The Commuter won 11 awards this week, including five first places, in the two-year college division of the 2021 Student Keystone Media Awards Contest sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

This was the biggest awards haul in the history of NCC’s student news organization.

Editor in Chief Chris Devlin was personally responsible for 10 of the awards, including first place in Ongoing News Coverage, General News, Podcast, Personality Profile, and Cartoon/Graphic Illustration..

Devlin took second in Diversity, Photo Story, and Public Service/ Enterprise Package.

Marangely Fernandez won honorable mention in Columns while Devlin collected honorable mentions in Feature Story and Review.

“This achievement is doubly impressive given the circumstances,” Commuter adviser Rob Hays said. “Chris and his staff worked tirelessly under the constraints imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic to provide quality journalism for the Northampton community.”

Due to ongoing concerns with the pandemic, there are no plans for an in-person awards event in 2021. A PNA video celebrating the winners will be available in the spring.

Rob Hays is NCC professor of journalism, coordinator of Journalism, Media & Professional Writing, Commuter adviser, and serves on Faculty Senate. He is a Pittsburgh native and Penn State graduate who spent 26 years as a newspaper reporter, columnist and editor, including as features editor at The Express-Times in Easton. He joined NCC in 2000.

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