2011 Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association winners announced

Winners of the 2011 Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association contest were announced  Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.

Advertising

Judged by Teresa Revlett, Kentucky Press Association

Advertising Art

A

First Place

Lauren Walker, University of Kentucky

The graphic in this ad definitely drew me into the ad. The message was clear and concise. Easy to read – good work!

Second Place

Alex Weires, Western Kentucky University

Although the artwork is big, it isn’t overpowering. The message is received, plus you did a good job showing what they have to offer.

Third Place

Taylor Collins, University of Kentucky

That’s a lot of information in a small space, but it is still easy to read. Nice graphic!

Honorable Mention

Adam Roberts, Morehead State University

Perfect graphic! It is easy to see what this ad is about from your art.

Melissa Pingley, Western Kentucky University

Nice thank you message

Advertising Art

B

First Place

Jennifer Godbey, Somerset Community College

Literally looks good enough to eat! That’s the point, right?  Great idea.

 

 

Advertising Campaign

A

First Place

Aliesha Flora, Morehead State University

I really like the way you mixed up the bullet points each week. Very easy to read.

Second Place

Staff, Murray State University

Consistently letting us know where to get the info! Good plan!

Advertising Copy

A

First Place

Kelsey Spaulding, University of Kentucky

Great headline! Copy is short and to the point. Very effective.

Second Place

Aliesha Flora, Morehead State University

Good mix of copy sizes – variations make it easy to read.

Third Place

Jody Beamer, University of Kentucky

Great headline. That draws you into the ad. The rest of the copy is well written.

Honorable Mention

Kelly Modaff, Morehead State University

Lots of information in a small space. You made the best use of the size bought.

Advertising Copy

B

First Place

Julius Stallworth, Kentucky State University

Clearly the first place winner. Lots of information to get out, but very easy to ready and understand.

Second Place

Matt Attaway, Somerset Community College

The copy is easy to read, but I think it would be noticed more if the address was at the bottom and the message was at the top of the ad.

Third Place

Jennifer Godbey, Somerset Community College

Who doesn’t like an old fashion deli sandwich? Great ad!

Advertising Design

A

First Place

Taylor Collins, University of Kentucky

Beautiful design! All the elements of design are here – well balanced and easy to read. You did a good job mixing design and color.

Second Place

Alex Weires, Western Kentucky University

Great ad! I love the background. This one definitely jumps off the page.

Third Place

Nick Paxton, Murray State University

The art tells the story – very interesting choice of design.

Honorable Mention

Kelsey Spaulding, University of Kentucky

Great use of a photo in an ad. Not much copy needed when you have that kind of graphic.

Alex Weires, Western Kentucky University

Copy is very easy to read over the cool background. Nice work!

Advertising Design

B

First Place

Jennifer Godbey, Somerset Community College

Love this ad! Great photo makes the ad stand out on the page.

Second Place

Kacie Goode, Lindsey Wilson College

I would have liked to have seen the specials in a little larger type. This may have been a first place ad with just a slight alteration, but great use of color, art and copy.

Third Place

Julius Stallworth, Kentucky State University

I really like the map! Lots of good information can be found in this ad. It’s all easy to read thanks to your variations in color and size.

Honorable Mention

Matt Attaway, Somerset Community College

The message could stand to be just a little larger.

Best House Ad

A

First Place

Kelsey Spaulding, University of Kentucky

This ad just shows what can be accomplished in a small space ad. Nice job!

Second Place

Alex Weires, Western Kentucky University

Excellent ad! Really like the question mark face. If that doesn’t make you want to read the ad I don’t know what will!

Third Place

Steven Charny, Western Kentucky University

Very creative right brainer ad! Lots going on!

Honorable Mention

Jody Beamer, University of Kentucky

Great play on words! Graphic is fabulous!

Aliesha Flora, Morehead State University

Shading makes the ad stand out on the page.


Best House Ad

B

First Place

Kacie Goode, Lindsey Wilson College

What a clever idea! I really like the word find idea!

Second Place

Emily Lindeau, Northern Kentucky University

Very easy to read. Nice layout.

 

Design

Judged by Jeff Breaux, Vanderbilt Student Communications

Feature Page Layout

A

First Place

Spring 2011 Staff, Western Kentucky University

Great, clean design with very mature use of white space. Very polished layout. Great job not trying to do too much with all of the elements on the page. Great photos and good font choice.

Second Place

Andy Burress, University of Kentucky

Very nice illustration and placement on page. Nice, simple text treatment. Could possibly place text into two columns to make a little easier to read since the column is running almost 3/4 of the page. Nice use of colors.

Third Place

Andy Burress, University of Kentucky

Nice job carrying off the campaign-style art! Good use of color. Not too sure about the eyes in the illustration. Nice work making sure the other items on the page don’t compete with the main art or headline.

 

Honorable Mention

Baylee Pulliam, University of Louisville

Nice job organizing a lot of elements into a very clean and fun page. Good, subtle use of spot color.

Feature Page Layout

B

First Place

Riah Lawry, Asbury College

Very nice layout. Very organized and fun.

Second Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Very clean layout and nice organization. Good use of fonts and art.

Third Place

Anna Leon, Asbury College

Good, clean layout. Nice use of fonts and art. Try the menu with a light gray background to give the page a little more variety.

Honorable Mention

Erika Graham, Asbury College

Nice photo treatment and clean layout. Not sure if the cutout photo credit works.

Front Page Layout

A

First Place

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

Very nice front page! Great photo and nice text treatment. Very nice spacing and use of white space. This page has very nice breathing room. Good job!

Second Place

Spring 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Very well put together front page. Nice spacing and use of white space.

 

Third Place

Alex Lovan, University of Kentucky

Good clean design and nice spacing. “Sister act” headline could stand out a little more. Possibly a heavier version of this font or a slightly larger size. Possibly even in color or a light shade of gray.

Honorable Mention

Whitney Leggett, Eastern Kentucky University

Nice front pages. Good, clean design. Be careful with spacing. A few elements do not line up and do not stay within their columns.

