After reviewing five months-worth of submissions from student reporters across the US, we’re delighted to announce the winners of our student media competition.
1st prize – Lisa Khoury – University of Buffalo (NY): The Heights of Fear. Lisa spent two years collecting data that showed negligent landlords and passive officials had allowed an area near campus to become so run-down that it was intimidating for students to live in.
2nd prize – Fidelity Ballmer – Foothill Technology High School (CA): New California Law Gives Public Schools More Power to Punish Off-campus Cyberbullying. Frank LoMonte (Executive Director of the Student Press Law Center) claimed it was: “The most thorough, well-researched, nuanced story on cyberbullying law I’ve ever read.”
1st prize – Cris Ortega – University of North Texas (TX): Artists of Life. Cris documented two brothers: Ulises and Christopher, who are learning to become carpenters so they can continue to support themselves and others in their community.
2nd prize – Samantha Guzman – University of North Texas (TX): The Protection of Cristo Rey. Samantha followed Don Erasmo – once a vendor selling around the statue of Cristo Rey in Tenancingo, Mexico – whose house was destroyed in a fire. He cleans the statue and its surrounds for $120 per month – barely enough to keep his family fed.
1st prize – Taylor Griffin – Baylor University (TX): I Am No Longer a Victim of Southern Circumstance. Of her parents, Taylor says: “They’re still warming up to the idea that one of my best girl friends from the program is a Catholic from upstate New York”.
2nd prize – August McKernan – Borah High School (ID): High School Journalists Deserve Free Speech. Says August: “My aim was to provoke a reaction, a call for change. Now only time will tell. And of course, angry letters to the editor.“