The Butler Collegian was honored with a number of national awards during the Associated Collegiate Press-College Media Association national student media convention in Chicago Oct. 31-Nov. 4.
The Collegian was named second place winner in the ACP “Best of Show” contest for non-daily newspapers from four-year colleges and universities. Editor-in-chief Jill McCarter submitted the issue from Aug. 29 of this year, featuring the lead story, ”Multiple arrests, excise police, policy changes…Are administrators trying to CAP A DRINKING PROBLEM?”
A story by Butler junior Kyler Naylor and Chris Goff ’12, ”Flooding Poses Problem for Campus Officials” (Nov. 2, 2011), received second place honors for best news story of the year. The judge’s comments: “Many reporters would scoff at an assignment about puddles. But these reporters understood its relevance and crafted a thorough report filled with detail – including rainfall amounts and puddle depths. The story ties the flooding problem on campus to a flooding problem in surrounding communities, increasing its impact.”
The Page One design for the Nov. 9, 2011, issue, “Butler University Inaugurates 21st President Jim Danko,” received fourth-place honors. McCarter and Hayleigh Colombo ’12 designed the page.
The Collegian also received two national honorable mentions: diversity story of the year for “Being Black at Butler” (Feb. 22, 2012) by McCarter, and staff editorial of the year, “Student Issues Must Come First” (April 10, 2012), written by Reid Bruner.
Those attending the conference this year were McCarter, managing editor Colin Likas, sports editor Marissa Johnson, design editor Taylor Meador, and adviser Loni McKown.
Last year, at the ACP conference in Orlando, Fla., the Collegian won a prestigious ACP Pacemaker Award, the highest award given to student publications. It also was named third place in the “Best of Show” contest for both the print and online versions of The Collegian.