Fall 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Nice page. Try to do a little more with your headline treatment on the “International Tuition” story. Plenty of space but a pretty basic treatment.

Front Page Layout

B

First Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Very Nice! Great color choice and use of art. Very fun!

Second Place

FrontpagelayoutBAU01-not on entry, Asbury College

Very pretty cover. Great choice of art and colors!

Third Place

Tyler Hoff, Asbury College

Nice design. Good photo and text treatment.

Honorable Mention

Sally Jagielski, Transylvania University

Nice page. Be careful with the use of too many fonts.

 

 

 

Informational Graphic

A

First Place

Spring 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Nice, fun layout with a good mix of elements to make the graphic very informative. Good job on the cutout and nice work on the headline and fonts used in the graphic.

Second Place

Emily Lindeau, Northern Kentucky University

Very nice layout and use of color. The graphic is very informative without going overboard. Could use a little more dominate headline font to make really pop.

Third Place

Alex Lovan, University of Kentucky

Nice, clean layout and great use of fonts to illustrate point and info. Try a little different approach to the colors used to make the graphic more interesting. Be careful on the rule lines around your boxes in the bar graph. This area could be a little more cleaned up.

Honorable Mention

Chris Phillips, Murray State University

Nice, clean work. Fun graphic. Could use a little more variations of grey to distinguish between the different days on the route.

Informational Graphic

B

First Place

Katelynn Ralston, Victoria Sullivan, Transylvania University

Nice graphic with helpful info. Fun treatment of fonts and graphics.

Second Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Nice use of art and text treatments.

Third Place

Kacie Goode, Lindsey Wilson College

Nice, clean layout. Good use of color and organization of elements.


Overall Layout

A

First Place

Fall 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Very nice issue! Great photos, fonts and use of color and white space throughout issue. Strong spacing between elements.

Second Place

Staff, University of Kentucky

Very nice paper! Good, clean design. Try a little more unique treatment of “CYMBALIC GESTURE” headline on front page. Try a rule line between editorial and advertising and a pica of white space on both sides of the line. The pages need a little more breathing room for your editorial elements.

Third Place

Whitney Leggett, Adam Turner, Jaclyn May, Courtney Leggett and Ryan Alves, Eastern Kentucky University

Very nice papers! Clean layout.

Honorable Mention

Northerner Staff, Northern Kentucky University

Clean layout and nice use of art. The “Search Firm” story really brings this issue together. Great work!

Staff, University of Kentucky

Nice paper. A little too busy on page 2. Try having your rule line continue instead of stopping for the sudoku. Black boxes on headers on page 4 and 5 are too dark. Try a light gray with a darker gray text.

Overall Layout

B

First Place

Staff, Asbury College

Very fun and organized layout! Great cover and excellent use of fonts, art and white space throughout issue.

Second Place

Staff, Asbury College

Another great issue. Not quite as fun as 1st place winner but still very consistent and clean design.

Third Place

Staff, Asbury College

Great job once again! Nice use of color and art in this issue. Clean design. A little too much white space in this issue. Work out the headlines a little better to not leave too much free space.

Honorable Mention

Staff, Transylvania University

Nice layout. Watch spacing in issue (especially page 3). Also, keep an eye on the trapped white space.

Staff, Transylvania University

Nice layout. Keep an eye on spacing and too many fonts. Rule lines are not always pulled to line up with other elements on page.

Special Section

A

First Place

Spring 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Very clean layout. Nice cover and great use of white space and fonts throughout the issue.

Second Place

Staff, University of Kentucky

Nice front page design and clean layout throughout. Try to find a way to carry through some element(s) from the cover throughout the issue–possibly the folio font. Great spacing and use of headline fonts and light grays.

Third Place

Staff, University of Kentucky

Nice cover and consistent use of elements for folios throughout issue. Be careful for trapped white space on page 7.

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Johnson & Staff, Murray State University

Very nice cover. However, the cover concept was not carried throughout the issue. Try to find some way to carry the look/concept throught the entire issue.

Staff, University of Kentucky

Nice cover for a fashion issue. Good, clean design throughout. A little too much going on with the ads and editorial. Try a little more white space between ads to give the page some room to breathe.


Sports Page Layout

A

First Place

Jody Beamer and Alex Lovan, University of Kentucky

Very fun, unique design. Great use of art, color and graphics to create a very professional looking page. GREAT JOB!

Second Place

Andy Burress, University of Kentucky

Very clean and nice section. Nice front page and very good spacing and white space throughout section.

Third Place

Andy Burress, University of Kentucky

Nice layout with good energy in dominant photo. Nice job of picking up the blue for your “4″. Good spacing and clean layout. Be careful of your trapped white space on the bottom center.

Honorable Mention

Alex Lovan, University of Kentucky

Nice job organizing multiple elements for a fun and clean design. Good use of light grays. Try to eliminate the trapped white space by the two photos on the bottom left of the page.

Sports Page Layout

B

First Place

Spring 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Very fun and clean page! Good dominant photo and text treatments!

Second Place

Erika Graham, Susannah Bretz, Asbury College

Very nice layout. Good photos and consistent color. Be careful at bottom with spacing on blue boxes. Blue color might work better as a soft blue or light gray.

Third Place

Erika Graham, Susannah Bretz, Asbury College

Fun page! Be careful with spacing around headline at top of page. Not enough breathing room for headline.

Honorable Mention

Sally Jagielski, Transylvania University

Nice page. Impact is a little too bold for a headline font on this feature. Try a thinner font and possible a shade of gray. Keep an eye on your rule lines they are not starting and stopping in correct places.

Student created art

A

First Place

Annie Erskine, Western Kentucky University

Very Nice Art. This shows a very professional use of software and understanding of shading. Great job!

Second Place

Not included on entry-story by John Minor, Northern Kentucky University

No entry info. (Student-CreatedArtFNKU01)    Great job with text treatment!

Third Place

Chris Phillips, Murray State University

Very nice art for page.

