The Collegian, Cameron University student-run newspaper, was honored by the Oklahoma Press Association in its “2019 Better Newspaper Contest.” The publication received awards in four categories of the Overall Newspaper competition, and two Cameron students earned accolades in individual categories.
David Perkins, a senior journalism and media production major from Duncan, received third place in the Sports Photograph category for an image he took of CU’s cross country team. The judging panel lauded the picture’s “Excellent photo composition in a sport that often finds a photographer framing only individual runners as a race moves towards its conclusion.”
Drue Watkins, a journalism and media production major from Walters who graduated in May 2019, was honored with third place for Front Page Design for a story reporting on the 2019 University Awards ceremony. “Cool idea to use the color fields in the photo – sky and grass,” the judges said.
The Collegian won four awards in the Overall Newspaper competition, placing second in Layout and Design as well as in Sports Coverage and third in News Content and Photography.
For Layout and Design, the judging panel said, “Creative use of the front page makes this paper enticing. The articles and other pieces are well-organized, and it is easy to find what you’re looking for.”
In Sports Coverage, the judges noted, “The photos are well used, and there is definitely creativity on display with the layouts.”
Judges’ comments in News Content reference “the staff’s adept ability to meld traditional campus coverage with interesting outside features” and notes that “the staff utilizes headlines, text and photos to create eye-catching layout that begs, ‘Read me!’”
In Photography, the judge said, “I love the way that the photos are integrated into the page as a whole, such as with the woman golfing. It creates a seamless and interesting transition between text and photos, and makes it one package.”