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The Collegiate wins first place news website and other awards at the MCCPA annual conference Saturday

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The Collegiate reporters pose for a photo with their award for First Place News Website during the 2019 MCCPA Annual Conference at Central Michigan University on April 6, 2019 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. (Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood - The Collegiate Adviser)

The Michigan Community College Press Association held its annual conference on Saturday at Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan where The Collegiate won First Place News Website among other awards.

The conference is held yearly at CMU and the MCCPA presents Michigan community colleges with awards for excellence in journalism. This year, The Collegiate took home a total of 23 awards in many categories, including news reporting, in-depth reporting and photography.

Team awards for The Collegiate were:

News Website – The Collegiate, First Place

Photo Essay or Digital Slideshow – The Collegiate Staff, First Place – “About 4,000 West Michigan residents gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for March for Our Lives

Individual awards for Collegiate reporters were:

Student Journalist of the Year: Division I – Tatiana Diaz

News Story – Tatiana Diaz, Honorable Mention – “Community marches for immigrant rights in Grand Rapids Tuesday

In-Depth Enterprise Reporting – Tessa Osborne, First Place – “What are ‘finstas’ and how are they impacting young adults’ mental health?

Feature Story – Dylan Vanderson, Second Place – “My Battle With Bulimia

Feature Story – Tatiana Diaz, Third Place – “Looking ahead: the road to motherhood

Column, Serious – Lisa Stapel, Honorable Mention – “Tired of compromising travel plans? Travel solo for the win.

Critical Review – Jake Goldberg, Honorable Mention – “Review: Venom Is Indeed A Movie

Sports News Story – Mike Staley, Second Place – “GRCC students react to Nike’s new ad campaign” Collegiate reporters Matthew Scheidel and Jack Hervela contributed to this story.

Sports Column – Matthew Scheidel, Third Place – “MLB players versus owners only hurt the fans

Sports Column – Mike Staley, Honorable Mention – “Williamson’s injury ignites another pay for play debate

News Photo – Najd Ayari, First Place – “About 4,000 West Michigan residents gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for March for Our Lives” – Photo 1 in slideshow

News Photo – Harrison DiCocco, Third Place – “About 4,000 West Michigan residents gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for March for Our Lives” – Cover photo

Feature Photo – Karl Blessing, First Place – “Water lanterns lit up the night at Millennium Park” – Cover photo

Sports News Photo – Aaron Stoner, Second Place – “GRCC holds off Glen Oaks in overtime thriller” – Cover photo

Photo Essay or Digital Slideshow – Karl Blessing, Second Place – “Water lanterns lit up the night at Millennium Park

Photo Essay or Digital Slideshow – Aaron Stoner, Honorable Mention – “GRCC holds off Glen Oaks in overtime thriller

Best Blog – Jack Hervela, First Place – This Week in 5

Best Blog – Mike Staley, Second Place – This Week in Sports

Best Blog – Tara Woods, Honorable Mention – This Week in Hollywood

Multimedia Reporting: Division I – Jake Goldberg, First Place – “American College Tuition Has Gotten Out Of Hand & How It Differs Around The World

Video Production/Audio Slideshow – Karl Blessing, First Place – “About 4,000 West Michigan residents gathered in Rosa Parks Circle for March for Our Lives

The conference also hosted a keynote speaker to address the student journalists and their advisers before the awards ceremony. This year’s keynote speaker, John Bebow, president and CEO of the Center for Michigan and Bridge Magazine, addressed the room with his speech “Journalism Isn’t Dead. It’s Just Changing.”

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