University Chronicle writers brought home seven awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in January, including four first place honors.
“The fact that the University Chronicle won seven awards really demonstrates the paper’s commitment to quality and dedication,” said Jeremiah Graves, editor in chief of St. Cloud State’s student-run newspaper.
Winning awards were:
- Joshua Levine – first place, Public Affairs Reporting
- Vicki Ikeogu – second place, Social Issues
- Jeremiah Graves – first place, Sports Story
- Motoki Nakatani – first place, News Photo
- Motoki Nakatani – first place, Sports Photo
- Gustin Schumacher – second place, News Photo
- University Chronicle – third place, General Excellence
Graves earned first place for his sports story about Gina Carlson ’14 who broke the barrier of women in sports broadcasting by calling play-by-play for men’s hockey games as a student. Carlson now works for Major League Baseball as a real-time correspondent, finding content for social media use during games at Target Field in Minneapolis.
“It was a cool feeling seeing your article above the others with the label first place,” he said. “It was an honor to see the hard work my mentors put into me had paid off.”
The success of University Chronicle writers aids the reputation of this student organization, Graves said.
More than 5,000 entries were submitted from college and professional publications. St. Cloud State was one of seven colleges and universities to take home awards.
Award recipients were notified they had won in December, but did not know what place they earned or what article was chosen for the honors until Jan. 29 at the annual MNA convention and trade show in Bloomington.
“We found out when we walked into the contest,” Graves said. “That was really suspenseful. They have displays for both college and professional entries, which showed the winners in their respective categories.”