Honorable Mention

Erin Jackel, Murray State University

Nice art! Good use of color and shading. A little too much empty space in upper right corner. Try to spend a little more time with text treatment in graphic and possibly use some in the text treatment.

Chris Phillips, Murray State University

Nice, clean art and fun layout!

Student created art

B

First Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Great page! Nice use of art, color and headline treatment. Very fun!

Second Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Nice art and clean layout. Good use of colors and text treatments.

Third Place

Jennifer Godbey, Somerset Community College

Fun art. Nice effects and use of color.

Editing

Judged by Chris Carroll, Vanderbilt Student Communications

Best Feature Headline

A

First Place

Adam Turner, Eastern Kentucky University

Perfect pun headline. Works on many levels. Fun, tightly-written sub-head is icing on the cake.

Second Place

Shelisa Melendez, University of Kentucky

Perfect blend of regional spelling, cultural allusion and literal meaning.

Third Place

Charlotte Kyle, Murray State University

Clever juxtaposition of cliche against the literal context of the story.

Honorable Mention

Baylee Pulliam, University of Louisville

Terrific play on a pop culture phrase. It’s creative, appropriate and it fits the story.

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

Imaginative re-purposing of a common phrase.


Best Feature Headline

B

First Place

LeeAnn Cain, Lindsey Wilson College

Headline directly conveys what the story is about in a playful manner without resorting to semantic tricks that require context or interpretation. Serves both print readers and supports online search. Good job.

Second Place

Nicolas Schrager, Lindsey Wilson College

“Heat” and “passion” can be connected in many contexts and work well here to literally convey the work of a blacksmith. This works because of the subhead that tells the reader the craftsman is a blacksmith, rather than leaving him guessing. Strong display design over photo of fire.

Third Place

Hillary Fisher, Asbury College

Nice use of alliteration and analogy, however without additional context (deck/subhead), it’s a label head. Suggest either placing this as a display head over the photo along with a smaller descriptive head above the story, or adding a subhead, e.g., “natural plumage returns as hairstyle trend.”

Honorable Mention

Kristen Snyder, Georgetown College

Clever turn of a common phrase adds interest to this head and prompts curiosity to read the story.

Best News Headline

A

First Place

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

Beautifully executed play on pop-culture reference that applies perfectly to a breaking news story. Excellent!

Second Place

Jonathan Lintner, Western Kentucky University

Creative use of twist on fraternity name with pop culture reference that applies perfectly to the story subject.

 

Third Place

Baylee Pulliam, University of Louisville

Great application of literary allusion to national higher ed story with campus implications.

Honorable Mention

Baylee Pulliam, University of Louisville

Creative, contemporary twist on an old idiom that applies perfectly to the story.

Aaron Smith, University of Kentucky

Strong application of common phrase with contextual sub-head.

Best News Headline

B

First Place

LeeAnn Cain, Lindsey Wilson College

Not sure all readers (men) will get the “double pink line” reference to pregnancy tests, however, this is a clever headline that plants a mental image in readers’ minds of the balancing act pregnant students must perform. It works because of the subhead that makes that image clear.

Second Place

LeeAnn Cain, Lindsey Wilson College

Direct head that relies on shared cultural meme (storm chasers) to invoke curiosity about the story’s subject.

Third Place

Jake Hawkins, Transylvania University

I’m guessing that the “bubble” referenced in the first deck is the campus community “bubble,” which may be the common terminology on campus. For those of us not on campus, the second line of the head prompts real interest in a curiosity about the story.

Honorable Mention

LeeAnn Cain, Lindsey Wilson College

Clearly grabs attention and conveys the focus of the story. Might consider dropping the extra deck (“Conflict with jobs…”) and rely on the sub-head “Finishing college…” to do the job with fewer words.

James Huddleston, Transylvania University

Rare case when a short, compelling quote works in a headline and captures the essence of the subject.


Best Sports Headline

A

First Place

Zach Greenwell, Western Kentucky University

Expert reworking of an idiom to describe how a star recruit was landed. Creative and compelling.

Second Place

Tanner Hesterberg, Morehead State University

Subject’s name and achievement made for a potentially attention-grabbing headline. You split the uprights with this one.

Third Place

Nick Craddock, University of Kentucky

Masterful utilization of a well-known pop culture reference. Fits the story perfectly.

Honorable Mention

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

Great use of double-meaning of phrase to illustrate the story.

Tanner Hesterberg, Morehead State University

Great word play. Fun and fitting.

Best Sports Headline

B

First Place

Abby Ferguson, Transylvania University

Nice juxtaposition of “treading a shoeless adventure.” Fun word play while clueing the reader to the subject of the story.

Second Place

John Overby, Lindsey Wilson College

Great use of implementing a play on the subject’s name into the display head. Also strong design helps with bike performing a “rainbow” arc.

Third Place

Brooke Crum, Lindsey Wilson College

Strong main and sub-head, but it begged for something a little more creative. What a great opportunity: a walk-on race walker.

Features

Judged by Sandy Smith, formerly Nashville Tennessean

Feature story

A

First Place

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

The lead really grabs the reader – especially the kicker “and he didn’t even get to say goodbye.”     It’s a creative angle on a big story — UK beating UNC — and one that holds in its creativity through. The writer structured this article like an obituary and has shown a deft hand at maintaining that feeling throughout without pushing it too hard. Nice idea, nicely executed.

Second Place

Emily Patton, Western Kentucky University

Excellent job in asking some difficult questions for this piece. Opening the article with the mother’s raw emotion was powerful. It’s clear that this took quite a bit of time to pull this together. Many writers would have spoken to the parents and, having a powerful story, stopped. You pushed it to next level by talking to his friends and brother. Also, not sure if this was you or the photographer, but the additional level of information provided in the captions was outstanding.

Third Place

Martha Groppo, University of Kentucky

Nice to provide some context on why drawing the human form is so important to the quality of the art program. This was a “grown-up” way to approach this topic. Incorporating so many voices—from professors to students to models—added a depth to the topic.

