Ithaca College Student Newspaper Named Best in Country

 ITHACA, NY — “The Ithacan,” the weekly student newspaper at Ithaca College, has been named the best non-daily student paper in the country for 2011 by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). The award will be presented at the organization’s national convention in September in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

The SPJ’s Mark of Excellence Awards annually recognize the best in collegiate journalism. The criteria for judging overall excellence include accuracy and completeness; enterprise and ingenuity; adherence to high journalistic standards; significance and effectiveness; clarity, insight and respect for the audience; and creative use of the medium’s unique capabilities.

In addition to its weekly print edition covering news, arts, entertainment, culture and sports, “The Ithacan” produces daily online content as well as blogs, podcasts, audio slideshows and videos. The paper’s editor in chief for the spring of 2011 was Libby Sile ’11 and for the fall of 2011 was Aaron Edwards ’12.

This was just the latest honor this year for “The Ithacan.” The Columbia Scholastic Press Association awarded it two Gold Crown Awards, a Silver Crown Award and the Apple Award for Best in Show in its category. The New York Press Association named it the best college newspaper in New York State for 2011 along with first place for design and third place for editorial writing.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press.

For more information on the Mark of Excellence Awards, visit For more information on “The Ithacan,” visit or contact Michael Serino, student media advisor in the Roy H. Park School of Communications, at (607) 274-1036 or

Originally published in IC News: Ithaca College Student Newspaper Named Best in Country.