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This year, the UMD Statesman student newspaper has won top awards at two major journalism conferences.
At the Annual Minnesota Newspaper Association Convention from Jan. 27-28, the Statesman was awarded two honors: second in General Excellence of all newspapers and second in use of photography as a whole. The Statesman came second to the Minnesota Daily, the Twin Cities campus newspaper, in general excellence.
At the annual Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest convention from Feb. 11-13, the Statesman was awarded the top honor of Best in Show for a weekly broadsheet newspaper.
Statesman Sports Editor Brian Michaud submitted an editorial for judging and won second place in the commentary division for his piece about Coach Joe Ehrmann entitled, “What it Takes to be a Man.”
“The Best of the Midwest convention was a great moment for the Statesman, and it demonstrates our talent overall,” said Manda Lillie, editor-in-chief. “It also shows what we’ve been able to apply from our studies in the Journalism Department. The faculty has been a huge asset to our education.”
Last year, the Statesman also submitted materials to the Best of the Midwest convention and won first place in single page design for the Jan. 27 issue and third place for best editorial/commentary for former Editor-in-Chief David Cowardin’s editorial on the 300-foot rule.
“The interesting thing about last year is that we submitted papers and articles last minute and still ended up winning,” Cowardin said. “That shows what great work we do overall.”
While at the Best of the Midwest conference, the Statesman staff attended various lectures and was also offered feedback on their work.
“We hope to utilize what we learned and apply it to create a paper that we are proud of and that students are proud to say is their university paper,” Lillie said. “We not only walked away with awards, but with ideas and possibilities for our future.”
Written by Mandee Kuglin
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