2014 ACP Photo Excellence Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press announces the finalists for its Photo Excellence awards. The contest honors student photographers in five categories: General News, Spot News, Feature, Sports and Environmental Portrait. Entries are judged based on technical quality, artistic value and journalistic content. They are as follows:

General News Picture


Spot News Picture


Feature Picture


Sports Picture


Environmental Portrait

Winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014. Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 ACP Story of the Year Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press announces the finalists for the Story of the Year Award. Entires in the contest consist of a single story in one of the following categories: News, Feature, Sports, Editorial and Diversity. The entries are judged based on the importance of the story, quality of the reporting and quotes, quality of writing and editing, and credibility and leadership. They are as follows:


News Story

Jessica Contrera
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Meagan Flynn
THINK, Drake Univ., Des Moines, Iowa

Michael DeMattia, Kate Jamison
Tulane Hullabaloo, Tulane Univ., New Orleans

Nicholas Fandos
Fifteen Minutes, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Mass.

Lisa Khoury
The Spectrum, State Univ. of New York at Buffalo (N.Y.)

Daniel Block, Anna Gonzales, Izzy Kornblatt
The Phoenix, Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, Pa.

Justin David Tate
The Et Cetera, Eastfield College, Mesquite, Texas

IJ Chan
The Breeze, James Madison Univ., Harrisonburg, Va.


Feature Story

Mariella Rudi
Currents, Pepperdine Univ., Malibu, Calif.

Matthew Swope
Pursuit, California Baptist Univ., Riverside, Calif.

Jacob Parker
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.

Wyatt Stayner
Flux, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

Erin Edinger-Turoff
The Temple News, Temple Univ., Philadelphia

Robert Reyes
The Daily Titan, California State Univ., Fullerton

Sarah Ferris
The GW Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

Emily Donovan
The University Daily Kansan, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Andy Lyons
Mule Skinner, Central Missouri State Univ., Warrensburg, Mo.

Christine Rushton
The Daily Evergreen, Washington State Univ., Pullman, Wash.


Sports Story

Brendan Bures
FSView & Florida Flambeau, Florida State Univ., Tallahassee, Fla.

Alec McQuade
The Signal, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta

Elliott Pratt
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.

Orlea Miller, Juliet Spies-Gans
The Harvard Crimson, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Mass.

Austin Tedesco
The Heights, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Andrew Wilson
The Pendulum, Elon (N.C.) Univ.


Editorial/Opinion

Eitan Arom
The Daily Bruin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles

Editorial Board of 2015
Yale Daily News, Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn.

Editorial Staff
Daily Barometer, Oregon State Univ., Corvallis, Ore.

Emerald Editorial Board
Emerald Media, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.

Tiffany Fitzpatrick
The Signal, Univ. of Houston, Clear Lake, Houston

Kelsey Davis
The Auburn Plainsman, Auburn (Ala.) Univ.

Michelle Kelly & Aaron Washington
The Skyline View, Skyline College, San Bruno, Calif.

Mustang News Editorial Board
Mustang Daily, California Polytechnic State Univ., San Luis Obispo

Samantha Halperin
Tulane Hullabaloo, Tulane Univ., New Orleans

Ike Fredregill
Wingspan, Laramie County CC, Cheyenne, Wyo.


Diversity

Abbey Crain, Matt Ford
The Crimson White, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Joyce Guo
Yale Daily News, Yale Univ., New Haven, Conn.

Samantha Schmidt
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana Univ., Bloomington

Emily Donovan
The University Daily Kansan, Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

Kenney Kost
The Collegian, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas

Lu Shen
The Daily Iowan, Univ. of Iowa, Iowa City

Victoria Baena
Fifteen Minutes, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Mass.

Eleanor Hildebrandt
The Heights, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Sarah Lehr
The Kenyon Collegian, Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio

Natalie Daher
The Pitt News, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh


Winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 ACP Cartooning Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press announces the finalists for its Cartooning awards. The contest has two categories: Editorial Cartoon and Cartoon Panel/Strip. Entries are judged based on reader impact, community importance, artistic quality, and the originality and clarity of the message.

