Cedars Wins Awards at Newspaper Convention

COLUMBUS – Cedars won the top award for non-daily college newspapers for the second straight year Thursday at the Ohio Newspaper Association Annual Convention.

Cedars won 10 individual awards, the most of any of the nine schools entered, to accumulate the most points in the competition and win the Frank E. Deaner Award for General Excellence in Collegiate Journalism. Three places were awarded in each category. The University of Toledo placed second.

Cedars earned first and second place in both arts and entertainment writing and headline writing. Some of the categories allowed for multiple entries.

The first place A&E entry consisted of stories written by Lauren Eissler, Crystal Goodremote and Becca (Powlus) Kochsmeier. Eissler’s story described the friendly competition between Cedarville’s two coffee shops. Goodremote’s story dealt with inaccuracies in the portrayal of Cedarville graduate Jennifer (Matthews) Anderson in the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” Kochsmeier profiled Cedarville graduate Jesse James DeConto and his band The Pinkerton Raid.

The second place A&E entry consisted of stories written by Holly McClellan, Madison Troyer and Goodremote. McClellan wrote about Josiah Smith’s design for the set of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” Troyer and Goodremote co-wrote a story about the filming of a sitcom pilot on campus. The final piece of the entry was the annual editors’ picks of books, movies and music and other things entertainment related.

Cedars placed second in three other categories:

In-depth reporting: Reporters Mary Miller and John Filcik and graphic artist Radleigh Wakefield for their package of three stories and graphics on the presidential election.

News coverage: Three full editions were judged. The editions were from October 2012 (election preview), November 2012 (Dr. Brown resignation) and March 2013 (school budget report).

Design: Three full editions were judged. The editions were from November 2012, March 2013 and April 2013 (Fracking).

Cedars placed third in three categories:

Sports coverage: Deanne Bradshaw, Zack Anderson and Nathaniel Bond were honored. Bradshaw wrote a first-person account of her involvement at the London Olympics. Anderson wrote about Clifton and its place in history as the hometown of Ohio State football coaching legend Woody Hayes. Bond profiled three men’s basketball players who transferred from Division I schools.

Photojournalism: An entry consisted of three photos. Photographers Jillian Philyaw, Madison Sternberg and Stephen Port were honored.

Best multi-media package: Crystal Goodremote and Zack Anderson for their video story about students ministering to others by holding open chapel doors.

Other schools entered in the competition were Ashland, John Carroll, Findlay, Malone, Otterbein, Sinclair Community College and Youngstown State.

The Lantern at Ohio State placed first among daily student newspapers.

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