WCC Student Journalists Dominate State Competition
Washtenaw Community College’s student newspaper, The Washtenaw Voice, was the most honored newspaper at the Michigan Community College Press Association’s Press Day in East Lansing April 4. It won 33 awards, including 12 first place honors.
Editor Brian Coburn won seven awards, including five firsts. Design editor Maggie Reuter also won seven awards, including three first place honors. And photo editor Chris Asadian won five awards, including three firsts. A total of 14 WCC students were honored, including seven staffers and seven contributors.
“It was humbling for our group to be showered with so many MCCPA awards, but hardly surprising,” Coburn said. “We hope that our readers believe that The Washtenaw Voice has, above all else, a staff of bright thinkers. There were so many things we did that seemed like great ideas to us, and it was nice to discover that these judges agreed.”
News professionals around the state served as judges, and had many good things to say about the paper.
“The Washtenaw Voice of Washtenaw CC is a clean, professional-looking broadsheet that showcases stories and art elements very well,” wrote one judge. “This is a college newspaper that has absolutely no look about it that says college paper. Professionally done, it clearly rose above the pack to claim first place.”
Voice Adviser Keith Gave has been to several annual awards meetings, but never saw a college dominate like WCC did this year.
“This is a stunning achievement by a group of talented and driven student journalists who have a passion for chasing great stories and bringing them to readers in ways that sometimes can change their campus community for the better,” Gave said. “That’s what good, responsible newspapers do best.
“I am immensely proud of a staff that has raised the bar awfully high for those who follow.”
Student newspapers from 14 Michigan community colleges competed in 31 categories. WCC’s winning journalists include:
- Brian Coburn: First, news story, feature story, personality profile, column/personal opinion, and serious column/commentary; third, in-depth series; honorable mention, staff editorial.
- Maggie Reuter: First, overall design, inside page layout, and student-created ad; second, inside page layout; third, info graphics and front-page design; honorable mention, inside page layout.
- Chris Asadian: First, feature photo, news photo, and sports feature photo; third, photo essay and sports news photo.
- Colin Fraser: First, in-depth series; third, in-depth news and in-depth series; honorable mention, hard news.
- Elizabeth Ross: First, in-depth series; honorable mention, in-depth news story.
- Kaylee Lentz: First, in-depth series.
- Jason Beckerleg: First, overall design; third, front-page design; and honorable mention, line or graphic illustration.
- Jamie Killen: Third, feature story; honorable mention, in-depth series.
- Rachelle Malaney: Third, student-created ad.
- Victor Artiles: Third, editorial cartoon.
- Liz Jelinek: Third, personality profile.
- The Washtenaw Voice staff: Third, general excellence.
- Matthew Hodges: Honorable mention, critical review and in-depth series.
- Addie Shrodes: Honorable mention, feature story.
- Julie Mattera: Honorable mention, sports feature.