Editorial Cartoon


Gregory Arena
The Daily Californian, Univ. of California, Berkeley



Sam Grinberg
The Daily Bruin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles



Katherine Richard
The Maroon, Loyola Univ., New Orleans



Maxwell Smith
Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis



Andrew Cox
The Appalachian, Appalachian State Univ., Boone, N.C.



Lorenzo Morotti
The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.



Leah Stasieluk
Iowa State Daily, Iowa State Univ., Ames



Brandon Hankins
The State News, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, Mich.



Victoria Courtney
The Journal, Webster Univ., St. Louis



Johnny Blevins
The Wichitan, Midwestern State Univ., Wichita Falls, Texas


Comic Panel/Strip


Sacha Irick
Graphic, Pepperdine Univ., Malibu, Calif.



Jessica Schoellerman
The Banner, California Baptist Univ., Riverside, Calif.



Connor Coughlin
The Sentinel, North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho



Erika Trent
The Tech, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge



Rahat Ahmed
The Mercury, Univ. of Texas at Dallas, Richardson



Jewelya Williams
The Bison, Harding Univ., Searcy, Ark.



William Miracle
The Signal, Georgia State Univ., Atlanta



Emerald Klauer
Ethos, Iowa State Univ., Ames



Andrew Cooke
The Daily Texan, Univ. of Texas, Austin



Asa Mease
The Pioneer, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.


Winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.
Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 ACP Reporter of the Year Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists for the Reporter of the Year award. They are as follows:


Four-year College Reporter

Brianna Gurciullo
The GW Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.

Jessica Contrera
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Ind.

Bobby Blanchard
The Daily Texan, Univ. of Texas, Austin, Texas


Two-year College Reporter

Lina Chanker
The Sun, Southwestern College, Chula Vista, Calif.

Brian Boyle
The Advocate, Contra Costa College, San Pablo, Calif.

Kenney Kost
The Collegian, Tarrant County College, Hurst, Texas


Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 ACP Advertising Award Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists for its advertising awards. They are as follows:


Display Ad


House Ad


Ad Campaign


Ad/Editorial Supplement


Brochure/Rate Card


Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, atcontests@studentpress.org.

2014 Multimedia Story of the Year Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce the finalists for Multimedia Story of the Year. They are as follows:


Multimedia News

 

Diane Tsai
The Medill Justice Project, Northwestern Univ., Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communication, Evanston, Ill.
http://vimeo.com/68756048#

Katie Mettler, Caitlin O’Hara, Missy Wilson
Indiana Daily Student, Indiana Univ., Bloomington, Ind.
http://www.idsdavidcamm.com

Bryna Godar, Marion Renault, Jeff Hargarten, Chelsea Gortmaker
Minnesota Daily, Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn.
http://www.mndailyprojects.com/assault#.U4-hJRBdXGU

Tim Tai, Crystal Duan
The Maneater, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
http://www.themaneater.com/special-sections/no-fun-all-joy/

The NewsHouse Staff
The NewsHouse, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, N.Y.
http://www.thenewshouse.com/panam103/groups/index.html

Anna Brooks, Allison Drinnan
The Calgary Journal, Mount Royal Univ., Calgary, Alberta
http://calgaryjournal.ca/index.php/news/2128-canada-s-supreme-court-ruling-on-sex-work-three-key-questions-about-the-top-court-ruling-on-prostitution

Lenny Christopher, Allie Caren
The NewsHouse, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, N.Y.
http://www.thenewshouse.com/story/345-seconds-super-bowl-spotlight

Charles Watson
Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple Univ., Philadelphia, Pa.
http://philadelphianeighborhoods.com/2014/04/23/germantown-tcrc-philly-making-wrongs-to-rights/

Alicia Keene, Abbie Arroyos, Evan Dixon, Ben Jarvis, Blake Silverthorn, J.B. Felipe
The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Texas
http://www.ttuhub.net/sga-and-the-hubttu-present-the-executive-candidate-forum-live/


