Congratulations are in order for one of my radio room colleagues, who scooped up two awards and two certificates of merit in a Columbia University sponsored competition for student journalists.
Joana Draghici, (right) who's been working in the Box since September, won second place in the news feature category of the Collegiate Circle awards for "Canada welcomes Obama", a piece she wrote last year for Humber College's Et Cetera newspaper. The story contrasted the U.S. president's inaugural Canadian visit with the student union president's trip to Ottawa to catch a glimpse of Mr. Change.
Joana's certificates of merit came for a story on HIV drugs for the Daily Planet and for "Victory is Bittersweet", a piece about a group of Humber students that held an historic 10-minute conversation with the International Space Station, only to discover their program would be suspended for budgetary reasons.
The awards are handed out by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which also honoured Et Cetera's website with a general award of excellence dubbed a "silver crown". Several other Et Cetera and Daily Planet writers also picked up some hardware for feature and editorial writing, page design and podcasting.
The CSPA gave out the awards in March but, testament to Joana's modesty, we only found out about them this week when the Mississauga News profiled her.
But if she thought she could avoid us highlighting her honours (or at least buying her a celebratory beer), she was wrong. So join me in giving kudos to Joana and the others in Humber's journalism program who cleaned up at the awards.
Adrian Morrow is a veteran of the Star's radio room. He worked as a Star summer reporter last year. This summer he will work at the Globe and Mail. firstname.lastname@example.org