Saint Michael's student newspaper The Defender was named by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors to Honorable Mention status with the award presented May 3, 2012 at the Dedham, MA campus of Northeastern University.
The top college newspaper award went to The Quinnipiac Chronicle with Runners-up awards going to: The Brandeis Hoot, The Harvard Crimson, UConn's The Daily Campus, and The Defender (Saint Michael's College).
The Defender is a 24-page print and on-line publication, regularly filled with investigative news stories about campus issues, as well as features about college excitement, and a range of opinion pieces. Photography adorns every print page, and photo galleries and videos appear consistently in the on-line version of the paper.
According to their mission statement, The Defender editorial staff strives to accurately, professionally and ethically report the news affecting the Saint Michael's community and its surrounding area. Adapting to the ever-changing state of journalism, The Defender is dedicated to creative storytelling through the use of multimedia elements including photography, audio, and video.
Defender editors for 2012 Kendra Gravelle of Moultonborough, NH and Bethany Prendergast of Sandwich, MA received the award at the New England Society of Newspaper Editors ceremony May 3. The award also covered the fall semester, so it is recognition as well of the work of then-editors Kelley Bureau of Claremont, NH and Jordan Kilty of Massena, NY.
Faculty advisers in 2012 to the paper were Kevin Kelley and Jerry Swope of the Department of Media Studies, Journalism, and Digital Arts.
Saint Michael's graduates work in top journalism jobs
Proof of the excellence of the Journalism program lies in the work its graduates do. Most recently Liz Murray '13 became a full-time news reporter at The Burlington Free Press, and Tyler Machado '11 has been Digital Media Manager for Seven Days for two years. These two join numerous Journalism program grads, including Jonah Kessel '06, Pulitzer-winner who does extensive video work for The New York Times; Tom Bowman '77, military correspondent for National Public Radio, Tim Arango '96, Iraq bureau chief for The New York Times; Jeffrey Good '81, Pulitzer winner, former long-time editor of The Valley News and current news editor of Seven Days, among a long list of grads in journalism.