Honorable Mention

Taylor Pettit, Eastern Kentucky University

Excellent lead and a very engaging way to begin the story. Don’t assume that readers know much about Japanese geography – help orient me to where the cities are that you’re talking about. How far away are they from the earthquake? Good job in getting numerous voices into this story.

Aaron Williams, University of Louisville

This is a strong features piece that takes a newsy approach. I’m always loathe to use anonymous sources, but there are approaches that would give credibility to this student’s story. How many students does U of L bust each year for illegal downloading? Have any ever been prosecuted? A little bit of context could negate the need for this anonymous source.


Feature story

B

First Place

Nicolas Schrager, Lindsey Wilson College

Outstanding use of descriptive writing, particularly using strong action verbs (engulfs, hiccups). The italicized portions, where much of the scene-setting is occurring, is written with more passion than the remainder of the article. Make sure that tone matches throughout.

Second Place

Leslie Moore, Lindsey Wilson College

Great job at including very important context – average life expectancy, size of family, income. These kinds of details really help fill in the blanks for readers who may understand that Uganda is impoverished, but these figures show just how serious the problem is. Even features stories need additional voices and this would have benefiting from speaking with someone at the college who knew him as a student.

Third Place

Matt Attaway, Somerset Community College

This story presents a great way to take a huge national issue and make it local, and to do so in a timely manner. This type of story could have been at any time, but coming off the Tucson shootings provided a local response to something that was in the national media.

Honorable Mention

Nadia Smith, Transylvania University

This story rests on the terrific anecdotes the professors tell and the writer does a nice job of adding in voice when it’s needed and getting out of the way when it’s not. Watch for quotes that can be strengthened by being trimmed or paraphrased rather than running on a bit too long.

Will Houp, Asbury College

Nice descriptive passages here, especially in describing the people featured in what they’re wearing and how they move. It’s great to broaden the story out with a second student who creates Apple products, but it might have been best to either feature him more or eliminate him altogether.

Judged by Paige Clancy, Vanderbilt Student Communications

General Interest Column

A

First Place

Dana Cole, Eastern Kentucky University

Dana is a skilled storyteller and writer. The piece was touching and very interesting, yet concise.

Second Place

Logan Todd, Morehead State University

Nicely argued and good job including informative news and facts.

Third Place

Tessa Duvall, Western Kentucky University

Colorful writing and funny with an interesting perspective on study abroad.

General Interest Column

B

First Place

Alex Cheser, Transylvania University

Colorful storytelling, great descriptions of food, nice history of people and business. Fun to read and compelling.

Second Place

Molly Crain, Transylvania University

Informative and interesting. Would have been stronger with a more concise commentary on media consumption habits. Instead, give that space over to more information about the store. Nice to hear from the owner of the store in the piece.

Third Place

Savannah Cox, Bellarmine University

Nice story. Could have been stronger if restructured to lead with “When I arrived in Granada, I was terrified.” Then, the information about the place and the school could follow later in the piece. Interesting details about the experience.

Judged by Sandy Smith, formerly of the Nashville Tennessean

Personality profile

A

First Place

Natalie West, Western Kentucky University

The essence of what makes a strong personality profile lies largely in the use of the voice of the subject. By drawing out the subject in interviews, the writer provided herself with a wealth of solid material to use. The writer then used those quotes well, in just the right amount. That combined with an ability to get her own words out of the way provided a compelling look into the subject’s life.

Second Place

Morgan Caldwell, Eastern Kentucky University

Writing about a legislator’s impact on the university was no easy assignment. Conveying the subject’s importance is a tall task, made even more difficult by the need to speak to a number of state representatives—never an easy bunch to get on the phone. Nice to round out the man and his impact on the university as well as his impact on the state legislature. Especially nice touch to include his sense of humor and what he’ll be doing next.

Third Place

Jamie Booth, Murray State University

Attention to detail pushed this entry into the winning category. By seeking out contextual statistics—the professor is the only one with 40 years experience and has served longer than any other professor in decades—the writer helps the reader easily understand why this subject is featured. It’s a lost art many times in feature writing. I do with there had been a few easy questions answered—why did her husband retire before she did? When does she plan to retire (if at all) and what are her five favorite movies.

Honorable Mention

Brandon Barb, Northern Kentucky University

Excellent balance of her personal story along with good fact-based information. The writer handled an emotional subject without becoming maudlin. It’s a nice deft touch and writing with a restrained hand.

Emily Patton, Western Kentucky University

Nice approach, especially with putting the news of his Boston Marathon finish so late in the article. The article was engaging and the quotes were well-used. I do with there had been a bit more attention to rounding out his whole life a bit rather than tightly focusing on his wheelchair racing.

Personality profile

B

First Place

Jessica Flores, Georgetown College

Nice, well-rounded profile that incorporates the professor’s off-campus life as well as the contributions she’s made to the college. There also are some nice throw-away elements that round out the subject more fully – the stake on her desk and the fact that she’s considering bidding online for a Shakespeare-shaped tea pot. This is a great way to add color and depth to a personality without spending too much time on facts that don’t merit it.

Second Place

Kaitlyn Mullins, Somerset Community College

A tightly focused profile that strings the instructor’s love of books—from her childhood to her cluttered office—throughout. While personality profiles often round out a person’s life, this example of keeping it  narrowly honed to one general topic works as well, especially because the writer packs a lot of information around the notion of the subject’s love of books.

Third Place

Jason Hood, Lindsey Wilson College

It’s always a terrific idea to round out people who are known for one skill—in this case basketball. By including interviews with his wife and his position as a chaplain do this well.

Honorable Mention

Abby Ferguson, Transylvania University

The story idea showcases a nice awareness of the campus. By including pertinent details such as NCAA rules, the writer has helped the readers to see the experience more fully.

Veronika Walker, Kentucky State University

It’s clear that the writer either did her homework before the interview or has a deep passion for the topic. Her understanding of the nuances of poetry come through and because of that, she was better able to draw the interview subject out on the topic.

Judged by Paige Clancy, Vanderbilt Student Communications

Review

A

First Place

Charlotte Kyle, Murray State University

Grabs the reader immediately. Beautifully written. Subject matter is local, which is more interesting and unique than just another review of a national act/book/movie. Background on recording and editing techniques by the artist is informative.

