Local students awarded with journalism scholarships


Before writing the next chapters of their academic and journalistic careers, some young journalists won another honor to add to their resumes.

Three student journalists receive scholarships from the Times Review Media Group. The students represent the three high schools in Southold Town.

Joseph Kneuer from Southold High School, Jada Marine from Mattituck High School and Liam Rue from Greenport High School were selected. All three are seniors.

Joseph has written for the Southold school newspaper, The Sentinel, since he was in second grade and he was its editor that year. He said he is most proud of an article he wrote on registering to vote. “Few students were registered to vote and I thought it was important to take on some civic responsibility,” he wrote.

Joseph said he hopes to write for a school publication when he attends Boston College.

Jada said that her involvement with Mattituck’s school journal, The Mattitalk, “not only strengthened essential skills, such as time management, leadership and collaboration, but also broadened my own perspective as a writer and person. Reading articles from so many different students with their own writing styles has undoubtedly exposed me to so many new ideas and required me to take a fresh look at many different positions that I had before. .

Jada said the journalistic article she was most proud of was her article, “Living with Autism,” about growing up with her autistic brother. She plans to attend the Collegiate Times at Virginia Tech, where she will be a biological sciences student.

Liam was the editor of Greenport newspaper The Quill, which launched its website on November 6, 2020, at a time when many students were working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. While writing for The Quill, Liam said he looked into a variety of areas ranging from political issues such as immigration, policing, affordable housing and gun control to music and the satire. What stands out in his mind is a 2019 article he wrote on a Greenport School Modernization Bond proposal. Calling it the first “full journalism job” he had done with interviews with teachers, students and the superintendent at the time, Liam said he came across a “revelation.” An anonymous teacher told him that many of the physical improvements and the new AP classes were superficial.

Liam will be studying political science and linguistics at the University of Massachusetts.

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