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The Vermont Cynic racks up photo and advertising awards

December 4, 2018

The Vermont Cynic has had a big semester on the national awards scene.

During the National College Media Convention in Louisville, UVM’s student journalists were recognized as among the best in the nation in two categories: photojournalism and advertising layout:

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Black Student Union President Harmony Edosomwan, a sophomore sits in the middle of Main Street in Burlington during this week’s protest. Edosomwan and others have been calling for the removal of top University of Vermont officials for what she calls failure to act against racism on campus. Photo by Oliver Pomazi, The Vermont Cynic

  • A photo of UVM student Harmony Edosomwan, president of the Black Student Union, sitting in the middle of Main Street in Burlington during historic protests for racial equality in Spring 2018 won second place in the nation in the environmental portraiture category. Vermont Cynic photojournalist Oliver Pomazi took the photo.
  • A Vermont Cynic advertisement known as a “house ad” won fourth place in the nation in its category. The ad, designed by Cynic layout editor Lily Keats, was intended to encourage students to get involved with the student newspaper.

Cynic leaders said they were proud of the work produced by their staff.

“We’re very excited that the work we do every day has paid off, and we’re looking forward to producing even stronger content in the future,” said Greta Bjornson, the news organization’s editor-in-chief.

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Cynic layout editor Lily Keats won fourth place in the nation for her advertisement encouraging students to join the Cynic staff.

Award recipients were chosen by judges from Associated Collegiate Press, the student-media organization that also awards the Pacemaker Award—the “Pulitzer Prize of college journalism”—which the Cynic has won in years past—and the Story of the Year Award, which the Cynic earned in 2015 and 2016.

 

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A Day in the Life at UVM

October 12, 2018

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Want to see what it’s like at the University of Vermont? Check out this week’s feature by University Communications: “A Day in the Life”—a sunup till past-sundown visual journey featuring videos and photos, like the one above of this week’s Vermont Cynic staff meeting.

Thanks for a GREAT year at UVM Student Media

May 22, 2018

With hundreds of students spread across three amazing student media organizations, this year in WRUV-FM, UVMtv and The Vermont Cynic has been straight-up fantastic.

Thanks for all of that you do. Have a great summer.

And we’ll see you in August!

The Vermont Cynic documents historic UVM protests

February 24, 2018
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Black Student Union President Harmony Edosomwan, a sophomore sits in the middle of Main Street in Burlington during this week’s protest. Edosomwan and others have been calling for the removal of top University of Vermont officials for what she calls failure to act against racism on campus.
Photo by Oliver Pomazi, The Vermont Cynic

When a group of University of Vermont students protested this week against the administration for what the students called a failure to act against racist acts and institutional practices—a week in which a UVM staff member also staged a public hunger strike over the same issues—The Vermont Cynic staff launched a multimedia effort on VtCynic.com to capture the moment.

This collegiate journalism rivaled some of the best that The Vermont Cynic has ever produced. This page contains just a few of the moments captured by the staff of Cynic Editor-in-Chief Erika Lewy and Managing Editor Greta Bjornson.

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NoNames4Justice, an UVM social justice group, staged rallies in Waterman, the main UVM administration building, more than once during the week. The first of the rallies occurred on Feb. 20 in support of John Mejia, a UVM staff member who staged a hunger strike to protest racial injustice. Photo by Alek Fleury, photo editor of The Vermont Cynic

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UVM Vice Provost Annie Stevens, right, listens to student protesters, who have called for her to resign.

UVM media in the spotlight

November 27, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-11-27 at 8.13.14 AMFor the second time in just as many weeks, the University of Vermont’s communications office has devoted some virtual ink to UVM student media. We appreciate the shout-out!

You can read the latest story here.

Vermont Quarterly spotlights Cynic grad

November 13, 2017

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UVM’S Vermont Quarterly magazine has published a brief feature on 2010 Vermont Cynic editor-in-chief (and 2011 UVM grad) Natalie DiBlasio. Read the full article here.

A free student press returns to Vermont

May 26, 2017
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Gov. Phil Scott took part in a ceremonial bill-signing with aspiring writers and journalists from Vermont’s public schools. The new law protects students in the state’s public schools and colleges from censorship by school officials.

A truly free student press returned to Vermont public schools this week.

Gov. Phil Scott signed an education bill that will prevent principals, superintendents and other school officials from censoring school newspapers for trivial reasons.

Up till now, school officials could prevent student journalists from writing about anything that they deemed inappropriate. School officials have used this power to prevent publication of stories about everything from teen pregnancy to acts of racism.

Now, Vermont stands as the 11th state to enact a New Voices law, aimed to empower students to use their voices as journalists.

Students still face more restraints than professional journalists—stories that would substantially disrupt a school environment are still off limits—but now students can write stories about controversial topics without worrying about them being censored merely because the story are controversial.

Scott met with several aspiring journalists Thursday in Burlington for a ceremonial signing of the law.

Alexandre Silberman, one of two co-editors of the Burlington High School newspaper, The Register, said he appreciates the steps that lawmakers took this year to protect student journalists.

“I’m so glad to be graduating high school knowing that the student journalists who follow in my footsteps will have an environment free of censorship and prior review,” Silberman said. “This New Voices law affirms the importance of a free student press and will effectively protect it.”

Vermont Sen. Jeanette White, a Windham County Democrat, sponsored the bill that grew into the New Voices law.

White and Nancy Olson, director of Vermont’s branch of the Journalism Education Association, had worked to introduce this kind of bill in previous years. This time, she worked with the Student Press Law Center and the national New Voices campaign.

You can read more about the new law at SPLC.org.