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The Herald Wins Four MCPA Awards

Cornerstone University’s student-run newspaper, The Herald, won four awards in the 2012 Michigan Collegiate Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

The Herald took two first place spots and two third place spots.

“The recognition bestowed on the student newspaper staff by these Michigan Collegiate Press Association awards is well-deserved,” said Alan Blanchard, associate professor of journalism and Herald faculty advisor. “These journalism students apply their God-given talents, time and energy in a manner that gives God the glory for these and other accomplishments.”

The contest is divided into three divisions, which are based on how often the newspaper issues come out. Cornerstone, which publishes one paper a week, is ranked in division two.

The Herald’s top editors chose articles that were submitted into the contest. This year’s top editors were Rachel Hunter and Briana Pringle.

Hunter, managing editor and a journalism major, won first place in the investigative category for her article, “Lead actor tells all, explains mysteries behind accident,” and earned third place in the editorial category for her article, “Married housing.”

“It’s not just a single person’s effort,” said Hunter. “I had a great team around me and they were really supportive. Without my staff and instructors I wouldn’t be able to do anything.”

Herald writer Emily Anderson won third place in the sports news/features category for her article, “Men’s soccer undefeated in WHAC conference games.”

The Herald, as a whole, won first place in the General Excellence category. This category is decided based on the overall quality of the publication. Three to four different issues are sent in to be evaluated for the award.

“I am very proud of the student editors, reporters, copy editors and photographers who work very hard week in and week out to produce The Herald,” Blanchard said about the students that make the Herald possible.

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