Former Spectrum editor in chief wins national award

Matthew Parrino takes third in ACP Sports Story of the year

On November 6, 2012

On Sunday, during the fall College Media Association convention in Chicago, Ill., the Associated College Press (ACP) recognized 2011-12 Spectrum Editor in Chief Matthew Parrino as one of the best student journalists in the nation.

Parrino's story - "The X-Files" - took third place in ACP's Sports Story of the Year contest.

"I'm truly honored and humbled by receiving this prestigious award," Parrino said in an email. "A lot of hard work went into last year at The Spectrum by a group of about 70 people, and it's recognitions like these that show all of us how meaningful and what an achievement all that work really was."

His article, written during the fall of 2011, told the story of UB basketball forward Xavier Ford (now a sophomore) and the challenges he faced trying to balance basketball and helping support his family in high school.

After countless interviews and a long writing process, Parrino told the story of how Ford pushed through long days that began with a paper route and ended with basketball practice and homework.

"I'm proud of the piece on Xavier Ford and I feel lucky to have been able to tell his story," Parrino said. "Xavier is a very kind and thoughtful young man who has gone through a lot to make something of his life and I'm proud to say he was one of my classmates and that he represents the University on and off the court."

Parrino's piece was one of 592 total entries for the Story of the Year contest, spanning through news, features, sports, editorial and diversity categories.

Parrino fondly remembers his time at the paper and hopes a bright future is in store for the publication.

"I wish more people really understood the power of a student newspaper and its importance at a big university such as UB," Parrino said. "People at every level of management and leadership at the school should always be held accountable and The Spectrum has now made a name for itself the past three years in doing just that.

"The future is so bright at The Spectrum and the opportunities at such a large and diverse university allow for us to continue telling the amazing stories of those within our small community."

Former Editorial Editor James Bowe was also recognized as an honorable mention for his editorial "Step Down, Sikander Khan," which implored former Student Association Treasurer Sikander Khan to vacate his position following a $300,000 scandal at the end of the spring 2012 semester.



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