Cornerstone University News

CU Newspaper Garners 10 MCPA Awards

Cornerstone journalism students know how to tell a good story, evidenced by the campus’ award winning student newspaper. Student writers for Cornerstone University’s weekly print publication, The Herald, received 10 awards in the 2013 Michigan Collegiate Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The 2013 Herald staff won two first place, three second place, three third place and two honorable mention awards in the following categories:

First place - Editorial (Our View), Herald editorial board; News-only Photo, Cassie Daszko.

Second place - Feature Story, Cassie Daszko; Sports News/Feature, Emily Anderson; Feature/Sports Photo, Austin Radebaugh

Third - Front Page Design, Garret Craig; Non-Front page Design, Cassie Daszko; Briana Pringle; General Excellence, Herald staff.

Honorable Mention -Sports News/Feature, Garret Craig; advertising, single ad, Herald staff.

“The students worked diligently all school year to produce a quality student newspaper, which has proven itself competitive with public and private colleges and universities across the state of Michigan for 15 years,” said Alan Blanchard, associate professor of journalism, who advises The Herald campus newspaper.

The Herald, which was previously named the best newspaper in its division in 2012 and 2008, competes with colleges like Adrian College, Calvin College, Eastern Michigan University, Ferris State University, Hillsdale College and Saginaw Valley State University.

Last year’s success was under the direction of top Herald editors Rachel Hunter, who led the paper in fall 2012, and Briana Pringle, who led the paper in spring 2013.

“Student journalists take their Herald roles seriously and invest a lot of time, talent and energy into the stories, photographs and page design,” Blanchard said. “It’s nice to see our students receive this level of recognition from the judges.”

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