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Flagler student newspaper editor wins two Florida College Press Association awards for writing

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July 21, 2011

Cal Colgan, a spring graduate of Flagler college and former co-editor of the college's online student newspaper, recently won two awards in the Florida College Press Association's 2009 Better Newspaper Contest. Colgan won second place in the Best News Piece category for a piece published in The Gargoyle about homelessness.

The piece titled "Homeless count finds lackluster living conditions" ran in February 2011 and focused on the living conditions of the homeless in St. Augustine.

"The plight of the poor and working people has long been a concern for me. For the past three years, I have focused my attention on homeless issues," he said. "Homeless people have little help of escaping their unfortunate situation."

Colgan also won third place in the Best Feature Story category for a piece entitled "Former Flagler student talks about Marine life in Afghanistan." It ran in The Gargoyle in December 2010.

"I knew Zack Thomas Paull when he attended Flagler, and his story stood out to me as a testament to how close the U.S. government's wars come to home," he said. "It is important to note that soldiers like Zack are people thrust into extraordinary and hazardous situations. And often, these soldiers are former classmates, friends, or loved ones."

In 2010, Colgan attended an eight-week summer program at Georgetown University called the Institute on Political Journalism. The program prepares college students for a career in political journalism by setting them up with a journalism internship and offering classes related to applying journalism skills to the real world.

Colgan's interned as a research assistant for a New York Times investigative reporter, as well as with CapitalWirePR. He also won awards this past year from the Society of Professional Journalists and College Media Advisers.