Multimedia Feature

 

Daniel Roth
The Crimson White, Univ. of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, Ala.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFfBVI2GHoI

Staff
The GW Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
http://northwest.gwhatchet.com/#1

Zhenru Zhang
Ethos, Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa
http://ethosmagazine.org/2013/poetry-in-motion/

Julia Nagy
The State News, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, Mich.
http://statenews.com/page/wbb-superfan

Jack Howland, Tim Tai, Michael Cali, Cara McClain
The Maneater, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
http://www.themaneater.com/special-sections/his-name-is-shane/

Julia Nagy, Danyelle Morrow, Justin Wan
The State News, Michigan State Univ., East Lansing, Mich.
http://statenews.com/page/world-dwarf-games

Daniela Sirtori Cortina, Tim Tai, Jack Howland, Michael Cali, Kevin Mathien,
The Maneater, Univ. of Missouri, Columbia, Mo.
http://www.themaneater.com/special-sections/a-diverse-ability/

Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
Flux, Univ. of Oregon, Eugene, Ore.
http://www.fluxstories.com/2014/06/changing-tides-ocean-acidification-threatens-northwest-oyster-industry/

Abbie Arroyos, Evan Dixon, Alicia Keene
The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Texas
http://www.ttuhub.net/icymi-the-hubs-conversation-with-a-congressman/


Multimedia Sports

 

Michael Rosen
The Daily Californian, Univ. of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, Calif.
http://www.dailycal.org/2013/09/13/where-soul-meets-body/

Jonah Phillips, Kreable Young, Tyler Essary, Cameron Love
College Heights Herald, Western Kentucky Univ., Bowling Green, Ky.
http://wkuherald.com/app/projects/coachpowell/

Staff
The Daily Tar Heel, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
http://www.dailytarheel.com/multimedia/21924

The Temple News Staff
The Temple News, Temple Univ., Philadelphia, Pa.
chopboom.temple-news.com

The Double T Insider Production Team
The Hub@TTU, Texas Tech Univ., Lubbock, Texas
http://www.ttuhub.net/double-t-insider-episode-22-season-ii/

Sara Bell, Jordan Ratterman, Sean Webb
The Baker Orange, Baker Univ., Baldwin City,
http://www.thebakerorange.com/news/2014/mar/19/womens-basketball-advances-sweet-16/

Zachary Horner, Christine Williams
The Pendulum, Elon Univ., Elon,
http://www.elonpendulum.com/2014/02/get-sticks-ready-elon-womens-lacrosse-ready-competition/

Chris Voll
The Daily Orange, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, N.Y.
http://dailyorange.com/2014/01/the-buildup/

Jerrold Fernandes
The Appalachian, Appalachian State Univ., Boone, N.C.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Q1kPJmA4r8

Jesse Irwin, Sydney Harper
The Pitt News, Univ. of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pa.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PXwZnn6aAY&index=31&list=PL_kPHExzn0lfIpdYRFqhSREV-_Mp8gKDI


Photo Slideshow

 

Sophia Asmuth
The Pendulum, Elon Univ., Elon,
http://www.elonpendulum.com/2014/01/voices-elon-conor-kayak-jones-2/

Calgary Journal Staff
The Calgary Journal, Mount Royal Univ., Calgary, Alberta
http://www.calgaryjournal.ca/index.php/the-lens/patterns

Blaine Ohigashi
The Daily Bruin, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, Calif.
http://malawi.dailybruin.com/photos/revealing-voices/

James Astle, Jeff Collins
Ke Alaka’i, Brigham Young Univ. Hawaii, Laie, Hawaii
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAyUzPVY8eQ

Staff
The Daily Northwestern, Northwestern Univ., Evanston, Ill.
http://dailynorthwestern.com/2014/03/09/multimedia/30-hours-in-30-photos-the-best-of-dance-marathon-2014/

