APSU student newspaper earns 5 regional awards
(Posted March 4, 2019)
CLARKSVILLE, Tennessee — The All State student newspaper at Austin Peay State University earned five regional awards at the Southeast Journalism Conference’s Best of the South Awards held at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Feb. 14-16. Students and advisers from colleges and universities across the southeast attended the regional conference.
The student newspaper staff earned the following awards:
- Shania Green: Ranked 1st for Best Editorial Artist/Illustrator
- Valerie Linares: Ranked 3rd for Best Press Photographer
- Noah Houck: Ranked 4th for Best Newspaper Layout Designer
- Benjamin Little: Ranked 6th for Best Press Photographer
- Juno Von Palko: Ranked 10th for Best Arts & Entertainment Writer
The Best of the South Awards had 442 entries from 31 schools across the southeast. Green, a junior graphic design major and senior graphic designer, earned the top spot for a second year in a row for her illustrations.
“I never would have had the honor of receiving this award if it hadn't been for the All State staff,” she said.
Green’s submitted illustrations included an editorial cartoon on Generation Z, mental health and the Serena Williams tennis controversy. In the fall, Green earned the national Associated Collegiate Press Individual Awards second place for Cartoon of the Year for Editorial Cartoon and fifth place for Design of the Year for Illustration.
Linares, a junior communication major and senior staff photographer, said, “I am beyond speechless and grateful to have been recognized for my hard work.”
Her submitted work for Best Press Photographer included images from the spring drag show, 100 Black Men and Women in Suits campus walk and children from the Little Govs Child Learning Center’s annual Easter Egg Hunt.
“Being on staff has taken me out of my bubble and allowed me to explore what my strengths are as a photographer,” she said.
Houck, a senior communication major and managing editor and sports editor, earned his ranking in Best Newspaper Layout Designer for sports pages he designed during the year.
“I could not have done this without the help of my mentors from The All State,” he said.
Houck previously earned recognition from the Tennessee AP Broadcasters & Media Editors College Awards a second place for Online Sports Reporting and his staff earned a first place for Online Sports Coverage/Program.
“I am honored to have had this opportunity these past few years,” he said.
Little, senior Health and Human Performance major and former staff photographer, said, “Work done for The All State is submitted for awards without hesitation. The awards received by The All State staff is testimony to the production quality of our work.”
His submitted work for Best Press Photographer included University Recreation aerial fitness, the men’s basketball Ohio Valley Conference appearance and the Student Government Association’s election.
“Recognition pushes the staff to strive for next level work,” Little said. “Being ranked in the top ten of the SEJC shows that all of the hard work was worth it.”
Von Palko, a junior communication major and assistant features editor, said, “I am incredibly honored and delighted to receive this award.”
Her submissions for Best Arts & Entertainment Writer were movie reviews on “Love, Simon,” “Halloween” and “Seven Seconds.”
“It’s amazing how far my passion for both writing and entertainment has taken me,” she said.
Students and staff from APSU attending SEJC from The All State were:
- Patrick Armstrong, coordinator of Student Publications and Marketing and adviser to The All State
- Kamea Ferguson, junior communication major and perspectives editor
- Noah Houck, senior communication major and managing and sports editor
- Joann Morales, junior communication major and photo editor
- Jordan Potenza, junior English major and features editor
- Amanda Tackett, sophomore nursing major and perspectives writer
- Maisie Williams, freshman communication major and news editor
Students attending SEJC attended various sessions lead by local industry professionals on writing, visual storytelling, investigative reporting, data journalism and career tips. They also heard a keynote from Phil Williams, investigative reporter for News Channel 5, on the impact local journalism can have on the community.
Editor-in-Chief Ashley Thompson said she has pride in the staff and all the work they do.
“We put a lot of time into the newspaper, website and social media; and it is always exciting to see staff receive awards, showing what hard work can achieve,” she said. “I want The All State to be a place where people learn and grow as journalists.”
The All State student newspaper publishes each Wednesday in print, and is distributed on APSU’s Clarksville and Fort Campbell campuses. It publishes regularly online at www.theallstate.org. Readers can connect with The All State on Facebook, Instagram (@TheAllState_APSU) and Twitter (@TheAllState). The All State is housed in the Department of Student Publications, a part of the Division of Student Affairs.