The staff of The Washtenaw Voice won 31 awards, including 11 firsts in 19 categories, in the Michigan Press Association’s 2010 college newspaper contest.
There were nine second-place awards, nine thirds and two honorable mentions. In this competition last year, The Voice won 23 awards.
In all, 19 different student journalists won awards, including 12 staffers and seven contributors (freelancers). The contest included newspapers published from June 1, 2009 to May 31, 2010.
Prominent among the winners were former editor, Elizabeth Ross, with three firsts; former new media producer Matt Mancour, with two firsts among six awards (his work swept two categories: Multimedia Reporting and Video Production); and former photo editor Chris Asadian, who had two firsts among three awards.
“I’m absolutely thrilled for our students who work so hard to produce a newspaper this campus community can be proud of,” said Keith Gave, adviser to The Voice. “This is a testament to the tremendous support the college provides for its newspaper as well as the classroom preparation in a multitude of disciplines — journalism, photography, graphic design, film and videography and Web development — required to produce a newspaper that serves a 21st century readership.”
Among the competitors in The Voice’s MPA division were several four-year colleges, including the University of Michigan-Flint, University of Detroit-Mercy and Olivet College.
WCC’s nearest competitors in the contest: Delta College (four firsts among eight total awards) and Grand Rapids Community College (two firsts among eight awards).
2010 Michigan Press Association College Contest Winners
News Story First, Elizabeth Ross, ‘President contests $4,000 restaurant tab’ Judge’s comment: “The winner in an extremely competitive class. A good, objective story that answers the questions of a campus abuzz with them… Way to be a watch dog. Great job.” Third, Trevor Bach, ‘Amid scandal, priests see normalcy’
Investigative Reporting First, Elizabeth Ross/Staff, ‘Trustees’ tab: $4,000 for one meal’ Judges comment: “Well-rounded and factual. Superb work.” Honorable mention, Anne Duffy, Officials hold their ‘knows’ regarding foul smells
Feature Writing Second, Trevor Bach, ‘Recession-proof Ann Arbor Third, John Leonard, ‘The life and death of the record store’
Sports Feature First, Ron Harlow, ‘Fans show passion at Yost’ Judge’s comment: “A fun read. A story I wish I would have written while covering college hockey.” Second, Nicole Bednarski, ‘Local skaters, Olympic dreams’
Multimedia Reporting First, Matt Mancour, Kaylee Lentz, ‘Heaven and Yell’ Second, Matt Mancour, Elizabeth Ross, ‘Writin’ and Rockin’’ Third, Matt Mancour, Julie Mattera, ‘From combat to the classroom’ Judge’s comment: “A tough decision here. All three entries were professional grade and could be teaching examples for how to blend multimedia with print coverage.”
Column, Review or Blog, News or Sports Second, Addie Shrodes, ‘Tuition climbs while debate continues’ Honorable Mention, Maggie Reuter, ‘Recession of false hopes’
Editorial First, Elizabeth Ross, ‘Bad timing on $4,000 dinner’ Judge’s comment: “Reasoned, fair stand on issue, well-written.”
News Photo First, Chris Asadian, ‘Scream for vaccines’ Judge’s comment: “Clear winner! The boy’s expression leaps off the page! Great image to bring attention to this story. Nice tie-in with the headline.” Third, Andrew Kuhn, Snow days
Feature Photo First, Chris Asadian, ‘Home for the holidays’ Judge’s comment: Wow! We loved this photo. The framing of the bars and bare concrete cell compel your attention. This photo evokes emotion, which was the point of the story. Great angle, great shot!” Third, Robert Conradi, Ghost bike
Sports photo Third, Chris Asadian, ‘Batter up’
Video Production or Online Audio Slide Show Production First, Matt Mancour and Kaylee Lentz, ‘Legal high’ Judge’s comment: “This was the best video in any class, with good editing of interviews, video of salvia users, expert opinion. The productions values were high, and the report itself as news would stand up well in the professional world. . . This college entered three pieces and all were worthy of prizes…” Second, Matt Mancour and Kaylee Lentz, ‘Auto show’ Third, Matt Mancour and Nicole Bednarski, ‘Crooning’
News Page Design Third, Mattie Reuter
Feature Page Design Second, Kate Bizer, ‘Artist’
Sports Page Design Second, Sarah Stosick, ‘Tigers Opening day’
B&W advertisement First, Pete Leshkevich, Ad sales: ‘Looking’ for a rock star’ Judge’s comment: “A dominant graphic compels the reader into the ad. The copy includes a solid headline and text.”
Spot/Full Cover Display ad Second, Rachelle Malaney, ‘Student Development and Activities ad’ Third, Maggie Reuter, ‘Garrett’s’
In-House promotional ad Second, Sarah Stosick, ‘Voice Open House’
Special Advertizing Section First, ‘Eat me’ Judge’s comment: “Good stories about local eateries combined with some nice graphics and interesting how-to articles.”
Online Newspaper First, Susan Senn Judge’s comment: “The Voice publishes every two weeks, and they make good use of their time to produce a crisp, polished site.”