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The Collegiate wins best news website from MCCPA among more than 20 awards in two state competitions

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The Collegiate staff, winter 2020 semester.

While the annual Michigan Community College Press Association conference was postponed until fall, the contest awards were announced virtually with The Collegiate winning First Place for News Website as well as 14 other MCCPA awards.

The success of GRCC’s student publication is particularly noteworthy, given the staff’s recent transition to remote reporting during Michigan’s stay-at-home order.

“The Collegiate staff have adapted to the unprecedented times the world has been thrust into,” said Collegiate Co-Editor-in-Chief, Brianna Wetherbee. “Since the outbreak of COVID-19 in Michigan, all reporting has been done remotely. It was a unique challenge for everyone. And yet, our writers have continued to provide daily coverage relevant to our audience, the students and faculty of Grand Rapids Community College. Thank you to the MCCPA for recognizing our efforts. Receiving the best News Website award is a great accomplishment that reflects the tireless work put in by all on staff at The Collegiate. I am proud to work amongst this talented cohort of writers as we all continue to develop our craft.”

The MCCPA awarded The Collegiate an honorable mention for general excellence. Below is a list of the other awards won by The Collegiate:

Best News Website – The Collegiate, First Place

Editorial – The Collegiate written by Lucas Southwell, First Place, One Vote Should Equal One Vote

Editorial – The Collegiate written by Brianna Wetherbee, Third Place, We need more information: the shortcomings of class selection process at GRCC

Awards won by individuals:

News Story – Tatiana Diaz, Third Place, Supporters and protestors gather downtown ahead of the MAGA rally at Van Andel Arena Thursday
In-Depth Enterprise – Connor MacLachlan, Second Place tie, GRCC students react to tuition increase

Serious Column Tatiana Diaz, Honorable Mentions, Column: It’s International Women’s Day, where’s my flower?

Humor Column – Jamie Miller, Second Place, End of Nerd Nirvana: A Requiem for Grand Rapids Comic-Con 2019

Sports News Story – Matthew Scheidel, First Place, New GRCC men’s basketball coach Jeff Bauer is ready to continue the winning culture started by his predecessors

Sports Feature Story – Joshua Carlson, Second Place, From Portage to the Pros

Sports Feature Story – Matthew Scheidel, Third Place, Stephanie Kruskie leading the Raiders’ softball team on and off the field

Sports Column – Matthew Scheidel, Second Place, Having the Rays play in two cities is a really dumb idea

Photo Essay Digital Slide Show – Jack Hervela, Third Place, Supporters and protestors gather downtown ahead of the MAGA rally at Van Andel Arena Thursday

Headline Writing – Jamie Miller, Honorable Mention, The Horror of Mediocrity: The Failings of ‘Gretel and Hansel’

Multimedia Reporting – Sabrina Edwards, Second Place, Mops, brooms, bleach, and colored pencils: the creative life of a GRCC custodian

The Collegiate also recently won eight awards from the Michigan Press Association. 

Jack Hervela won first place for his column “A journalist’s truth.” Mike Staley had an honorable mention for “Williamson’s injury ignites another pay for play debate.”

Lisa Stapel placed third in editorials for “Editorial: We see what you did there.” Staple placed third in feature story for “365 Days of Katie documents emotional year for Michigan artist.” As well as second place in investigative reporting for “Who’s that girl?

Jake Goldberg placed first in multimedia reporting for “American College Tuition Has Gotten Out Of Hand & How It Differs Around The World.”

Tatiana Diaz placed second for “GRCC Volleyball team safely home after Hurricane Lane delayed their homecoming.”

Aaron Stoner placed third for sports photography for his photos in “GRCC holds off Glen Oaks in overtime thriller.”

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