Zach Montellaro
The GW Hatchet, George Washington Univ., Washington, D.C.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seti9SOaq0w

Yue Wu
Ethos, Iowa State Univ., Ames, Iowa
http://ethosmagazine.org/2013/photo-gallery-womens-rugby/

Ziniu Chen
The NewsHouse, Syracuse Univ., Syracuse, N.Y.
http://www.thenewshouse.com/story/fight-night-syracuse

Linda Wilkins
The Baylor Lariat, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas
http://baylorlariat.com/2013/08/26/an-italian-fairytale/

Paula Ann Solis
The Baylor Lariat, Baylor Univ., Waco, Texas
http://baylorlariat.com/2013/12/17/music-and-memories/


Winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 ACP Magazine Pacemaker Finalists

The Associated Collegiate Press is pleased to announce finalists for the Magazine Pacemaker. They are:

Tusk
California State University, Fullerton

American River Review
American River College, Sacramento

Legend
San Diego City College

Cipher
Colorado College, Colorado Springs

The Aquarian
Jacksonville (Fla.) University

Miambiance
Miami Dade College, Kendall Campus

The Dulcimer
Mercer University, Macon, Ga.

Echo
Columbia College, Chicago

North by Northwestern
Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill.

Urban Plains
Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa

The Bridge
Bridgewater (Mass.) State University

Princeton Innovation
Princeton (N.J.) University

The Peel
Appalachian State University, Boone, N.C.

Rebel
East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C.

Ethos
University of Oregon, Eugene

Flux
University of Oregon, Eugene

Panorama
University of Texas Pan American, Edinburg, Texas


Winners will be announced at the Fall National College Media Convention on Nov. 1 in Philadelphia.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

2014 Newspaper Pacemaker Finalists announced

The ACP Newspaper Pacemaker has set the standard for contest general excellence in collegiate newspapers for 87 years.

View the 2014 list of Newspaper Pacemaker finalists. 

Judges select Pacemakers based on the following: coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership on the opinion page, evidence of in-depth reporting, design, photography, art and graphics:

  • Coverage and content: Were all aspects of student life covered? Was the use of wire/syndicated copy limited (especially on pg. 1)? Was there evidence of sound news judgment?
  • Quality of writing and reporting: Was the writing concise and the reporting thorough? Was writing free of opinion (with the exception of editorials or columns)? Was the copy edited for consistent style?
  • Leadership on the opinion page: Did staff editorials, cartoons and letters supplement personal columns? Did the staff demonstrate sensitivity to controversial topics? Was the content of the editorial page consequential?
  • Evidence of in-depth reporting: Did major stories show evidence of multiple sources? Are series or depth pieces prominent in entered issues?
  • Layout and design: Was the look of the paper clean and contemporary? Was a consistent modular page makeup used throughout the publication? Did designers establish a clear visual hierarchy for readers?
  • Photography, art and graphics: Did visuals enhance the verbal content and draw the reader in? Did visuals improve the reader’s understanding of the accompanying story? Were photos properly credited? Was the quality of photos and art technically excellent?

Winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention in Philadelphia on Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Questions? Contact Trevor Ivan, ACP contest and critique coordinator, at contests@studentpress.org.

Two great jobs at our Minneapolis headquarters for two exceptional people

NSPA, ACP and MHSPA serve student media and advisers, introduce new ideas and reinforce best practices, reward excellence, embrace diversity, and provide ample networking and partnership opportunities.

Members are student-directed news organizations and publications. NSPA, ACP and MHSPA sponsor conventions and recognize the work of student journalists through honors, competitions and critiques and other educational activities.

We have a small but mighty staff that is mission-driven, resilient and drives change. We are making big strides in a short time. It’s challenging, demanding work, but is also highly satisfying and a privilege. That said, we are considerate of work-life balance, staff development and promote a collegial office environment.

The students who direct and participate in news organizations and publications, their aspirations, training and success (and their advisers) mean the world to us.

