WSSU Student Newspaper Wins BCCA Awards
“Through BCCA’s annual Excellence in Journalism competition our students are able to compete against peer institutions and to be judged by notable journalists from across the country,” said Dr. Lona Cobb, journalism professor and adviser to The News Argus. “Participation in the contest also encourages the newspaper staff to strive to be the best and when we win awards, staff members are in recognition of that effort.”
Brandon Coley, online producer and graphics editor, and Jaye Cole, copy desk chief, won first place for best informational graphic or news illustration for the 2010 Homecoming issue. Other first place awards went to Coley for best editorial cartoon and for the best online audio, story which was a question and answer session with Chancellor Donald J. Reaves by Jordan Howse, editor-in-chief, and Coley.
Natalie Davis, assistant editor, won a second place for best spot news story. The newspaper also received third place awards for editorial/opinion section, online site and news series, investigation or in-depth story.
The awards were presented Feb. 12 at the 13th Annual HBCU National Student News Media Conference in Columbia, S.C. The event was sponsored by the BCCA, a non-profit organization established through a grant from the Freedom Forum that works to strengthen communications programs at HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities). Judges included representatives from the Associated Press, the Chicago Tribune, The McClatchy Company and the New York Times.
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