|Sasha Walters, Monica Fitch, Editor-in-Chief Lindsay Pincus, Katherine Feaster and Adviser Mark Plenke with plaques and certificates awarded this weekend.|
The Orion and theorion.com were honored with 13 awards this weekend at the Associated Collegiate Press/California College Media Association convention in Universal City.
In the ACP best-of-show competition, the paper took ninth place among weekly papers at the convention. Theorion.com placed third among all large schools in the best-of-show website competition. Papers from as far away as Boston and Miami competed.
In the CCMA annual contest for California student media, the newspaper took home 11 awards:
3rd place - Best Newspaper (Weekly)
3rd place - Best Overall Newspaper Design (Weekly)
3rd place - Best News Series (Weekly) - Mozes Zarate for Creek Curve fatal accident and follow up
1st place - Best Newspaper Column (Weekly) - Zachary Phillips for “In the Closet: A Fate Worse Than Death”
2nd place - Best Sports Photograph (weekly) - Emily Teague for photo of a Chico State long jumper.
1st place - Best Newspaper Page/Spread - Arturo Cabrera for “Living Legend”
1st place - Best News Video - Eric Walker and Emily Bertolino for “Distressed Downtown: Homelessness in Chico CA"
Honorable Mention - Best Non-News Video - Jessica Brown and Courtly Cerrito for "Fine Arts class makes metal artwork”
Honorable mention - Best Online Ad - Ernesto Rivera - Download The Orion’s new app
• The Orion's strength in the photo and video categories.
• The lack of awards in news, always a strength in the past and probably the reason for the third-place finish in the best-newspaper category.
• Third place in the ACP national competition is the paper's best ever and indicates growing excellence in the digital edition. I think the addition of outstanding web video stories and a cleaner design this spring were major reasons for the judges' decision.
Congratulations to everyone on the staff this year and last for a great showing!