amelia Erikson
Steven Pirani
Jack Curran



Caitie Ihrig and Yana Mazurkevich
Spring 2014 Sports Editor Steve Derderian, Fall 2014
Sports Editor Miles Surrey and current Sports Editor
Kristen Gowdy

Friday, March 27, 2015