Second Place

Roxanna Blevins, Northern Kentucky University

Extremely interesting subject matter. Writer shows the reader something new and explains why it’s worth hearing. This piece acts as a translation for a reader who is interested in music but needs help understanding a genre like folk-metal. More balance could have been given to the second half of the album to round out the structure of the review. Very enjoyable to read.

Third Place

Matt Murray, University of Kentucky

Great imagery. Matt skillfully described the performers, the place, the people. The criticism of the main act was interesting and pretty well argued, but I wanted to hear more about the opener’s performance and the crowd’s reaction.

Review

B

First Place

Laura Laffoon, Asbury College

Great lead – puts the reader right into the story being reviewed.

Second Place

Mindy Borie, Transylvania University

Nice comparison of book and tv series.

Third Place

Holly Brown, Transylvania University

Very thorough and interesting.

News

Judged by Brenna Kelly, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Continuing News

A

First Place

Karli Wood, Northern Kentucky University

Wood’s stories about the combining of Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies is very complete. She does of good job of explaining what the University wants to do and who it will affect. She talks to students in the program and even finds out how other University’s minority programs work. The University withdrew the plan after outcry that was likely result of Wood’s stories.

Second Place

Brad Stephens, Cole Claybourn, Western Kentucky University

This is a great example of using the paper’s online site to publish stories on days the paper does not publish. Stephens goes a great job of getting the news of the coach’s DUI online – writing two stories the day of the arrest. Clayburn does great job following up and holding the athletics department accountable. I also liked that he asked the football players how they felt about the arrest.

Third Place

Cole Claybourn, Tessa Duvall, Katherine Wade, Western Kentucky University

These reporters do a good job with the story of a professor being fired. Clayburn uses the state’s open records law to get the story, then Duvall advances it when the professor files a lawsuit. Wade does a good job of making sure the story doesn’t go away by checking in with the attorneys.

Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Johnson, Nick Reside, Austin Ramsey, Murray State University

These students did a great job of talking to the student who filed the complaint and getting her to share the documents of the case. They also do a good job of following up with the professor’s side of the story. Finally they tell us the resolution of the case. However in the final story, I would have liked them to go one step further and report how much the University was paying the professor.

Eva McEnrue, Patrick T. Sullivan and Chase Sanders, University of Kentucky

Good job following an issue that students on campus are no doubt interested in. The last story, though coming from coverage of a meeting, does a good job of explaining how the revamped Rupp would be connected to campus.

Judged by Kevin Kelly, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Continuing News

B

First Place

Jake Hawkins, Charlie Zwischenberger, Erin Brock, Transylvania University

An enterprising and commendable effort by this group of reporters. The initial property records search and solid sourcing in the opening article provided the foundation. A list or locator map depicting the location of university-owned properties would have been helpful to readers of the first article who were not familiar with the area. Subsequent stories were strong, and the breaking news coverage showed the paper’s staff stayed on top of the issue. Good work.

Second Place

Victoria Engelhardt, Georgetown College

A nice example of taking ownership of a story from the outset and following it to completion. Engelhardt’s first story offers good background and information about the proposed residence hall, including the timetable and estimated costs. Thought it needed a paragraph about existing housing options and the total percentage of students living on campus. Move-in day was a good angle to wrap up the last story.

Third Place

Kendra Farmer, Miesha Glover, Lavonne Shephard, Kentucky State University

The reporters identified an issue – the lack of textbooks in the bookstore – that was affecting students, faculty and university staff and went to work covering it from different angles. Many powerful quotes from multiple sources. The reporters did a good job keeping the spotlight on the issue even as officials started taking steps to remedy the problem.

 

Honorable Mention

Erin Brock, Transylvania University

Laura Miller, Abby Ferguson, Molly Crain, Transylvania University

 

Judged by Kevin Kelly, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Investigative Reporting

A

First Place

Josh Moore, Western Kentucky University

Moore took a daunting topic – the university’s debt concerns – and produced a polished enterprise piece. The amount and quality of reporting, variety of sources, story organization and writing style distinguished this entry from others in the category. Creative design and informative graphics add to the strength of the package. Impressive.

Second Place

Taylor Moak, University of Kentucky

The opening paragraph of this article about the costly new office for the university’s former president is an attention grabber. And it was possible because Moak obtained the pertinent information through an open records request. Solid execution on a story that probably got the campus and community buzzing.

Third Place

Cole Claybourn, Western Kentucky University

Clayborn paints a detailed picture of a summer employment scam that led to suspensions of two basketball players by utilizing several sources of information, including personal records provided by the players. Glad the reporter made the effort to reach out to the company and hiring manager in question for comment.

Honorable Mention

Jesse Call, Northern Kentucky University

Olivia Medovich, Murray State University


Judged by Brenna Kelly, The Cincinnati Enquirer

Investigative Reporting

B

First Place

Kacie Goode, Lindsey Wilson College

Writer does a good job exploring a topic all college students care about – food. Goode quotes students who are affected by having to pay for more meals than they eat. Impressed by her effort to compare Lindsey Wilson to other similar colleges and to even quote officials at another school. However, some of most important information, that Lindsey Wilson is considering changes to the meal plan, was buried at the end of the story. The story could have had even more impact had that information been higher in the story.

Second Place

Jake Hawkins, Transylvania University

The writer does a great job using public records to examine the properties that the university owns. He then uses that information to talk to university officials about their plans. As a reader I was wanting to know more about these properties. What are they, where are they, how much did the university pay for them and how much are they worth now.

Third Place

Jane Brannen, Asbury College

Brannen uses a student who transferred into Asbury and one to who left to frame the issue of retention. Story would have been stronger if it included some statistics on the number of students leaving. I felt that the news – the registrar saying that more students are leaving – was buried midway through the story.

Honorable Mention

LeeAnn Cain, Lindsey Wilson College

Very complete story about retention at the school. I would have liked to hear more from former student such as why she left. Also the information about what the school plans to do to improve retention could have been played higher in the story.

