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Integrator Simply Perfect In National Student Newspaper Competition
The Clarkson Integrator has been named Most Outstanding College Newspaper in the American Scholastic Press Association’s 1997-98 annual review and contest.
Clarkson University’s official student newspaper scored 1,000 total points— a perfect score—in the competition, earning a First Place with Special Merit award in the process.
“The varied types of articles presented have successfully captured the essence of ‘newspaper’ reporting,” said one of the judges in a letter to the staff. “Your newspaper is a pleasure to read. The Clarkson Integrator is one of the best overall newspapers we received this year. My congratulations go to all of those responsible for the quality of this scholastic publication.”
More than 1,000 college newspapers, yearbooks and magazines entered the competition. First-place awards were given to publications that scored 900 points out of a possible 1,000 and deemed outstanding overall in format, content and presentation.
“It’s amazing to me that such a small newspaper with small funding and a volunteer staff can put out a high quality paper that’s recognized nationally,” said Sephir Hamilton, editor in chief of the Integrator. “Last year’s editor-in-chief, Dave King, did a really good job of getting the staff together and not letting us settle for ‘just good enough’, and it’s really paid off. We’re only taking steps forward now to improve the quality.”