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April 18, 2012

Cowley Press garners Bronze Medal


Cowley PressWith five members of Cowley College’s student newspaper, The Cowley Press, taking home awards from the Kansas Associated Collegiate Press Conference held Sunday and Monday in Salina, The Cowley Press was named an overall Bronze Medalist for its work on the student publication.

Brandon Hanchett received second place awards in sports photography and illustration, and honorable mention awards in interior page design and feature photography. Wil Austin nabbed honorable mention awards in photo essay, news photography, and feature writing. While, Samantha Francis was another multiple award winner and received honorable mention recognition in sports photography and illustration.

Other Cowley Press members to receive honorable mention awards were, Ethan Goodwin in editorial writing and Lauren Llanes in the sports feature category.

Meg Smith, director of journalism and advisor for The Cowley Press, was pleased with the outcome considering her students claimed an award in the majority of the categories.

“The judges for these competitions are from all over the state and beyond some in the academic community, but most in the media fields,” Smith said. “Many of the judges commented on the quality of the competition and how close most of the categories were. There is always room for improvement and the staff found plenty of tips, feedback and ideas from the workshops and critique sessions.”

Rhiannon Rosas, sophomore design editor for The Cowley Press enjoyed seeing the design of the other newspapers and thought the conference served as a great networking experience.

“I had a chance to talk to Malcolm Gibson, the advisor at KU, it was a way for me to get a foot in the door for my transfer school,” Rosas said. “I feel like it gives me a head start when I get there in the fall.”

Jordan Bellin, designer for The Cowley Press, also enjoyed the opportunity to attend the conference.

“It was a great experience and I had a great time learning about finding a job in the media field,” Bellin said.