CBU shines at Baptist national competition
Riverside, Calf. (April 24, 2018) – California Baptist University won multiple communication awards at the 54th Annual Wilmer L. Fields Awards competition held on April 20. The Baptist Communicators Association hosted the event in Washington, D.C., at its annual members’ meeting.
CBU campus publications—The Banner newspaper and Pursuit magazine—won a combined 11 awards in the student competition. The Banner won first place in the Newspaper Design category and first place in the Single Article category for the story “Vegas Massacre Touches Inland Empire,” written by Kaitlynn Labit and Alexandra Applegate. Pursuit magazine captured five first place awards for the publication’s content and design elements in addition to the Best Overall student entry for the fall 2017 issue.
“This is amazing that our student publications won so many significant awards in the BCA competition. It is further evidence of the quality of work our students do on the campus publications,” said Dr. Michael Chute, director of the journalism and new media and public relations program at CBU. “It is exciting to see our students get this kind of recognition for their excellent work and dedication to the publications.”
The Marketing and Communication division at CBU won two grand prizes in the professional competition. One was for “Christie Halverson NCAA II All-American” portrait, featured in the summer 2017 edition of The Roundtable, which won best overall photograph. Additionally, the division captured best print media and design award for the “Live Your Purpose” campaign. The 2016-2017 President’s Report publication earned CBU a second place award in the Annual Report category.
Dr. Mark A. Wyatt, vice president for Marketing and Communication at CBU, said the creative team of designers and writers he leads shares credit for the prizes CBU won.
“These awards bring positive recognition to the university for the excellent work our team members consistently produce,” Wyatt said. “I am especially pleased that the design campaign built around the theme, ‘Live Your Purpose’®, earned a grand prize for CBU.”
The Wilmer L. Fields Awards competition receives hundreds of entries from Baptist ministries, agencies, colleges and newspapers across the country.