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Cedars trio wins national award

By Staff

A trio of Cedars reporters recently earned first place for in-depth reporting in the Society for Professional Journalists national writing contest for college students.

Holly McClellan, Zack Anderson and Mary Miller were recognized for their work as part of the annual Mark of Excellence Awards. SPJ will recognize first-place national winners at the Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference in Nashville, Tennessee, Sept. 4-6.

The winning entry in the small school division (fewer than 10,000 students) was for a package of stories in the spring of 2013 about Cedarville University finances. McClellan is a 2013 Cedarville graduate. Anderson and Miller are 2014 graduates.

The entry had previously won first place in one of 12 regional competitions, qualifying it for the national competition. Cedars also had an entry in the national competition in general news reporting. Cedars was a finalist in four other categories in the regional competition.

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Movies: “The Lego Movie” It seems like “The Lego Movie” was swept aside in light of much bigger and supposedly more important movies surrounding its release. If you missed this gem, go see it, even if you never liked Legos. While the movie is basically a giant Lego commercial, the combination of a great storyline, pristine animation, quirky characters and a beautiful message created a movie about plastic toys on par with the “Toy Story” series. It is nearly impossible to finish the movie without having the peppy tune of “Everything is Awesome” bouncing around in your head. Put down the cliche superhero movie or pointless comedy and take a chance with “The Lego Movie.” You won’t regret it. “Frozen” Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past five months, you’ve heard of the Disney hit “Frozen.” If you’re part of the majority of people on this campus, you’ve seen the movie multiple times, own the soundtrack and have an appropriate Olaf quote for every situ... (Click here to read more.)

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