Campus publications earn a record number of awards in journalism competition
Riverside, Calif. (March 7, 2018) — California Baptist University campus publications—The Banner newspaper and Pursuit magazine—were awarded 22 distinctions by the California College Media Association (CCMA). The number of awards represents a record high for CBU.
Winners were announced at the CCMA awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency in Long Beach, California, on March 3. All Californian institutions of higher education are eligible to enter the CCMA competition from community colleges to mid-range enrollment universities (fewer than 10,000 students) to larger private and state schools (more than 10,000 students). Hundreds of submissions are received across 45 entry categories.
First place awards for CBU included Best Magazine for the fall 2017 issue of Pursuit. Additionally, the Banner won Best Overall Newspaper Design, Best Photo Series for coverage of Spiritual Life’s Hurricane Harvey relief trip and Best Breaking News Story for the coverage of the Las Vegas shooting impact on the Inland Empire. CBU campus publications also earned awards in categories such as page design, infographics, feature writing, sports photography, social media use and magazine cover design.
“These well-deserved awards for our students’ work demonstrate the continuing growth of our program,” said Dr. Michael Chute, director of the journalism and new media and public relations at CBU. “It is exciting to see CBU students compete favorably against student-journalists in both private and public universities in California. They serve the university well, and I’m glad the judges awarded their hard work with awards in multiple categories.”
Kaitlynn Labit, a senior journalism and new media major and Banner editor-in-chief, won or shared credit for the most awards by a CBU student, taking home six honors. Juliana Bontrager, graphic design and visual experience senior and Banner design editor, was close behind, earning five awards for her outstanding visual arts contributions.