Campus: San Francisco State University -- December 04, 2002
SFSU Students Recognized for Outstanding Journalism
For the second year in a row, the [X]press received the prestigious
Newspaper Pacemaker award from the Associated Collegiate Press, a national
association of college journalists.
As a Newspaper Pacemaker, the Golden Gate [X]press was recognized with
16 other college newspapers nationwide, including those at Harvard University
and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. A total of 190 student newspapers
were considered, and SFSU was the only California university on the
winners’ list. Announced in November at the annual conference
of the Associated Collegiate Press, the award is based on quality and
scope of reporting, visual presentation, and editorial leadership in
the 2001-02 academic year.
“We have made a special effort to promote diversity in our program,
in our sources and in our subject matter,” said Yvonne Daley,
SFSU associate professor of journalism and faculty adviser to the [X]press.
“This makes for a more interesting newsroom as well as an interesting
mix of stories and perspectives.”
Outstanding Student Journalist Awards
Recently three students on the [X]press also received special honors
from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists (SPJ), a 9,000-member national association that promotes
freedom and ethics in journalism.
Adam Ashton, Nada Behziz and Greg Kozocas earned the SPJ’s Outstanding
Student Journalist award. The award recognized Behziz, a journalism
senior, and Kozocas, who finished his bachelor of arts in journalism
in the spring, for their in-depth research and reporting at the [X]press.
Kozocas, who lives in Sunnyvale, said the winning article on faculty
promotions came out of “absolutely a team effort” and took
months to investigate and write.
“Many of the Journalism Department advisers worked closely with
us to ensure that our story was impartial and even-handed to all sides,”
said Behziz, who grew up in Sacramento.
“My two years on the [X]press taught me how to dig up information
for a tense investigation, how to build good relationships with reliable
sources, and how to encourage my colleagues to do the same,” said
Ashton, chosen for his coverage of student government in the spring
and his work on the [X]press throughout the year. Ashton, who worked
on his high school newspaper in Livermore, wrote about student elections,
University health-care fees and a dispute over restaurants on campus.
“I hope my stories reflected a campus with a sense of community,”
A geography and English literature major, Ashton was [X]press editor
in fall 2001 when the paper ran its award-winning coverage of the Sept.
11 terrorist attacks. That coverage earned the national Best of Show
prize at the 2001 Associated Collegiate Press convention.
On Nov. 19, the three SFSU students took their place beside leading
Bay Area professional journalists at the SPJ’s annual awards banquet.
Daley noted that both the national and regional awards “are quite
significant because the contests are judged by representatives from
the media and the other journalism programs around the country or in
the region. They are looking for basic journalistic excellence but also
something more—something that distinguishes this particular story
or newspaper from the others in the same league.”
San Francisco State University’s Journalism Department is nationally
recognized and one of the largest in the Bay Area. With more than 300
students enrolled each year, the department sponsors a wide range of
student publications including the nationally acclaimed Golden Gate
[X]press newspaper, magazine and Web edition. The department also is
home to the Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism
(CIIJ), a coaching and advocacy service working with college and high
school students to promote ethnic diversity and balanced news coverage.
Contact: Matt Itelson (415) 338-1743; (415) 338-1665; firstname.lastname@example.org