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Today newspaper staff finishes strong in Wyoming journalism competition

By Allan Carroll, BHSU media relations student intern

Black Hills State University Today newspaper staff members earned 13 awards at a recent collegiate newspaper competition sponsored by the University of Wyoming Student Publications, the Wyoming Society of Professional Journalists and the Wyoming Press Association.

Members of the 1998-1999 Today newspaper staff picked up awards in twelve categories for work published between Nov. 1, 1998, to Oct. 31, 1999. The categories ranged from government issue reporting to scenic photography. The competition was open to all collegiate newspapers in and surrounding Wyoming. Both two- and four-year colleges were eligible but were judged separately.

"Competitions are a great barometer to measure our students' work against other universities," said Today advisor Steve Babbitt. "Our strong showing is an indication of the quality of the newspaper and the hard work and dedication of our staff."


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The winners of awards/categories are: Karin Malkowski, 1st place - feature story: Artemis House: “A place of help, hope and miracles;” Max Wetz, 1st place - government issue reporting: “Regents, faculty deal links pay with performance,” 3rd place - government issue reporting: “Regents fight legislative efforts;” Justin Varland, 3rd place - sports news story: “Men hit elite 8 at nationals;” Amanda Olson, 4th place - sports feature story: “Local riders wrap up mountain biking season;” Today Staff, 2nd place - editorial writing: A collection of five editorial columns; Terresah Hall and Jennie Morris, 2nd place - investigative news: “KBHU & BHTV face lack of value, funding and support;” Today staff, 4th place - house ad: “Apply Yourself;” Jessica Boetel, 3rd place - sports photo: “Drop in the bucket;” Alan Carroll, 2nd place - scenic photo: “Fire and Ice,” 1st Place - portrait photo: Jamie Sowers, 1st place - personality photo: Gene Pesicka (Mr. Cinderfella), and 3rd place - photo story: Basketball (1998 Pre-season photo page).

"These awards are just proof that when you get a dedicated staff together, and everyone works hard to make it a success, you can achieve great things," said former Today Editor Max Wetz. “It is a great honor to be recognized by the peers in your chosen field."