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SoCJ wins Folio Awards for student journalism

Keating Zelenke

Keating ZelenkeTwo pieces of student reporting won Folio Awards from Long Island’s Fair Media Council. 

Maya Brown, who graduated in 2022, won the Sean A. Fanelli Folio for Education News – Student award for her senior capstone reporting project, “A Few Miles Away, But Two Worlds Apart.”

Keating Zelenke, who graduated in May, won the Feature – Student award for her piece, “The Romance of Wooden Boats.”

“Throughout their time at Stony Brook, and now as they launch their careers, Keating and Maya have distinguished themselves as intrepid reporters who find and share stories that are interesting, engaging and important,” said Laura Lindenfeld, dean of the School of Communication and Journalism and executive director of the Alda Center for Communicating Science. “I’m impressed and proud of both of them.”

Maya BrownThe Folio Awards are the latest mark to distinguish the quality of the School of Communication and Journalism programs. In recent years, classroom-based student reporting projects have won a national Murrow Award and many Hearst Awards. Through internships with WSHU, an NPR affiliate station, students have contributed to work that has been nominated for a Peabody Award.

“To be recognized by the Fair Media Council is a great honor and testament to the great reporting work by our students,” said instructor George Giokas, who submitted the students’ work to the Council.

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