Broadalbin Perth High School graduate wins journalism award

Kaitlyn Tambasco poses with her first-place award for a story she did on segregation between groups at her college for the college’s student newspaper, Utica College Tangerine. (Photo submitted)

FORT JOHNSON — Kaitlyn Tambasco, a 2016 graduate of Broadalbin Perth High School, won a Syracuse Press Club award for a story published in the Utica College Tangerine, the college’s student newspaper.

Her story, which won first place in the college print news category, made effective use of photos and storytelling to display the segregation between groups of students in the Utica College Dining Commons.

She was honored at the SPC’s annual awards ceremony May 5 at the Genesee Grande Hotel in Syracuse. Program host Molly Matott said there were more than 300 entries from professional and student journalists.

“There were a number of good stories which made judging a challenge,” Matott said. “Tambasco’s story emerged as the winner in part because it provided an in-depth look at photos posted by students to make a point of how white and black students usually eat with friends of the same race and how it provided an impetus for a campus-wide discussion on race.”

Tambasco, the daughter of Gary and Jennifer Tambasco of Fort Johnson, majors in communications and media and criminal justice at Utica College. She is involved in several campus organizations and will be The Tangerine’s assistant news editor in the fall.