Butler Collegian staff members received four awards in the Hoosier State Press Association Foundation 2013 Better Newspaper Contest.

Fairbanksexterior10 001Colin Likas, the Collegian’s Editor in Chief, won first place in the news category for “Red Ink” (October 16, 2013) about The Butler Collegian’s financial struggles. The judge’s comments: “This entry was written in a concise and careful manner … Pertinent figures were given in an easy to understand way.” Second and third place in the news category went to students from Taylor University and Indiana University, respectively.

Mallory Duncan, Assistant Arts, Etc. Editor, won second place in the feature category for “A Glorious Adventure Awaits” (October 8, 2013) about Butler senior Stefan LeBlanc, a published science fiction/fantasy author. The judge’s comments: “This was a fun read about a very interesting student … Overall, nicely done.” First and third place in the feature category went to students from Indiana University and University of Southern Indiana, respectively.

Kyle Beery, Assistant Sports Editor, won second place in the sports category for “Barlow Desires to Coach After Playing Days” (March 6, 2013) about Alex Barlow, a walk-on member of the Butler men’s basketball team. The judge’s comments: “This was a great story with a nice lead. You did a good job of including quotes from a variety of sources that rounded the story out.” First and third place in the sports category went to students from IU and Ball State University, respectively.

The Collegian staff won third place in the editorial/opinion category for “The ins and outs of the Indiana Lifeline Law” (Sept. 4, 2013). In place of that week’s staff editorial, Collegian members decided it would be beneficial to give Butler students an in-depth look at the Indiana Lifeline Law, how it works and what it means for students.

“I am so pleased and proud to see how well the Butler Collegian’s student journalists compete against those at much larger student newspapers, such as the Indiana Daily Student and the Ball State Daily News,” said Loni McKown, the Collegian’s faculty adviser. “Winning awards such as these helps validate that the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism is offering a strong education to Butler students, and that the Collegian is a great way to further hone skills learned in the classroom.”

The awards were presented to Indiana Collegian Press Association college division winners on Saturday, December 7, in conjunction with the HSPA Foundation’s Better Newspaper Contest and Newsroom Seminar. McKown is a member of the ICPA board of directors.

Hayleigh Colombo ’12 also received an award at the HSPA 2013 Better Newspaper Contest. She won first place for best business/economic news coverage for her story “What’s Next for Biotown USA?” in the Journal & Courier (Lafayette). A former business reporter, she now covers higher education for the paper.


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