'The Edge' staff attends Kansas Associated Collegiate Press convention, wins awards

The Edge, an independent student newspaper from Fort Hays State University, won several awards at the recent Kansas Associated Collegiate Press annual convention in Wichita.

The overall publication won an honorable mention. Twelve individual awards were given to staff members. Zach Becker, editor-in-chief and Great Bend junior; James Bell, assistant editor and Macksville senior; and Jennifer Copp, business/advertising manager and Ellsworth sophomore, attended the convention.

"It was a great opportunity to have our work reviewed, critiqued and honored by people who know journalism," said Bell. "It was worth the trip to be surrounded by so many quality collegiate journalists."

Bell received honorable mention for news writing. Becker received several awards including second place in column writing, second and third place for editorial writing, second place and honorable mention for information graphics, second place for interior page design, honorable mention for illustration, and honorable mention for headline writing.

For the overall newspaper entry, each publication entered a set of three consecutive issues for judging, which were rated on a point system. For individual entries, each publication could enter a total of five items from each category.

As part of the four-year public school newspaper division, The Edge's competition consisted of fully funded, official university publications from around the state. With a staff sometimes as small as six people -- by comparison, the Pittsburg State Collegio newspaper has a staff of more than 25 people -- Becker said this obviously put his publication at a major disadvantage.

"It's fun to go up against the best papers in Kansas to see how we stack up," said Becker. "We have a very small staff of dedicated volunteers and our resources are extremely limited. However, our strong showing at the contest just goes to show that, with a lot of hard work, you can put out a quality student publication even on the smallest of budgets."

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