Awards and Prizes

 

Journalism Program students compete for two prizes given each year for distinguished and outstanding writing. Faculty members in the program select the winners, who receive small cash awards and are recognized on the Program website and at the Spring Recognition Ceremony. 

Awards are excellent to list on resumes, and competitive writing is an excellent way to improve skills. All students are encouraged to fill out the applications below and submit their work via e-mail to Program Director Nancy Roberts. Only electronic submissions will be considered.

Schafer Award

The Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship recognizes the outstanding graduating senior in Journalism. (The student may have graduated at the end of the fall term or be scheduled to graduate in the May ceremony.) An honorarium attached to the Award varies yearly, but is usually a few hundred dollars.
Schafer Award application  (deadline is March 23, 2018)

Rowley Award

The William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing is open to any student, regardless of major or minor, first year through senior year, for one piece of journalistic writing. The honorarium varies yearly, but is usually $100.
Rowley Award application (deadline is March 23, 2018)

 

Recent winners

2018
Shafer Award: No award
Rowley Award: Senior Claudie Joaissant was awarded the 2018 William E. Rowley Award for Journalism for her thought-provoking piece about colorism's impact on race and gender.
  HM: Brian Minutolo earned an honorable mention for his story on the ethical challenges in sports journalism. It features an incisive interview with a veteran journalist, Chris Vivlamore of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. No award was made for the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Award for Journalism.

2017
Schafer Award: Stefan S. Lembo-Stolba
Rowley Award: Stefan S. Lembo-Stolba for a series of investigative stories on UAlbany's EOP Program, and HM: Robert Lepelstat for "Too Late To Turn Back?" (audio link)

2016

Schafer Award: Nick Muscavage
Rowley Award: Nick Muscavage and Connor Murphy for “A Closer Look at Our School’s Largest Donor” and HM: Ashlee Madura for “Why Women Fear the “F” Word”
Journalism Faculty Award for Outstanding Student Contribution: Kassandra Parisi and Madeline St. Amour

2015
Schafer Award: Kyle Plaske
Rowley Award: Amanda Cubello; HM: Peter Hooley

2017 Journalism Prize

The 2017 winner  -- and that is definitely singular -- was clear almost from the start. Stefan Lembo-Stolba had an exceptional year editing the Albany Student Press, pushing there for more investigative reporting and strong writing and penning himself an examination of the university's EOP program. Lembo-Stolba took the two top prizes handed out by the Program and was invited to be the 2017 student Commencement speaker.
-- Rosemary Armao, for the Journalism Program Faculty


   

Stefan S. Lembo-Stolba

2017 winner of the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship
2017 winner of the William E. Rowley
Award for Journalism
Robert Lepelstat
2017 Honorable Mention for the William E. Rowley Award for Journalism


2016 Journalism Prizes

The entries this year were exceptionally strong and compelling. The judges were unanimous in how difficult it was to choose winners this year. This should make the winners feel exceptionally proud of their accomplishments and all of us proud of our program. Congratulations and much appreciation to the following winners and to all the contestants.
-- Rosemary Armao, Journalism Program Director, for the Journalism Program Faculty


Nicholas G. Muscavage
2016 winner of the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Connor Murphy
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Ashlee Madura
2016 Honorable Mention for the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing


Kassandra Parisi
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award


Madeline St. Amour
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award


Francesca McGuire
Journalism Program speaker
UAlbany 2016 Outstanding Senior Award & Ada Craig Walker Award

Nicholas G. Muscavage
2016 winner of the Ronald R. Schafer Memorial Fund Scholarship
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Connor Murphy
2016 co-winner of the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Ashlee Madura
2016 Honorable Mention for the William E. Rowley Award for Journalistic Writing

Kassandra Parisi
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award

Madeline St. Amour
2016 co-winner of the Faculty Award

Francesca McGuire
Journalism Program speaker
UAlbany 2016 Outstanding Senior Award & Ada Craig Walker Award