Summer/Fall 2009 Issue

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Available now on Newstands all over Columbia and Montour Counties, Pennsylvania. Click on cover for Behind the Lines and teasers for this issue!

Featured in the Summer/Fall 2009 Issue:

Change in Fortunes

A closer look at the recycling industry during the recession.

Bogus Bucks

Counterfeiting is on the rise in the recession with more than $64 million in fake cash circulating in 2008. Click on teaser for answer to bonus counterfeit money question from article.

Uncovering a Lost Heritage

Two sisters retrace their family’s history to the Carlisle Indian School after years of being unaware of the Native American heritage.

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Welcome to Spectrum Magazine

Spectrum Magazine was established in 1987 by the Program in Journalism of the Department of Mass Communications and the students of Bloomsburg University. Spectrum, published twice a year, includes issues and events relevant to residents in Columbia and Montour counties.

Spectrum is produced using advertising and circulation funds as its primary source of revenue.

Spectrum is only the fourth college magazine ever inducted in the Associated Collegiate Press National Hall of Fame. Spectrum has also received many other prestigious awards, including being named All-American magazine 14 years in a row. Other awards include several gold medalist honors from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, first place nationally six times from the American Scholastic Press Association, and eight first place awards in the Market of Excellence contest sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists. It is also the only collegiate magazine awarded the Certificate of Merit by the American Bar Association.

Our Magazine is published for the people of Columbia and Montour counties.


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Our recent interview with WHLM

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Recent awards

It's unusual for any reporter to win several awards in one year. But it is extremely rare when a "cub" reporter gets state and national honors. Danielle, Lynch, Spectrum's executive editor in 2006-2007, in her first year as a reporter for the Daily Local News (West Chester, Pa.) received several honors.

For the four-part poverty series ("Hidden Needs: Facing Poverty in an Affluent County") that ran in December 2007, she was honored with:
First Place best example of public service by a newspaper, from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors; First Place, Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; Third Place, Philadelphia Press Association; Honorable Mention, Suburban Newspapers of America.

For the three-part special-needs series ("Special Children, Special Needs") that ran in September 2008, she was honored with:

Grand Award and first place for public service, Philadelphia Press Association; First Place, Philadelphia chapter, Society of Professional Journalists; First Place, Pennsylvania Press Club; First Place, National Federation of Press Women.

Danielle wasn't the only "Spectrumite" to receive honors. The Pennsylvania Press Club also honored several student staff last year:
Megan Angstadt received First Place in news investigation for "Behind Closed Cages," which appeared in the Spring 2009 issue. (Megan, managing editor when she wrote the story, is now Spectrum's executive editor and a graduate student in instructional technology at Bloomsburg University.)

Chris Fetterman received second place in features for "End of an Era," which appeared in the Summer 2008 issue. (Chris, managing editor when he wrote the story, is now TBA]]--)

Kelly MacMath received third place in features for "Uncovering a Lost Heritage," which appeared in the Summer 2009 issue. (Kelly, executive editor when she wrote the story, is now a reporter-researcher with the magazine division of McGraw-Hill, New York City.)

Spectrum Magazine is one of only five college magazines to have been inducted in the national collegiate Hall of Fame, sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press at the University of Minnesota. During the past year, it continued its 20 year streak as an all-American award winner, and was gold medalist winner in competition sponsored by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and First Place winner in American Scholastic Press Association competition.

Editor-in-chief is Walter Brasch, professor of journalism.

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