Lavon Shephard, Kentucky State University

Interesting story about student sanctions. Shephard does a good job of talking to two students who have been sanctioned. However, I would have liked statistics on how many students are sanctioned each year. Story was also missing comment from school administrators.


Judged by Brenna Kelly, The Cincinnati Enquirer

News Story

A

First Place

Matt Murray, University of Kentucky

Well-written story following the protest at the capitol. Excellent reporting to spend time with protesters. Would like to have seen the UK student and the about section how the protesters feel about UK’s role in energy higher in the story.

Second Place

Rialda Zukic, Western Kentucky University

Great job reporting a story that will affect many students. Zukic explained how much more international students will have to pay take 15 hours. She also does a good job of talking to international students too see how it will affect their education.

Third Place

Tessa Duvall, Western Kentucky University

This reporter showed enterprise in going to Joplin with the student group. Great lede and really liked the ending and the ending quote.

Honorable Mention

Jesse Call, Northern Kentucky University

Very complete story about the proposed changes to rules for speakers on campus. Only thing missing was a comment from someone who regularly speaks on campus.

Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

Reporter did a good job laying out what happened and why it matters. Also like that she got the perspective of the sports management professor and the Herald-Leader editor.

News Story

B

First Place

Staff, Transylvania University

The Rambler staff gets the nod here for recognizing an opportunity to localize a national story and pulling it off in a timely manner. Certainly deserving of its Page 1 placement. While we’re on the topic of placement, the last paragraph illustrates how the “Occupy” movement had arrived on campus and needed to be higher in the story. Multiple voices added depth to the story. Good job.

Second Place

Crystal Passmore, Somerset Community College

The reporter took what might be considered a ho-hum topic and produced a solid story with good details and by quoting officials and students. Loved the “annoying” quote. Would have preferred to see the information about the expected completion date higher in the story. Also, what is the price tag for the project, and who’s paying for it?

Third Place

Jake Hawkins, Transylvania University

Fraternity members drinking live goldfish and allegedly assaulting three women who wanted to stop them? Not your every day story, and probably a difficult one to write on a small campus. Nice work by the reporter to request the incident report and still get the details without it.

Honorable Mention

Elisa Platillero, Asbury College

Kacie Goode, Lindsey Wilson College

Online

Judged by Bryan Murley, Center for Innovation in Collge Media, Eastern Illinois University

Multimedia

A

First Place

Becca Clemons and Tessa Lighty, University of Kentucky

Good use of video for a story with obvious visual appeal. Additional photos add depth to the entry.

Second Place

Taylor Moak, Latara Appleby and Becca Clemons, University of Kentucky

The video could have used more action shots in the first minute. Close-ups. The audio on the final interview is very low. Photo slideshow has a variety of wide, medium and closeups.

Third Place

Jerry Englehart Jr, Western Kentucky University

Needs explanatory text below the video. Blends stills and video well.

 

Overall Web Site

A

First Place

Staff, University of Kentucky

Well-organized with plenty of graphics on the front page, but still lots of white space. I would suggest making the “social buttons” on individual story pages a little less obtrusive. Plenty of entry points to related content. Well done.

Second Place

Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

Clean and organized front page, with a little too many headlines, add more photos to break up the text better. Nice public records page.

Third Place

Northerner Staff, Northern Kentucky University

well-organized front page. A little heavy on navigation elements. Dominant graphics grab attention.

Honorable Mention

Eli Phillips and Staff, Murray State University

Page design feels very blog-like. No news since December.

Opinions

Judged by Vanessa Gallman, Lexington Herald-Leader

Comic Strip or Panel

A

First Place

Brittany Granville, Northern Kentucky University

Appealing drawing style makes strip a fun read even when topics are as heavy as excessive consumerism, unemployment and weight gain.

Second Place

Nick Patton, Murray State University

Nice drawing. The Obama one explained well a complicated national issue and the Ky. senator in a jersey deserved a chuckle. At least one strip on a state/local/campus issue would have shown more range.

Third Place

Alex Lane, Murray State University

There is an interesting mind at work here, most apparent in the strip about old people. Needs to work on production quality and getting the message across effectively in the space provided.

Comic Strip or Panel

B

First Place

Andrew Williams, Transylvania University

This work shows strong art skills and an intriguing mind. It will be interesting to see where they take him as he challenges himself.

Second Place

Richard Rutledge, Asbury College

Quirky, but accessible, drawing style makes the work fun to and easy to read. Loved the Trojan horse toon.

Commentary

A

First Place

Cassidy Herrington, University of Kentucky

This 9/11 anniversary column managed to say a lot of thoughtful things without being preachy,sappy or overwrought. And it ended with an inspiring call to arms for a generation. That’s not easy to do.

Second Place

Logan Todd, Morehead State University

Pithy and passionate criticism of allowing concealed guns on campus. It has a fearless quality.

Third Place

Shannon Frazer, University of Kentucky

This was a cool, reasoned column on the hot-button issue of coal in Kentucky. It pricked consciences rather than slammed heads, which likely made it more effective.

 

Honorable Mention

Taylor Moak, University of Kentucky

While it took a while to get to the point,the column was a strong defense of journalistic principles during a challenging time for the paper.

Commentary

B

First Place

Kendra Farmer, Kentucky State University

This is a heartfelt, straightforward plea to the university to not lower the passing grade standards. An example of speaking truth to power.

Second Place

Athena Bowling, Somerset Community College

Some sympathy for the last brutal moments of the Libyan dictator’s life was something many people likely felt, despite themselves. The writer had the courage and skill to explain it. Thought-provoking.

Third Place

Ethan Smith, Georgetown College

Straightforward questioning about how  love of sports can overshadow moral responsibility in Penn State sex abuse tragedy. Covered a lot of ground in tight space.

Honorable Mention

Matt Attaway, Somerset Community College

“Growing old in the Internet age” blends a news item about gaming-research with an account of his passion and then diminished interested in gaming. It makes an interesting read.