The successful candidates will be meticulous, be steady under pressure, meet deadlines, have strong journalistic judgment and be solutions-oriented. Candidates should describe how they’ve successfully juggled simultaneous projects and tasks. Both jobs require domestic travel.

Both positions are full-time and exempt; the successful candidates will report to the executive director.

Our current contest and critiques coordinator is serving admirably but found his calling at this time is to reside and work in Ohio. He will orchestrate a successful transition for his successor and we look forward to his future contributions as a contest judge.

Diana Mitsu Klos
Executive Director
612-625-7359; Diana@studentpress.org

38 Journalism Groups Urge President to Stop Excessive Controls on Public Information

July 8, 2014 INDIANAPOLIS – Thirty-eight journalism and open government groups (including Associated Collegiate Press) today called on President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public.

The national organizations sent a letter to Obama today urging changes to policies that constrict information flow to the public, including prohibiting journalists from communicating with staff without going through public information offices, requiring government PIOs to vet interview questions and monitoring interviews between journalists and sources.

“The practices have become more and more pervasive throughout America, preventing information from getting to the public in an accurate and timely matter,” said David Cuillier, president of the Society of Professional Journalists. “The president pledged to be the most transparent in history. He can start by ending these practices now.”

The letter, which you can find at http://www.spj.org/news.asp?ref=1253, outlines other specific examples of the excessive information control, considered by some as a form of censorship:

  • Officials blocking reporters’ requests to talk to specific staff people;
  • Excessive delays in answering interview requests that stretch past reporters’ deadlines;
  • Officials conveying information “on background,” refusing to give reporters what should be public information unless they agree not to say who is speaking.
  • Federal agencies blackballing reporters who write critically of them.

Never before has such a broad-based coalition of journalism and good-governance organizations spoken out on this issue. The growing number of examples of “mediated access” have not just frustrated journalists but have led to specific cases of important information not reaching the public.

“Our members find that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency press staff routinely block them from getting needed information — even in a public health crisis, even when the agency is rolling out new regulations and it’s important to localize the story,” said Beth Parke, executive director of the Society of Environmental Journalists. “Anytime officials suppress information or downplay scientific findings, they are interfering with the public’s right to know. When reporters are ignored, and access is denied, news stories suffer and the public is cheated.”

In addition to the letter, the organizations provided the White House with resources on the issue and a list of obstruction examples. They asked the administration to set up an avenue through which such incidents can be reported.

SPJ and SEJ urge journalists to join them in fighting these trends in public and private entities at the national, state and local levels. News outlets can resist these trends by publishing editorials, explaining the tactics in news stories and openly resisting them whenever they occur. Journalists are invited to sign up for further information by emailingkfoxhall@verizon.net. To see the letter that was sent in full to President Obama click here.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, SPJ promotes the free flow of information vital to a well-informed citizenry; works to inspire and educate the next generation of journalists; and protects First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and press. For more information about SPJ, please visit http://www.spj.org/.

The 38 groups who signed the letter are:

American Agricultural Editors’ Association

American Agricultural Editors’ Association Professional Improvement Foundation

American Society of Journalists and Authors

American Society of Business Publication Editors

American Society of News Editors

Arab and Middle Eastern Journalists Association

Asian American Journalists Association

Associated Collegiate Press

Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication

Association of Opinion Journalists

Center for Media and Democracy

College Media Association

Colorado Press Women

Defending Dissent Foundation

Journalism Education Association

Investigative Reporters and Editors

iSolon.org

North American Agricultural Journalists

National Federation of Press Women

National Newspaper Association

National Press Foundation

National Press Photographers Association

National Scholastic Press Association

Native American Journalists Association

Online News Association

OpenTheGovernment.org

The Poynter Institute

Project on Government Oversight

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

Public Radio News Directors Incorporated

Radio Television Digital News Association

Regional Reporters Association

Reporters without Boarders

Society of Environmental Journalists

Society of Professional Journalists

Student Press Law Center

Tully Center for Free Speech at Syracuse University

UNITY Journalists for Diversity