Collegian, Dragon’s Tale do well at state competition

Collegian, Dragon’s Tale do well at state competition

By Pablo Sanchez
Campus Editor

The Hutchinson Collegian, the student newspaper of Hutchinson Community College, took home nearly 30 awards at the annual Kansas Collegiate Media convention in Wichita.

The convention was April 7-8 at the Drury Inn in Wichita.

Brenna Eller, Little River sophomore, is the Collegian’s Editor In Chief and won the most awards – 10. She was also the second runner-up for two-year-college journalist of the year. But Eller, a journalism major, was more interested in what she could do to improve The Collegian the rest of this year and beyond. The Collegian, for the second straight year, received the Silver Medal for overall excellence.

“Definitely trying to see what the other papers are doing, see how we can get better, or the staff to get better next year, to try to get first place,” Eller said. “I think overall though, we had great work that was submitted and that everyone worked hard for what they put into the paper.

Students went to breakout sessions, where they learned about the world of journalism. Social media was one of the main topics this year, as that was the subject Derby journalism teacher Joanna Chadwick spoke about, as did the April 8 keynote speaker, Ben Gardner, better known as “Trooper Ben” on Twitter.

Aided by the number of awards, Eller said she hopes more students consider either majoring in journalism, or at least joining The Collegian or Dragon’s Tale Magazine.

The Chief encourages students who are not taking journalism should try it out

“Really, anyone can write. It just takes the interest,” Eller said. “Think about what you are interested in. For some people, its sports, entertainment, some of it just news related or political. Try to get into writing about it and see what comes out of it.”

HutchCC student publication awards at the KCM convention. Students listed by home town, and if they have graduated and transferred, their current school is included.

Two-Year College Division Journalist of the Year

Second runner-up – Brenna Eller, Little River (Collegian)

All School Individual Awards

First Place in Photo Essay – Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson (Dragon’s Tale)

Second Place in Illustration & Infographics – Allison Hipsher, Maize, (Collegian)

Third Place in Illustration & Infographics – Isabelle Caldwell, Ozawkie (Collegian)

Third Place in Photo Essay – Samantha Rios, Hutchinson (Dragon’s Tale)

Honorable Mention in Ad Design – Dragon’s Tale staff

Two-Year Newspaper

First Place

Sports Newswriting – Amanda Carney, Wichita

Front Page Design – Brenna Eller, Little River

Page Design – Amanda January, Little River

Sports/Action Photography – Allie Schweizer, Nickerson (now at Fort Hays State)

Second Place

Copy Editing – Tabitha Barr, Nickerson

News/Event Photography – Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson

Front Page Design – Brenna Eller, Little River

Page Design – Brenna Eller, Little River

Sports Feature Writing – Brenna Eller, Little River

Third Place

Sports Newswriting – Lucas Barlow, Inman

Sports Feature Writing – Rebecca Carney, Wichita

Editorial Writing – Brenna Eller, Little River

Front Page Design – Brenna Eller, Little River

Sports/Action Photography, Brenna Eller, Little River

Review Writing – Jack Greenwood, Valley Center (now at Emporia State)

Page Design – Amanda January, Little River

Copy Editing – Jared Shuff, Hutchinson

Honorable Mention

Editorial Writing – Merissa Anderson, Assaria (now at Kansas State)

News/Event Writing – Merissa Anderson, Assaria

Sports Feature Writing – Lucas Barlow, Inman

Sports Newswriting – Lucas Barlow, Inman

Sports Feature Writing – Rebecca Carney, Wichita

Feature Writing – Brenna Eller, Little River

Headlines/Artistic Headline Design – Brenna Eller, Little River

The Collegian newspaper – Overall Silver Medalist in the two-year newspaper division and Honorable Mention in Ad Design – Special Sections, Publications or Innovations

Yearbook & Magazine

First Place

News/Event Photography – Samantha Rios, Hutchinson

Second Place

Cover Design – Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson

Headline/Artistic Headline Design – Samantha Rios, Hutchinson

News/Event Photography – Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson

Table of Contents Design – Allison Hipsher, Maize

Third Place

Headline/Artistic Headline Design – Shannon Leininger, Newton             

Honorable Mention

Feature Photography – Sydnee Shive, Mount Hope

Feature Writing – Shannon Leininger, Newton

Table of Contents Design – Allison Hipsher, Maize

Table of Contents Design – Dustin Curiel, Hutchinson

Page Design – Sydnee Shive, Mount Hope

Page Design – Alexa Flores, Hutchinson

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