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GRCC’s student newspaper brings home wealth of awards from MCCPA annual conference

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From left to right, Web Editor Chris Powers, Sports Editor Zach Watkins, Faculty Adviser Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, Editor-in-Chief Joshua Vissers, Greg Wickliffe, Multimedia Editor Clayton Cummins, News Editor Jacquelyn Zeman and A&E Editor Shelby Corliss, The Collegiate's group of representatives at Central Michigan University.
From left to right, Web Editor Chris Powers, Sports Editor Zach Watkins, Faculty Adviser Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, Editor-in-Chief Joshua Vissers, Greg Wickliffe, Multimedia Editor Clayton Cummins, News Editor Jacquelyn Zeman and A&E Editor Shelby Corliss, The Collegiate's group of representatives at Central Michigan University.
From left to right, Web Editor Chris Powers, Sports Editor Zach Watkins, Faculty Adviser Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood, Editor-in-Chief Joshua Vissers, Greg Wickliffe, Multimedia Editor Clayton Cummins, News Editor Jacquelyn Zeman and A&E Editor Shelby Corliss, The Collegiate’s group of representatives at Central Michigan University.

A delegation from The Collegiate traveled to Central Michigan University on Saturday to attend the Michigan Community College Press Association Annual Conference, where the staff brought home a total of 21 awards, including first place for In-Depth Reporting and Editorial. The event, hosted by CMU’s journalism department, is centered around journalism awards ranging from Cartoon Editorial to General Excellence.

This year’s event featured talks led by professionals from The Detroit News, Amelia Eramya and Chad Livengood, Brian Manzullo of the Detroit Free Press, Ken Stevens of the Muskegon Chronicle and Betsy Rau, journalism professor at CMU. Erik ‘Captain Career’ Simon, Assistant Director of CMU Career Services, also gave a presentation about building a personal brand.

Photo by Jacquelyn Zeman
Jiafei Yin, Chairperson of the CMU Journalism program, opened the event with words of congratulations and encouragement.

This year’s Collegiate winners:

The Collegiate Staff   

– General Excellence, 2nd place

– Editorial, 1st place SLAC slacking on pact with students

– Editorial, 2nd place Free our financial aid for textbooks

– Front Page Design, 3rd place November 2013, February 2014, March 2014

– Video Production, 2nd place The Collegiate News Update

Clayton Cummins, Multimedia Editor Fall 2013 – Winter 2014

– In-Depth Reporting, 1st place Life’s a Drag: My night as a Drag Queen

– Multi-Media Reporting, 2nd place Drag kings and queens strut their stuff for GRCC’s StandOUT organization (VIDEO)

Joshua Vissers, Editor-in-Chief, Fall 2013 – Winter 2014

– Student Journalist of the Year, 2nd place

– First Amendment writing, 3rd place Trustee Ryskamp renews criticism of Diversity Lecture Series

– News Story, 3rd place Emergency response plan updated for Active Shooter situations

– In-Depth Reporting, 2nd place Back to Nature

Sara Juarez, Staff Writer

– Serious Column, 3rd place Leaving politics out of immigration

– Informational Graphic, 2nd place Title graphic of What will you do for the rest of your life?

Justin Dawes, Editor-in-Chief, Fall 2012 – Winter 2013

– Personality Profile, Honorable Mention David Cope: The People’s Poet

– News Story, 2nd place Former GRCC bookstore manager admits to faking buybacks and selling stolen electronics on eBay to scam more than $100,000

Chris Powers, Web Editor, Fall 2012 – Winter 2014

– Serious Column, 2nd place Your social network is just one big echo chamber of news

Zachary Watkins, Sports Editor Winter 2014

– Personality Profile, 2nd place No Limits – a student musician plays on despite challenges

Sarah Davis, Photo Editor Fall 2013 – Winter 2014, and

Jacquelyn Zeman, News Editor Fall 2013 – Winter 2014,

– Photo Essay, 2nd place Page 8 – 9, September 2013

Rachael Ocampo, Staff Writer

– Feature Story, 3rd place When They Come Home

Greg Wickliffe, Staff Writer

– Sports Feature Story, 3rd place Built Raider Tough

Teagan Burns, Sports Editor Fall 2013, and

Jerry Jones, Staff Writer

– Cartoon Editorial, Honorable Mention Page 12, November 2013