The Pitt News wins 13 collegiate journalism awards

The Pitt News wins 13 collegiate journalism awards

By Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

Staff members at The Pitt News received thirteen awards in eleven different categories from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for print stories published between June 11, 2018 through June 10, 2019.

The competition, Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 2019 Gold Circle Awards, recognizes “superior” work in student journalism at schools nationwide and schools overseas that follow an American curriculum.

The winners are: 

News writing

2nd place

Jon Moss, Assistant news editor

“’Union Avoidance’ Firm Received $240k from Pitt”



1st place

Maggie Durwald, Assistant opinions editor 

“Pittsburgh will Heal”


Personal opinion: on-campus issue 

1st place

Cammy Morsberger, Staff columnist 

”Pitt Needs Needle Disposal Containers”


Personal opinion: off-campus issues 

1st place 

Jeremy Wang, former Assistant opinions editor

“Pittsburgh Gun Bills Fail Civil Rights and Safety”


Certificate of Merit 

Janine Faust, Editor-in-chief

 “State Should Step Up to Address Rising Tuition”


General or humor commentary

1st place

Allison Dantinne, Senior staff columnist 

“If These Walls Could Talk, They’d Scream”


Sports news

 2nd place

Trent Leonard, Sports editor 

“Penn State Pummels Pitt”


Personality profile

1st place 

Maya Best, former Culture reporter 

“Chloe Baierl | Knitting pretty”


3rd place 

Emily Wolfe, News editor

Pitt’s Peregrine Falcons | Flesh and Blood”


General feature

3rd place

Emily Wolfe, News editor 

“A day in the life of student canvassing”


Single feature photograph

2nd place

Anna Bongardino, former Visuals editor and Digital manager

 “Vermont Senator and Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders Held a Campaign Rally in Schenley Plaza Sunday evening”


Single sports photograph 

1st place

Bader Abdulmajeed, Senior staff photographer 

“Redshirt Freshman Micky Phillippi”


Newsmagazine cover

2nd place 

Eli Savage, Layout editor and Staff illustrator 

“Silhouettes 2019”