Mercy College Newspaper Wins Five NY Press Awards

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May 5, 2022

By Rick Pezzullo—

Mercy College’s school newspaper received five awards in the New York Press Association’s (NYPA) 2021 Better Newspaper competition.

The impactwhich has been Mercy’s newspaper since 1970, has won more than 40 NYPA awards since first entering the contest in 2007.


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three of The impacts staff members won the only awards given in the editorial category. Editor-in-chief James Tiedemann and writer Britney Guzman took first place for their entry, while associate editor Nicole Alarcon took second place.

Also win a first prize for The impact was the columnist Henry Blethen. Judge’s comments on Blethen were: “Blethen’s writing is refreshingly straightforward. The best columns offer insight and information and are presented in clear, creative writing. This is exactly what these columns do.

The impact earned third place in the Best Website category. “Newsy, actively updated and easy to read. The impact offers a solid variety.

In the competitive News Story category, Noelle Ramirez received an honorable mention. “The writer’s gift for storytelling shines through in this article. It’s sensitive, intimate, and detailed, with great quotes and a great ending.

Members of the Nebraska Press Association and the National Newspaper Association judged the contest and it’s over 2,500 entries. The awards were presented at the NYPA annual convention in Saratoga Springs this past weekend.

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