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Tom Kaminski from WCBS Newsradio 880 (and proud MSU alum and Adjunct Professor) joined SCM students Nick Mulkay, Solana Brol, Francis Churchill, Emily Dolan, Sukyoung Cho, Carter Winner, Louis Biondolillo, and Bernice Ndegwa at the 2022 Folio Awards.

Adding to the list of awards won recently by various Montclair State University student-led media organizations, 14 School of Communication and Media (SCM) students recently received first place recognition from the Fair Media Council Folio Awards. The students won separate awards in the Best Newscast and Best Feature categories for colleges and universities.

At an awards ceremony surrounded by some of the most successful and accomplished professional journalists and media members in the country (including proud alumnus, SCM adjunct professor and WBCS 880 and PIX11 reporter Tom Kaminski), these teams were recognized on June 17 at Crest Hollow Country Club on Long Island:

Category: Feature

“MSU Drag”

Air date: Nov. 17, 2021

Team: Solana Brol, Producer, Editor; Gabby Taylor, Editor; Carter Winner, Crew

Category: Best Newscast*

Air date: Oct. 12, 2021

Team: Louis Biondolillo, Producer, Talent; Givonna Boggans, Producer, Editor; Sukyoung Cho, Graphics; Francis Churchill, Editor; Emily Dolan, Show Editor; Julia Egan, Show Producer; Olivia Licini, Editor; Bernice Ndegwa: Producer, Talent; Hailey Mayewski, Producer, Editor; Nick Mulkay, Producer, Editor; Gabby Taylor, Show Producer.

*First place tie with Hofstra Today, Hofstra University

Dr. Keith Strudler, Director of the School of Communication and Media, accompanied the students to the ceremony. “I am extremely proud of our students’ creative storytelling and teamwork,” Strudler said. “Our faculty does an amazing job training our students so they can leverage our state-of-the-art tools, resources and facilities. The collaborative effort by these teams highlights the possibilities for our current and future students.”

Professor Mark Effron who oversees the Montclair News Lab said, “Thank you to the Folio Awards for giving our students the opportunity to showcase their work. This recognition is something our students will always remember as they embark on successful media careers.”

Began in the 1980s to encourage and reward Long Island news, the Folio Awards have expanded over the years. Social media campaigns that do good began to be recognized due to social media’s ability to give voice to all. Expansion of news categories to include New York regional and National news recognizes news that impacts everyone.

About the School of Communication and Media: Founded in 2012, the School of Communication and Media offers a range of dynamic programs in communication and media to a talented and diverse student population of over 1,300. Offering degrees in film and television, social media and public relations, advertising, journalism and digital media, sports communication, communication and media studies, and an MA in public and organizational relations, the School prepares the next generation of communication and media practitioners and leaders. The School houses award-winning student programs that include WMSC 90.3 FMThe MontclarionHawk CommunicationsRed Hawk Sports NetworkNews Lab, and Hawk+, as well as the Center for Cooperative Media, which serves the public by working to grow and strengthen local journalism.

In addition to the Folio Awards, teams of SCM students won awards during the Spring 2022 semester from CableFax, PRSSA’s Bateman Competition, New Jersey Press Foundation and Intercollegiate Broadcasting System.