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13 April 2010,     TORONTO
Humber journalism students win 49 Columbia Scholastic Press Awards
Students in the journalism program at Humber College recently brought home a school record-breaking 49 awards from the College Media Advisors Convention and the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards in New York City.

Humber students at the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards
Humber students at the Columbia Scholastic Press Awards

Humber’s student newspaper, the Humber EtCetera won its first Apple Award for top two-year tabloid newspaper. It also took the silver award for its online site, An additional 46 awards were won by the school for work in online news, TV, radio, and magazine. Humber was particularly strong in the online category, more than tripling the number of awards previously won.

The increase in award-winning online content is music to the ears of journalism accelerated program coordinator Mike Karapita, who says the program has been overhauled in the past three years to place a greater emphasis on the web.

Karapita says the awards are gratifying because they are all about the students. “Very exciting because it is confirmation from industry experts and educational experts that we’re on the right track and that our student productions can stack up with the best anywhere,” he says.”

More than 1,200 student journalists and advisors from universities and other institutions participated in the three-day conference held in New York City in partnership with Columbia University. Humber had the distinction of being the only Canadian school to participate, according to a press release from the school.

— Val Maloney
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