Saturday, January 07, 2006
USI student wins Hoosier State Press Association award
The work of Adrian Stoica, a junior journalism and French major, was recognized at the 39th Annual Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Newsroom Seminar and Better Newspaper Contest Awards Luncheon in December 2005.
The son of Dr. John Stoica of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and Sonja Williams of Evansville, Stoica is a correspondent for the Mount Vernon Democrat. He won the award, along with editor Beth Foster, for best news coverage with no deadline pressure in the non-daily two division.
The award-winning story, "Winter Blast," concerned the record snowfall in December 2004.
“We talked to kids out playing in the snow, and after the state of emergency was declared, we interviewed people on the roads and city officials, to find out how they were dealing with it,” Stoica said. “It was well-rounded coverage.”
HSPA judges wrote, "This entry best exemplifies the "Team" facet of this category, with this pair of reporters mining multiple sources and stepping well out into the community to cover this story of triumph and challenge during what was certainly a Christmas. Using humor to launch their story set the tone of rising to the challenge that these stories conveyed."
The Mount Vernon Democrat was the Blue Ribbon non-daily winner, and Foster also won first place for best feature section or page(s), and third for best newspaper design.
Stoica spent spring 2005 studying abroad at the University of Caen in Normandy, France, and went back to work at the Democrat when he returned.
He will serve as news editor for The Shield this semester.