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This Month From Cliff-June 27, 2013

President’s Report

June 27, 2013

Cliff L. Wood

The OUTLOOK is Great!

Amidst dwindling enrollment, budget cuts and the talk of decline in America’s educational system, news is still bright at Rockland Community College.  RCC’s student newspaper, OUTLOOK, and its writers and editors have been honored by The Society of Professional Journalists and named “the best all-around non-daily student newspaper in the Northeast and New England.”  RCC’s OUTLOOK ranks high in a league with other top-winning newspapers from outstanding institutions, and community college newspapers hold their own among top four-year institutions. No other SUNY schools were named in any category.  Award winners were:


Best All-Around Non-daily Student Newspaper

First Place:  OUTLOOK, SUNY Rockland Community College

Second Place:  THE TORCH, Bergen Community College

Third Place:  THE MAINE CAMPUS, University of Maine


Best All-Around Daily Student Newspaper

First Place:  YALE DAILY NEWS, Yale University

Second Place:  THE DAILY PENNSYLVANIAN, University of Pennsylvania

Third Place:  THE DAILY ORANGE, Syracuse University

Marina Watts, Editor-In-Chief  Julie Devito, Production Manager

OUTLOOK editors who have worked so hard to make this a premier newspaper are Marina Watts, Editor-in-Chief; Suzanne Peguero, Managing Editor; Benedict Tagle, Sports Editor; Anuj Chokshi, Photo Editor; and Julie Devito, Production Manager.  The Faculty Sponsor of the OUTLOOK is Instructor of English, Robert Fuentes.  Kudos to this outstanding team that now competes with other regional winners at national competition in Anaheim, California, in August.  OUTLOOK’s competition in Anaheim will be the University of Georgia, James Madison University, Columbia College (in Chicago), University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Abilene Christian University, and other four-year institutions.

The mission statement of The Society of Professional Journalists, cited as being the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, includes the following as some of its goals:  to promote a flow of information (so that “the American people can be well-informed in order to make decisions regarding their lives and their local and national communities”), “to stimulate high standards and ethical behavior in the practice of journalism,” “to foster excellence among journalists,” “to inspire successive generations of talented individuals to become dedicated journalists,” “to encourage diversity in journalism,” “to encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.”  Its website identifies its members as working professional journalists, anchors, reporters, major newspaper publishers and editors, journalism educators, and journalism students.  Professor Fuentes says, “Annually, The Society of Professional Journalists sponsors the national Mark of Excellence Awards, which recognize the highest degree of accomplishment and skill in writing, editing, and all-around publication quality.”


Rockland Community College is so proud of OUTLOOK and of its staff and sponsor for their dedication and outstanding achievement.  We know that they will continue to represent RCC well in the California competition.