WSSU Students Win Awards from Black College Communication Association

February 25, 2014

Dr. Lona CobbThe News Argus, the student newspaper at Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) and its staff members have won 10 awards in recent national and state-wide competitions for student communications.

Chelsea Burwell, editor of The News Argus, earned first place for best online multimedia package for 2013 from the Black College Communication Association. The newspaper also won second place for the best information graphics or news/art illustration and DaYona McLean, won a third place award for her story "Bennett alums donate fund to honor WSSU professor's late mother."

In addition to the recognition earned in the national competition, the newspaper staff took home seven awards from the North Carolina College Media Association's competition.

The News Argus was included in Best of Show for small school newspapers and small school online news. In the writing categories, Maurika Smutherman took second place in news writing for an article "Voting Site" and McLean won third for "Not So Grand Opening." Burwell also took a third place award in opinion writing for "Where's the Argus."  Alexis Hall earned first place in page design and Irwin Clawson won honorable mention in the illustration, graphic and cartoon category

"I am extremely proud of the work done by our students and their commitment to the student newspaper," said Dr. Lona D. Cobb, professor in the mass communications department and News Argus faculty adviser.  "The entire Argus staff puts in a great deal of time outside the classroom, evenings and weekends. They practice new skills so they can become confident and competent in various media platforms."

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