Matthew Leung, a Vassar senior, is nominated for a Webby Award—"the Internet’s highest honor."

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—Matthew Leung, a senior at Vassar has been nominated for a 2009 Webby Award for the online video, "Financial Anxiety on Campus," which he produced as a intern in fall 2008. Called the "Internet's highest honor" by the New York Times, the Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Leung’s video was one of three from CNN nominated for a Webby.

"I love interviewing people and telling their stories" said Leung. "So I pitched an idea to Caleb Silver, executive producer of video at and my supervisor, to produce a video about the reactions of a college community to the financial crisis."

Receiving immediate approval for his idea, Leung interviewed a variety of Vassar students, faculty, and staff for the video in the fall. Leung noted that, "I’m so appreciative that Caleb was open to my idea and feel very lucky to be part of the caring and supportive team at"

Leung chose not to use a more traditional news format of providing an introduction and interpretation in the video, but instead let his interviewees speak for themselves. The result (posted online at, November 26, 2008) was a news clip that feels more authentic than many conventional videos. [See]

"Webby nominees set the standard for innovation and creativity on the Internet," said David-Michel Davies, executive director of the Webby Awards. "It is an incredible achievement to be selected among the best from the nearly 10,000 entries we received this year."

Nominees in each category are eligible for two awards—a People's Voice Award, which is publicly determined, and the Webby Awards, whose winners are determined by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Votes for the People's Voice Award are being accepted until April 30 and will be announced on May 5. During the Webby Film and Video Awards Ceremony on June 9, the winners of the Webby Awards in each category will be announced (

Supporters can now vote for Leung’s video (in the People’s Voice Award category) by registering at, clicking on "Online Film & Video," and then, from the list of categories, click on "student" and select "Financial Anxiety on Campus."


This March Matthew Leung was named CNN Scholar for his journalistic accomplishments. In 2008 he was the recipient of the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Leroy F. Aarons Scholarship Award, a $5,000 prize, for his work as the technology columnist of the Vassar student newspaper the Miscellany News, and the founder/editor-in-chief of the campus LGBTQ magazine Outlet.

Leung produced the Webby-nominated feature "Financial Anxiety on Campus" while interning at as part of Vassar's academic Field Work program, through which students examine how theories of a particular discipline interact with practical experience. He is currently a freelance journalist at, the online home for Fortune and Money magazines as well as CNN’s business news.

A senior philosophy and Chinese double major, Leung has engaged in journalism since middle school, when he founded a technology newspaper, and plans to pursue a broadcast and online journalism career. He is currently the host of The Technology Beat (, a talk show on Vassar's radio station WVKR (91.3FM).

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Monday, April 27, 2009