West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s student newspaper The Chronicle recently won three awards in the West Virginia Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest. The annual competition honors the state’s top newspapers.
Because the contest does not offer a collegiate category, students must compete against professional journalists. WVU Parkersburg and WVU were the only two colleges accepting awards this year.
WVU Parkersburg’s campus newspaper, “The Chronicle,” received three awards.
Sam Berg earned first place for best lifestyle columnist with her column, “Student looks back as spring semester ends.” Jeremy Harrison, Allison Hilber, Susan Moore, Jason Ross, Rachel Terzo and Jessica Thompson received second place in the service to the community category for their work on the Bright Ideas Energy Expo held earlier in the year at WVU Parkersburg.
Olivia Hefner and Sami Daggett received second place in the best special section category for their editorial and layout work on the January 2013 WVU Parkersburg Alumni Issue.
“The students in the journalism program are performing at a professional level while still in college courses. This is very promising for the future of the program and for the careers of these students. They are sure to be productive alumni of WVU Parkersburg,” said Torie Jackson, coordinator of the journalism program. “I look forward to attending the conference next year with students as they garner more awards for their exceptional work in the field of journalism.”
WVU Parkersburg alumni also accepting awards included Richard Moore of the St. Marys Oracle and Matthew Burdette of The Inter-Mountain in Elkins. Moore serves as sports editor of the St. Marys Oracle. Burdette serves as executive editor of The Inter-Mountain, which received the most awards of any paper in the state, including “Newspaper of the Year.”