Associate Vice President for Public Relations and Marketing Communications
The award was one of 16 top 10 showings (with three wins) for university student media in the contest, the results of which were announced during the 28th annual conference banquet at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Also coming away with first-place finishes were Sabastian Wee and Anna Yang. Wee, 2012-13 Signal editor-in-chief, repeated his first-place finish in the “Best Advertising Staff Member” category for his in-house ad campaigns. Yang, production editor for the paper, topped the “Best News Graphic Designer” category.
The Signal received nine top seven placements in 13 newspaper categories overall, including second-place finishes for Morgan Brown (“Best Editorial Designer”) and the news staff in “Special Reporting” (coverage of the 2013 Student Government Association election). GSTV received six top eight placements in six television categories, including a second-place finish for Alex Osiadacz in the “Best Television Journalist” category. In addition, Panther Report‘s Jasmina Alston placed third in the Research Paper category. WRAS’ program The Hub placed fourth in the category of Best College Audio News Program.
Georgia State will host the conference in February 2015.
Earlier this month, The Signal topped the record it set last year for first-place finishes at the Georgia College Press Association’s “Better Newspaper” contest. The paper received 12 first-place finishes among 21 placements in 17 categories in a ceremony in Athens, Ga., on Feb. 8.
The newspaper topped the General Excellence category for the second straight year and also placed 1st in the categories News, Sports, Features and Layout & Design in the Four-Year Division A bracket. Division A refers to student newspapers from four-year Georgia colleges and universities with enrollments above 8,000 students.