June 28, 2012
The Northwestern News, student newspaper at Northwestern Oklahoma State University, received five awards from the Oklahoma Press Association (OPA) at the organization’s annual convention held earlier this month.
“We already had had our most substantial contest year, so I am just ecstatic to add these to our list,” Melanie Wilderman, the paper’s adviser, said.
In the college division of the OPA’s annual contest, the Northwestern News placed second in news content, second in advertising, second in editorial comment, fourth in personal columns and fourth in sports coverage.
“In this contest, the awards go to the news staff as a whole, not individuals, so it speaks to the overall excellence of our students and their work,” Wilderman said.
Because of a change in date of the annual convention, the contest period covered Sept. 1, 2010, to Dec. 31, 2011. In future years, the contest period will be a calendar year. Each newspaper—both commercial and collegiate—submitted selected issues to be judged.
Earlier this year, Wilderman was named Teacher of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). That organization also awarded second place in web design to the RangerPulse web site. In the Oklahoma SPJ contests, collegians compete on an equal footing with professional journalists.
In the regional collegiate SPJ contest, which includes all colleges and universities in Oklahoma and Texas, Leah Burchfiel, Jet senior and RangerPulse staff member, placed second in entertainment writing, and Becky Burke, Northwestern News staff member from Oilton who graduated in December, placed third in photography.
At the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association, Northwestern captured 11 awards. They included first in overall newspaper, first in overall web site, first in feature writing, first in sports writing, first in sports photography, second in front page design, second in interior page design, second in ad design, third in sports writing, honorable mention in entertainment writing and honorable mention in feature writing.