Student Newspaper Wins National Awards

A fresh new design conceived and implemented by students won national recognition this spring as The Collegian, Asbury University’s student newspaper, won five national awards at this year’s Society for News Design competition.

Asbury placed in three categories and took home two honorable mentions in the contest, which included schools of all sizes across the United States:

  • Second place: Overall Use of Photography (Rebecca Baker ’12); Editorial Page Design (Erika Graham ’14 and Jane Brannen ’12)
  • Third place: Newspaper Redesign (Jane Brannen ‘12, Erika Graham ’14, Riah Lawry ’13)
  • Honorable Mention: Infographics Portfolio (Jane Brannen ’12), Overall Design

“One of the most gratifying aspects of winning these awards is seeing our placement alongside the nation's most prestigious journalism schools,” said faculty advisor David Wheeler. “In this contest, it's important to remember we're not just competing against small schools; we're competing against everybody. When Asbury secures a top-three slot in areas like design and photography in a national competition, it sends a strong message to incoming students: We take our student newspaper very seriously."

Last summer’s redesign took The Collegian from a traditional newspaper design to a tabloid format similar to news magazines such as The Village Voice. The change in page size opened up new opportunities for graphics and design, and each element of the paper — from nameplate to font choices to photo cutlines — was carefully considered.

"Last fall, when we spent a week redesigning The Collegian, I never thought this would turn out to be something so big!” said Riah Lawry ’13, executive editor of The Collegian. “We wanted to make a newspaper that reflected our student body and showcased a strong, consistent personality in layout and design. And it definitely worked. Getting national awards for our design and overall photography confirms that we're on the right track in a time where journalism is constantly changing. It's also a great motivator for next year — and I'm definitely looking forward to building on what we've started."

The Collegian is one of many opportunities for students to put the information they learn in class into practice. Visit the School of Communication Arts' Web page for more information.

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