The Equinox wins collegiate journalism awards

The New Jersey Collegiate Press Association announced on March 24 that The Equinox, the student newspaper of Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Metropolitan Campus, has won two awards in its 2015 journalism competition — first place in Enterprise/Investigative Journalism for “NEC Money Wars,” by Angela Calvo, and third place in Layout and Design for the front page layouts of Issue VII and Issue VIII, designed by Gerald Parson.

Competing against other New Jersey colleges and universities including Rutgers, Seton Hall and Rider, FDU brought home its first journalism awards in more than 10 years.


equinoxRight: The winning front page of The Equinox’s Issue VII.


“I’m proud to be a part of a paper that won statewide awards,” said Amanda Silvestri, executive editor of The Equinox. “It pretty much shows that this is what journalism is, the controversial stuff that gets people talking.”

Calvo wrote the winning investigative story on a children’s cancer charity that is the beneficiary of the Northeast Conference’s (NEC) “Money Wars” program in which student athletes at participating NEC schools, including FDU, raise money and donate their time and effort. Calvo reported that the charity chosen by the NEC is ranked among the worst in the nation in delivering actual benefits to the children it claims to serve. The story came on a tip from a communications department adjunct professor, Andrew Zweben.

“It’s an honor,” Calvo said. “I never thought I’d get recognized for my writing so early, especially as a college student.”

Design Editor Gerald Parson won third place for two of his front-page layouts. “This award has been a great honor,” Parson said. “I would not have achieved it without the support of Dr. Battistoli and my fellow staff at The Equinox. I could not ask for a better team.”

Bruno Battistoli, an assistant professor of journalism, is in his second year as academic advisor to “The Equinox.”

“This award is a tribute to the hard work of the staff of The Equinox, and is testimony to the effectiveness of the new journalism curriculum,” Battistoli said. “We hope this is the first of many such awards for journalism excellence, achieved while serving the FDU community as a source for important information, and as a vital public forum.”