The American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA) recently awarded Waynesburg University’s student-produced newspaper, The Yellow Jacket, the First Place with Special Merit Award and the Most Outstanding University Newspaper Award.
The First Place with Special Merit Award was awarded to 36 winners nationwide based upon outstanding design and content, and the Most Outstanding University Newspaper Award was presented to only three of those school newspapers. This was Waynesburg’s first time earning the “most outstanding” award, earning 955 of the possible 1,000 points.
“The Yellow Jacket has a long history of being recognized by regional and statewide organizations, but to get an award like this against national competition is obviously very special,” said Brandon Szuminsky, instructor of communication and co-advisor of The Yellow Jacket. “To win this award is really a testament to both the quality of our students and the opportunities they have in the Department of Communication.”
The ASPA annual contest recognizes school yearbooks, magazines and newspapers that excel in overall design and content. According to ASPA, the contest also provides applicants with advice on advertising placement, cover design, graphics, headlining, photography, page design and story layout, among other items.
Earlier in the year, the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), a national organization of journalists, named the newspaper as a finalist in four different categories for a total of five awards, and the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) announced three first place awards and an honorable mention for the newspaper staff.
“The wide variety of recognition the staff received this year shows that they are excelling across the board,” said Szuminsky. “I am glad that ASPA and these other organizations are seeing what we see every day: that Waynesburg University has a stellar group of young journalists.”
In total, The Yellow Jacket collected 11 awards during the 2015-16 academic year, the first time in the paper’s history the number of awards reached double digits.
Founded in 1849 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Waynesburg University is located on a traditional campus in the hills of southwestern Pennsylvania, with three additional sites located in the Pittsburgh region. The University is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU) and is one of only 21 Bonner Scholar schools in the country, offering local, regional and international opportunities to touch the lives of others through service.
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Ashley Wise, Assistant Director of University Relations
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