Thursday, September 2, 2010

BSU students nominated for national journalism awards

The Ball State Daily News was named a finalist for five national awards this week by American Collegiate Press, including the group’s highest honor, the Pacemaker for general excellence.

Members of last year’s staff who were honored include former Editor-in-Chief Vinnie Lopes, nominated for top national sports story of the year.

Graphics Editor Stephanie Cope led the team nominated for multimedia sports story of the year on the newspaper’s website,

Designer Kyle Lewis was nominated for best front-page design and best illustration. And Design Editor Becky Rother was nominated for newspaper page of the year.

The entries were judged by professional journalists in the Washington area. Winners will be announced Oct. 30 at the National College Media Convention in Louisville.

American Collegiate Press is the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists. The group’s member publications include more than 20,000 students.

This was the Daily News’ first finalist for sports story of the year, according to ACP records. The newspaper has had only two other finalists for best news story in the last 15 years.

The newspaper earlier this year won national online awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. An opinion writer was named the best college newspaper columnist in the country by the National Society of Newspaper Columnists.

ACP Finalists from Ball State
Sports story of the year — Vinnie Lopes, FOOTBALL: Ball State nets record $800,000 for playing road game vs. Auburn

Multimedia sports story of the year — DN graphics staff (led by graphics editor Stephanie Cope), 2010 Winter Olympics

Front page of the year — Kyle Lewis, Oct. 26 front page
Newspaper page of the year — Becky Rother, Where the Wild Things Are (Oct. 15, 2009)
Illustration of the year — Kyle Lewis, CHIRP vs. Ohio (Oct. 29, 2009)

Links to the lists of winners and other information:


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