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Daily Sundial Students Receive Awards for their Impeccable Journalism Skills

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Carmen Ramos Chandler carmen.chandler@csun.edu (818) 677-2130

(NORTHRIDGE, Calif., Jul. 26th, 2012) ―

California State University, Northridge’s student newspaper, The Daily Sundial, has done it again. The award-winning paper last month received two first-place awards at the annual Los Angeles Press Club banquet.

The Sundial received a first place award for photography by Andrew Lopez. The Sundial’s website also took first place.

Judges referred to the website as having “a clean, simple design that leads to original content” and noted that CSUN students are “very well served by the pertinent hyper-local news the Sundial is providing in this website.”

Of Lopez’s work, one judge said his “shot of protesters facing off against police perfectly captures the anguish and anger of students over tuition increases.”

CSUN journalism professor Melissa Lalum, publisher of the Sundial, said receiving these awards is a high honor.

“We go up against really excellent schools throughout the country and state,” she said. “So, to be honored confirms we’re doing good work and training our students well. I’m proud of our students’ online-first mentality in their approach to news. They are very deserving of these awards, and the judges’ comments say it all.”

What really sets the Sundial students apart, said Lalum, is that “they are really great at balancing life. They are extremely hard-working students who come from a variety of backgrounds. Most of them are going to school full time, working at the Sundial and working on jobs outside of school. I’m always impressed with their level of commitment to their major.

“They also have one of the hardest jobs as students on campus,” she said. “Their learning process is very public. Whereas a lot of people never experience that—and at times it can be very joyful, and it can be painful; this would count as one of those joyful moments.”



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