By Rene Vettese
CCC Journalism Program

Camden County College students won first and second place for web projects for two-year colleges in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest sponsored by the New Jersey Press Foundation.

Brooke Destra won first place and Danielle Gordon won second place for their projects in the 2018-19 contest. The students produced the projects for journalism class assignments and for publication on CCC Times, the online source for news produced by students for students at Camden County College. The projects combined text, photos and graphics to tell stories.

The New Jersey Press Foundation announced the awards in March and will present them to the students at its spring conference and awards ceremony on April 13.

Destra won first place for Meet Skylar Foster. In the project, Destra profiles Foster, a full-time student and employee who focuses on family, education, culture and career goals.


Destra said she has been working on developing her writing for quite some time, as journalism is something she hopes to pursue in the future.

“When I found out that I won, I was overjoyed to see my work being recognized and I’m grateful for that,” she said. “I’m proud of all of the work I put out and being able to represent the school is an added bonus.”

Destra’s project is at https://ccctimes.net/2018/11/13/meet-skylar-foster/.

Gordon won second place for Coulson Oswald: Thirteen times strong. In the project, Gordon chronicles Oswald’s journey in overcoming a medical diagnosis as a teenager that led to 13 surgeries and the loss of an eye.


Gordon said she felt very confident in her project, which told a unique story she felt many people may not have known. “I’m proud to have won this award not only for myself, but more so for Coulson,” she said. “She deserves this award more than I ever could. She told the story. I just put pen to paper.”

Gordon’s project is at https://ccctimes.net/2018/04/11/coulson-oswald-thirteen-times-strong/.

This is the fourth consecutive year that Camden County College students have won awards for web projects in the New Jersey College Newspaper Contest.

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