Campus: CSU Chico -- March 12, 2003
Orion Wins Third Straight National Newspaper Award
The Orion has again been honored with one of the nation’s top
college newspaper awards. California State University, Chico’s
student weekly was named Newspaper of the Year on Sunday, March 9, by
the Associated Collegiate Press.
The award marked the third straight year and the fifth time in six years
that The Orion has won first place in the “four-year college weekly”
category at ACP’s National College Newspaper Convention. The 19th
annual convention was held March 6-9 at the Renaissance Madison Hotel
in Seattle. The convention attracted more than 600 students from throughout
the United States and three other countries.
The general excellence award was based on a single issue published since
September 2002. The Orion entered its Feb. 26, 2003, edition. Spring
semester Managing Editor Jen Cooper, a senior journalism major from
Joshua Tree, accepted the award on behalf of the newspaper’s staff.
“At The Orion, we’d continue to work just as hard and put
out just as great a paper if we never won awards, but it was a great
feeling to hear the paper’s name called and know that our hard
work is being recognized,” Cooper said. “Everyone who works
on the staff—whether they edit copy, write, sell advertisements
or design pages—can take credit for a part of the success.”
Dave Waddell, The Orion’s faculty adviser, said a lot of work
and preparation go into producing an issue that will impress the convention
judges. For example, the paper’s student advertising sales representatives
sold extra color ads to offset the cost of color photos and graphics
on the front of every section for the Feb. 26 issue.
“Our students work hard to produce a quality newspaper every week,
but we’ll go with a little extra icing before the contest,”
Waddell also noted that the Feb. 26 front page was revamped at least
twice close to deadline as editors and designers responded to breaking
news. That front page carries photo editor Nick Lovejoy’s photo
of a car accident that killed CSU, Chico freshman Juan Lugo. Reporter
Melissa Daugherty’s stories on the deaths of Lugo and another
student in a separate accident are prominent on the front page. The
issue also carries an in-depth report on affirmative action by reporter
Waddell said student leadership is especially strong this semester with
Cooper as the top editor, Jessie Gardner as art director and Tyler Lewis
as business manager.
Placing second in the college weekly category was The Argonaut from
the University of Idaho at Moscow, while third place went to The Maneater
from the University of Missouri at Columbia.
The Orion, a student-managed laboratory newspaper of the Department
of Journalism, has won a string of prestigious awards. It has been named
the nation’s best college weekly in recent years by both the Society
of Professional Journalists and the National Newspaper Association.
The California Newspaper Publishers Association has selected the CSU,
Chico paper as the state’s No. 1 university paper in the seven
of the last eight years.
CONTACT: Joe Wills, 530-898-4143
Dave Waddell, Orion Adviser 530-898-4782