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The Collegiate wins Division III College Newspaper of the Year in 2021 College Better Newspaper Contest

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The cover of the Fall 2020 magazine showcasing our "Zoom Semester" (Abby Haywood/The Collegiate)

The Collegiate won the Division III 2021 College Newspaper of the Year award in the College Better Newspaper Contest awards ceremony presented virtually by the Michigan Press Association on Thursday, March 17. 

The Collegiate also placed second in the Open Class-Online Newspaper category behind the University of Michigan’s newspaper, The Michigan Daily. 

“It’s great to see multiple reporters bring home awards for their work,” said former Collegiate Editor-in-Chief Sean Chase. 

This recognition follows many of the same Collegiate staffers winning the Best News Website category in the 2021 Michigan Community College Press Association Competition – a winning streak that has been going for the last three consecutive years.

“Winning back-to-back awards says a lot about the program as a whole and Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood’s leadership,” Chase said.

The Collegiate also won 13 additional MPA awards including Chase receiving second place in the Best Writer category.

Honestly, It’s really great to be mentioned in the conversation as a top writer at the community college level,” Chase said. 

Collegiate reporters and editors also received the following individual awards: 

Column- Review or Blog- News: First Place- Angelina Jahn, “A Letter to my Mom,” Second Place- Sam Tucker, “How The Injustice of George Floyd Changed My City”

Column- Review or Blog- Sports: Second Place- Kaia Zimmerman, “Without Sports, Who Am I?,” Honorable Mention- Kaia Zimmerman, “NFL’s First Openly Gay Active Player Shows Signs of Progress”

Editorial: First Place- Breegan Petruska, “We Need a Heads Up,” Third Place- Sean Chase, “Online Gambling: Friend or Foe to Michiganders?”

Front Page Design: First Place- Abby Haywood, Collegiate Magazine Cover Fall 2020

News Story: Second Place- Sean Chase, “GRCC Board Freezes Tuition, Gives President Pink A Raise with Approval of $115.4 Million 2021-22 Budget”

Sports News/Features: First Place- Anthony Clark Jr., “GRCC Volleyball Season Revived After Muskegon CC Forfeits NJCAA National Tournament,” Second Place- Matthew Denhartigh, “Life as a Zebra” 

Open Class Multimedia Reporting: Third Place- Aspen Strauss, “GRCC Students Get Real About Their Second Pandemic Semester”

Open Class Original Cartoon-Editorial or Entertainment: First Place, Abby Haywood, “Too Soon?,” “Turkey Day: The Last Supper,” “The real reason Trump created Space Force” 

To see the full list of awards, visit here.

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