Megan Ray, Lindsey Wilson College

The writer’s criticism of a planned “Womanless Beauty Pageant” takes a while to get going but when it does, it becomes a passionate demand to really see the anti-woman messages we send, even in good fun.

Editorial

A

First Place

Editorial board, University of Kentucky

A succinct, forceful, fair demand for the university president to be a leader. It doesn’t get more powerful than that.

Second Place

editorial board, Western Kentucky University

Editorial on campus smoking policy got right to the point, offered an alternative policy and issued a call to action in a tight space. Impressive.

Third Place

editorial board, Eastern Kentucky University

A new caste system for student organizations was a great topic, although the writing was a bit melodramatic for the information available. Good to see a campus paper stand up for student rights. Nice illustration.

Editorial

B

First Place

editorial board, Transylvania University

Strong, well-reasoned editorial on changing the recruitment schedule of Greek organizations. Good job.

Second Place

editorial board, Kentucky State University

Endorsements for Student Government Association are often challenging tasks for campus papers. This was comprehensive and respectful of the candidates.

Editorial Cartoon

A

First Place

Lea Faske, Morehead State University

Fine, detailed drawings with lots of depth and detail and interesting points of view. Favorite is the one on campus smoking. Appreciate the time and thought it takes to communicate without a lot of captions.

Second Place

Christopher Epling, University of Kentucky

The cartoons are nicely drawn,appealing and easy to understand — the one on 9/11 anniversary especially. But they were easy, even mundane, points to make.

Third Place

Walter Deller, Northern Kentucky University

Fell in love with the cartoon on the closed financial aid office. A lot of emotion in such a deceptively simple presentation.

Honorable Mention

Darren Vogt, Western Kentucky University

The cartoon about claiming the prize of WKU admission made one laugh and say “ouch.” Focus on distilling all your points to something that simple and powerful.

Opinion Pages

A

First Place

Alli Collis, Morehead State University

This was a strong entry full of good cartoons,editorials and columns about state or campus issues. The campus comment feature is well-presented; the look overall is crisp, clean and inviting. Great job.

Second Place

Brian Hancock, University of Kentucky

Good touch to publish quotes and tweets about the paper’s conflict with athletics. Strong cartoon and good writers who can make points in limited space.

Third Place

Seth Littrell and Kaylia Cornett, Eastern Kentucky University

This entry is full of opinion and the space to display it. A little more creativity in design would make it sparkle. Strong editorials.

Honorable Mention

Spring 2011 Herald Staff, Western Kentucky University

The Tops& Bottom feature is clever and the pages are crisp and appealing. The size of the display of both a cartoon and a comic strip takes over the page and reduces space that could be used for letters and other opinion. The box with all the names also overwhelms.


Opinion Pages

B

First Place

editorial board, Transylvania University

Entry shows a nice variety of information, from clear editorials, columns from the political right and left, quotes from students and letters. With one page, it’s best to standardize the boilerplate info in as small a space as possible, so you know exactly how much space to fill.

Second Place

newspaper staff, Lindsey Wilson College

This page has an interesting mix of topics and seems basically a place to showcase staffers. However, the writing needs to be tightened so that at least three offerings can fit. All the masthead and boilerplate info can be tightened up as well. It could also benefit from a more feature-like design — one dominant illustration, for example.

Photo

Judged by Greg Cooper, Brooks Institute

Feature Photo

A

First Place

Britney McIntosh, University of Kentucky

Great job on getting the under water shot, but that alone wouldn’t have been enough for me, you also managed a great moment. Just an overall great feature to illustrate this story.

Second Place

Ryan Stone, Western Kentucky University

Nice picture, great moment, wonderful POV – I feel like I’m in the audience watching the performance. Also, nice job with getting separation between the people in the audience and the circus announcer.

Third Place

Cooper Burton, Western Kentucky University

Great moment, certainly carries this picture. Also, nice job on the lighting and framing of your subject.

 

Honorable Mention

Leslye Davis, Western Kentucky University

Wonderful POV and great moment. Nice job thinking on your toes, getting the shot!

Feature Photo

B

First Place

Riah Lawry, Asbury College

Great shot and wonderful way to lead the package. Love the moment (especially the reactions in the background) and on top of that, technically great. Nice job!

Second Place

Zach Wilson, Asbury College

The great moment carries this picture. Wonderful faces and technically proficient. Great job!

Third Place

Jennifer Godbey, Somerset Community College

Great point of view and nice job getting their faces in the shot along with showing the environment – which is key to illustrate the story.

Judged by Clay Jackson, The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Ky.

News Photo

A

First Place

Tessa Lighty, University of Kentucky

Great angle and eye catching.  Easy to read what is going on in the photo.

Second Place

Leslye Davis, Western Kentucky University

Nice direction of the three subjects in the photo.

Third Place

Brandon Goodwin, University of Kentucky

Nice emotion

Honorable Mention

Jerry Englehart Jr., Western Kentucky University

The photo tells the story. It’s hard covering a accident.

Austin Ramsey, Murray State University

Nice depth of field.

Judged by Clay Jackson, The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Ky.

News Photo

B

First Place

Riah Lawry, Asbury College

Good angle and lighting with it being tough

Second Place

Brownrygg Woolls, Asbury College

Nice moment

Third Place

Sam Withey, Asbury College

Nice portrait and use of the photo on the page.

Judged by Greg Cooper, Brooks Institute

Photo story

A

First Place

Brandon Goodwin, University of Kentucky

Great story and extremely well illustrated. Good moments, great access and variety. Way to stick with the story.

Second Place

Jabin Botsford, Western Kentucky University

Nice job, love the way it was shot, the moments and variety of subject matter.

 

Third Place

Michael Rivera, Western Kentucky University

Your package has a lot of graphic appeal – especially the lead shot. It is also shot very well. The moments are solid and good job with variety.

Honorable Mention

Britney McIntosh, University of Kentucky

The graphic appeal of the lead shot carries this package, nice job with that. The story is well illustrated and moments are solid.

