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The Delphian Wins Four Awards From PCLI

Updated: Aug 31, 2021

Maria Giovanna Jumper 21' poses with two PCLI awards

By The Delphian Staff

When the Press Club of Long Island (PCLI) honored hundreds of top journalists on Long Island in June, The Delphian staff was among them, receiving four awards in the student newspaper contest. Maria Giovanna Jumper ‘21, editor-in-chief of The Delphian from 2020-2021, was named Best College Newspaper Reporter. The Delphian also took third place in the Best College Newspaper category. It is the tenth year in a row that Adelphi’s student newspaper has placed in this category.

In addition, Giovanna Jumper won second place in the new Coronavirus Reporting category for her coverage of Adelphi, including "An Off-Campus Party Leaves Several Students Dealing with Covid Despite University Warnings," and Jacqueline Smiley ‘21 won third place in the new Race & Diversity category for her article "Drive-in for Black Lives: A Student Organized Movement for Action."

Faculty advisor Liza N. Burby won two second-place awards as well, for articles that appeared in Newsday and in Stony Brook University's alumni magazine.

The winners were announced in June via social media. Unlike in past years, due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event was not held live. Instead, awards were mailed directly to the journalists.

The PCLI is a local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. They have many services that can benefit students, including ongoing training and monthly events that focus on advocacy and education about the communications industry. Learn more at

PHOTO CAPTION: Maria Giovanna Jumper ‘21 poses with her two PCLI awards.

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