Student journalists from The State News received 27 awards in the Michigan Press Association's 2019 College Better Newspaper Contest.
More than 1,044 entries submitted by 20 Michigan college newspapers were reviewed by members of the Montana Press Association.
The State News was named College Newspaper of the Year in the category for newspapers publishing weekly, and received 1,370 points, more than any other collegiate newspaper in the competition. The entries represented work done during the 2018-19 year.
"I'm incredibly proud of the hard work all the reporters, photographers and editors did throughout the year," Marie Weidmayer, The State News' 2018-19 editor-in-chief, said. "We were able to handle all the curveballs thrown at us and write award-winning articles and take amazing photos, and I'm so grateful to have worked with so many talented people."
The State News received a range of awards, including prizes in photography, writing, page design and advertising. With the exception of the advertising awards, all awards won by The State News are in the newspapers publishing weekly division.
College Newspaper of the Year:
The State News
Anna Liz Nichols, third place.
Submitted works for this award: Original MSU alumni magazine leaked, A dog named Justice: After a 'career change,' survivors receive support and Federal report: 'No way' for MSU to remedy past Clery Act violations.
Chase Michaelson, third place.
State News Editorial Board, second place.
Best Feature Story:
Matt Schmucker, second place.
Madison O'Connor, third place.
Best Investigative Reporting:
Anna Liz Nichols, second place.
C.J. Moore, third place.
Mila Murray, first place.
Best Sports News/Features:
Chase Michaelson, first place.
Matt Zubik, first place.
Submitted works for this award:
Best Feature Photo:
Sylvia Jarrus, first place
MHSAA Divison 1 Finals
Matt Zubik, third place
MSU student plays at jazz festival
Best News Photo:
Matt Zubik, first place
Outside CNN's Democratic Debate
Matt Zubik, second place
Cedar Village Riot
Nic Antaya, Honorable Mention
Cedar Village Riot
Best Sports Photo:
Anntaninna Biondo, first place
Michigan State vs. Central Michigan
Annie Barker, third place
MSU vs. Duke
Best Front Page Design:
Lauren Gewirtz and Daena Faustino, third place.
The Plight of the Unpaid Intern.
Lauren Gewirtz and Daena Faustino, Honorable Mention.
Who run the world? Girls.
Best Non-Front Page Design:
Lauren Gewirtz, Anna Nichols and Matt Schmucker, first place.
Greenwashed: The rewriting of the alumni magazine.
Best Single Ad:
Courtney McKown, second place.
Harper's — Best of MSU.
Courtney McKown, third place.
Campbell's Market Basket.
Courtney McKown, honorable mention.
Denise Wagner Graduation Announcement.
Best Special Advertising Section:
State News Staff, second place.
Best of MSU 2019.