Asbury Student Paper Earns KIPA Awards

LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Asbury University’s student newspaper, The Collegian, took home 40 awards — including 13 first-place awards — at the Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association’s annual convention held Saturday at the Hyatt Regency in Louisville.

"I'm incredibly excited for our staff. We've worked really hard all year, and it's wonderful to see that work pay off,” said senior Laura Laffoon, the executive editor of The Collegian. “This achievement is especially impressive because we had a large turnover in staff over the summer, but that never slowed us down. We trained a couple of days before school started and then dove right in. And we've been putting in 100 percent from then on out. So it's very encouraging for our paper to win awards in nearly every category.”

The Asbury students made clean sweeps in several categories, including news photos, sports photos and analyses/special reports. Competing against schools such as Transylvania, Georgetown and all colleges and universities in Kentucky with 5,000 or fewer students, The Collegian also won best overall Web site.

“Asbury competes against some really incredible student newspapers,” said David Wheeler, who teaches journalism and has been the faculty advisor for the student newspaper at Asbury since 2007. “Several of the judges commented on how impressed they were by the quality of journalism produced by students at Kentucky colleges and universities. This year, I’m especially happy that Asbury swept the news photo and sports photo categories. It shows that we’re making great progress in building up our photojournalism emphasis.”

Entries were judged by professional journalists at newspapers from around the country, such as The Seattle Times and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

Asbury University Award Winners Include:

First Place:
Brownrygg Woolls - News Photo
Rebecca Baker - Sports Photo
Tyler, Rebecca, Zack - Photo Essay
Staff - Website Home Page
Staff - Overall Website
Anna Leon - Feature Headline
Staff - Sports Headline
Jordan Crouse - Sports News Story
Jordan Crouse - Sports Feature
Brison Harvey - Sports Column
Tyler Hoff - Front Page Layout
Laura Laffoon - Sports Page Layout
Zack Klemme - Analyses and Special Reports

Second Place:
Brownrygg Woolls - Feature Photo
Zack Wilson - Sports Photo
Ian McAfee - Informational Graphic
Tyler Hoff - News Photo
Staff - Sports Page Layout
Anna Giaritelli - News Story
Whitney Ward - Continuing News
Zack Klemme - Analyses and Special Reports
Riah Lawry - Personality Profile
Sarah Abiro - Sports Feature
Brittany Howard - Sports News Story
Brittany Howard - Sports Game Story
Laura Laffoon - Sports Headline

Third Place:
Ian McAfee - Comic Strip
Anna Leon - News Photo
Will Houp - Analyses and Special Reports
Anna Leon - Personality Profile
Staff - Continuing News
Kenton Sena - Sports Game Story
Kenton Sena - Sports Headline
Ben Joubert - Feature Headline
Leah Girard - News Headline
Tyler Hoff - Sports Photo
Eric Shelton - Feature Photo

Honorable Mention:
Leah Girard - Analyses and Special Reports
Zack Klemme - Continuing News
Joey Nunez - Feature Photo

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