Campus: CSU Chico -- March 08, 2002
Break Up the Yankees? The Orion Wins National Newspaper
Award for Fourth Time in Five Years
In what has almost become routine, California State University, Chico's
student newspaper, The Orion, has received another prestigious national
award for excellence.
On Sunday, March 3, The Orion received a Newspaper of the Year award
by the Associated Collegiate Press at its annual National College Newspaper
Convention in Los Angeles.
The honor marks the second straight year and the fourth time in five
years that The Orion has won first place in the Associated Collegiate
Press' "four-year college weekly" category.
The general excellence award was based on a single issue published since
September 2001. The Orion entered its Feb. 6, 2002, edition.
In other national and regional competitions, The Orion fares equally
- In 2001, The Orion was named the nation's best college weekly by
the Society of Professional Journalists, topping 10 other newspapers
that also won regional honors.
- In 2000, The Orion received first-place honors among university
non-dailies in the National Newspaper Association's Better Newspapers
- Over the past nine years, The Orion has won five national "Pacemaker"
awards from The National Association Of Newspapers and Associated
Collegiate Press as the outstanding non-daily university newspaper.
- In six of the past seven years, The California Newspaper Publishers
Association has selected The Orion as the state's number one university
paper among all dailies and weeklies.
- Last month, The Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California
Chapter, announced that The Orion was the sole university recipient
of a James Madison Freedom of Information Award for a series of stories
on difficulties getting public agencies to comply with the state Public
"Our students continue to distinguish themselves in competition
against the nation's other top university papers," faculty adviser
Dave Waddell said. "The Orion has become a household name in the
world of college newspapers. These conventions reveal to us that it
is a paper other students and advisers admire and try to emulate."
Waddell also teaches in CSU, Chico's Department of Journalism.
The Newspaper of the Year award was accepted at Sunday's convention
by spring semester managing editor Niesha Gates. "The entire staff
of The Orion has worked with enthusiasm and dedication each week, and
that is reflected both by the quality of the newspaper and the recognition
that we received this weekend," she said. "This semester at
The Orion has truly been a team effort, and I, for one, can't wait to
see what else we can accomplish."