The Collegiate Times goes to Orlando…

…And comes back with some hardware. The National College Media Convention was held in Orlando last week. It offers opportunities to learn and meet with college publications from around the country. It also features the presentation of some of college journalism’s most prestigious awards.

We were very proud to take home 10th place Best in Show for our print edition. It put us in some very nice company with our fellow daily broadsheet college papers. Being in the top 10 of all the great papers at the conference was an honor and a good sign for this year’s CT staff.

The paper we submitted was our Oct. 14 edition, which featured coverage of the Occupy Virginia Tech demonstration and a special opinion section to go with it, discussing the national movement and its implications for college students.

Lindsey Brookbank, our managing editor, won 2nd place in the Associated Collegiate Press Reporter of the Year category for her body of work last year, including  reports on how two families are dealing with the loss of their children.

I won 4th place Feature Story of the Year for “Ex-felon moves forward.”

The CT was a finalist for Online Pacemaker, but came up short again. Still, being named a finalist shows our website is one of the nation’s leaders.

The conference should help us find new ways to innovate with our paper moving forward.

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