Photo story

B

First Place

Kacie Goode, LeeAnn Cain, Matthew Hicks, and Tiffany Berger, Lindsey Wilson College

Powerful set of images, great faces, awesome variety and nicely displayed (although not key to winning). A very solid effort, nice job telling the story of a segment of our society that most people don’t know enough about.

Second Place

Riah Lawry, Sam Withey, Asbury College

Wow, great job covering Keeneland or any equestrian event. Great moments and very nice variety. Solid effort.

Third Place

Katelynn Ralston, Transylvania University

Very nice package on a “day in the life” -style story. Fantastic variety, decent moments and well shot. Nice job!

Judged by Clay Jackson, The Advocate-Messenger in Danville, Ky.

Sports Photo

A

First Place

Jabin Botsford, Western Kentucky University

Great capture to wiggle your way to get the shot.

 

Second Place

Britney McIntosh, University of Kentucky

Great crop and point of focus. Cudos for running the photo big.

Third Place

Christian Randolph, Western Kentucky University

Great action shot! easy to read and sharp!

Honorable Mention

Quianna Lige, University of Kentucky

Great moment!

Latara Appleby, University of Kentucky

Great lighting.

Sports Photo

B

First Place

Rebecca Baker, Asbury College

nice moment

Second Place

Rebecca Baker, Asbury College

nice reaction photo

Third Place

Aaron Holmes, Asbury College

Nice action shot

 

 

Sports

Judged by Barry Reeves, Sporting news

Sports Column

A

First Place

Cole Claybourn, Western Kentucky University

Cole wrote a smart, timely column. His opinion surely bucked common thought around campus, but it was blunt and smart and not condescending. Well done.

Second Place

Tanner Hesterberg, Morehead State University

Third Place

Jonathan Lintner, Western Kentucky University

We really liked Jonathan’s writing. He is no doubt the best “writer” in this category, but all of his submissions were feature stories rather than columns.

Honorable Mention

Aaron Smith, University of Kentucky

Jonathan Lintner, Western Kentucky University

Sports Column

B

First Place

Erin Brock (Lane/Calipari), Transylvania University

The good columnists get out in the field and report. That doesn’t necessarily mean they’re quoting people left and right but they’re talking to people and watching with a careful eye. Erin, unlike her competitors in this category, got off the couch and hit the hardwood and reported her piece.

Second Place

Andy Russell (Wheldon death), Georgetown College

Third Place

John Overby (NBA lockout), Lindsey Wilson College


Sports Feature

A

First Place

Aaron Smith (Hoops freshmen), University of Kentucky

A great feature starts with great reporting. Aaron provided a well-sourced story and provided insight into UK’s four famous freshmen basketball players. Considering this was a story being told by many pros, Aaron was able to create a story device to tell each of the four players’ stories in a concise manner and yet still be able to educate the causal fan but  tell devoted UK fans something they didn’t know about the players. Job, well done.

Second Place

Cole Claybourn (Gordon), Western Kentucky University

This was the toughest category to judge. Cole’s story is the second-best story of all submitted in the Sports categories. It’s nicely reported and well written.

Third Place

Jonathan Lintner (message boards), Western Kentucky University

Honorable Mention

Marsha Groppo (food services), University of Kentucky

Brad Stephens (fishing for a pitcher), Western Kentucky University

Sports Feature

B

First Place

John Overby (football head injuries), Lindsey Wilson College

Jeff did a nice job of taking a major national story and providing a local angle.

Second Place

John Overby (BMX), Lindsey Wilson College

Third Place

Abby Ferguson (tennis brothers), Transylvania University

Honorable Mention

Brooke Crum (race walker), Lindsey Wilson College

Carlos Melger (women hoops scorers), Transylvania University


Sports Game Story

A

First Place

Les Johns (women vs. Duke), University of Kentucky

Les’ story did everything a gamer should: He was able to articulate the stakes of the game, provide game details and strategy and tap into the emotion of the night.

Second Place

Ethan Levine (football vs. Tenn.), University of Kentucky

Third Place

Jonathan Lintner (women vs. Arkansas St.), Western Kentucky University

Honorable Mention

Tanner Hesterberg (OVC title), Morehead State University

Aaron Smith (Elite Eight win), University of Kentucky

Sports Game Story

B

First Place

Abby Ferguson (vs. UK), Transylvania University

Love how Abby worked to intermix her observations with the quotes, to further the story. Loved the Lane/broom practice story and would’ve preferred it up higher, but she wins this category because it was obvious that she outworked her competition in this category, talking to more people to provide her readers better insight.

Second Place

Ray Hupfer (hoops national title), Bellarmine University

Third Place

Ray Hupfer (Elite Eight hoops), Bellarmine University

Honorable Mention

Will Houp (soccer/Popp), Asbury College

Jeremiah Gonia (soccer 8-0 win), Asbury College


Sports News Story

A

First Place

Brad Stephens (bowl drama), Western Kentucky University

Anybody can cover a press conference.  This wasn’t a complicated story, but Brad went above and beyond in getting the ESPN sources on the record about why the network didn’t push any of its minor bowls to take WKU. That gave him the edge over two well-written press conferences pieces from the Kernel lacking only such second-level reporting.

Second Place

Ben Jones (Cobb announcement), University of Kentucky

Third Place

Taylor Moak/Rachel Aretakis (AD’s daughter), University of Kentucky

Honorable Mention

Cole Claybourn (Guidry DUI), Western Kentucky University

Stephen Wilder (Div. I budget), Northern Kentucky University

Sports News Story

B

First Place

Jeremiah Gonia (freshman transfers), Asbury College

Jeremiah showed nice enterprise here, noticing a trend in freshman transfers and then working to explain the reasoning behind so many basketball transfers at his school. Well done.

Second Place

Abby Furguson  (lacrosse startup), Transylvania University

Third Place

Victoria Engelhardt (Div III), Georgetown College

Honorable Mention

Richard Carver (football recruiting), Lindsey Wilson College

Victoria Engelhardt (Bengals training camp), Georgetown College


 

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