2010-12-10 / Education

Richland Northeast student newspaper takes two top national awards

Contributed by Richland Northeast High School

Richland Northeast’s Nina Brook and Laura Dorn in front of Dorn’s award–winning layouts for The Cavalier. Photo by Katie Burke, Cavplex Richland Northeast’s Nina Brook and Laura Dorn in front of Dorn’s award–winning layouts for The Cavalier. Photo by Katie Burke, Cavplex The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, part of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York, gave two of its top 2010 Gold Circle Awards to Laura Dorn and Caryn Wells for their work on 2009–10 issues of The Cavalier, the Richland Northeast High School student newspaper.

Dorn, now a senior in RNE’s Convergence Media, Horizon, and Palmetto Center for the Arts Visual Arts magnets, won a certificate of merit for Photo Layout: Portfolio of Work. “This award puts her in the top six of high school newspaper designers nationwide,” said Nina Brook, chair of RNE’s Convergence Media program and advisor to The Cavalier. Dorn is editor–

in–chief of The Caval ier

this year.

Laying out a newspaper page “takes a lot of different elements,” said Dorn. “You have to balance photos, copy, cutlines, and more. If you have a lot of good photos, it can be challenging to get them all in. If you don’t have a lot of good photos, it can be challenging to make the page visually interesting.”

Caryn Wells, a member of RNE’s Class of 2010, won the Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s first place for Personal Opinion: Off–Campus Issues for a column entitled “Not My Barbie.” A graduate of both the PCA and Convergence Media magnets, Wells is now a nursing student at the University of South Carolina.

Columbia Scholastic Press Association judges are experienced journalists and educators familiar with student journalism. In recent years, the group has received more than 13,000 entries and about given 1,000 awards in the various categories.

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