Black Hills State University mass communication students who produce the Jacket Journal, the student newspaper at BHSU, recently received a first place overall award from the American Scholastic Press Association. Pictured left to right, back row: Joshua Cooke, senior from Spearfish; and James Netzer, junior from Sidney, Mont.; middle row: Jesse Hanson, senior from Huron; Lindsay Rose, junior from Rapid City; Becky Fuhrmann; junior from Watertown; and Kendra Bertsch; sophomore from Newcastle, Wyo.; front row: Bree Anderson, senior from Cheyenne, Wyo.; Jill Broecher, junior from Avon; and Tina Sun, sophomore from Rapid City.

The Jacket Journal, Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, received a first place overall award in the American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition.

The newspaper was judged in a series of categories including content, page design, general plan, art/ads/illustrations, editing, and creativity. The newspaper earned the highest rating for content with 350/350 points. The Jacket Journal also rated high for general plan and creativity, with a total of 930 points out of 1000 overall.

“We have an excellent, dedicated staff, and committed students that produce Jacket Journal each semester from Practicum (MCOM 495) and Basic Newswriting (MCOM 210). They work hard, put in long hours, and have made lots of progress in the past year; they deserve the award,” said Mary Caton-Rosser, faculty advisor of the Jacket Journal and assistant professor of mass communication at BHSU.

All students on campus are welcome to participate in Practicum or Jacket Journal as a university organization. Caton-Rosser invites students to visit during production on Monday evenings in the 2009 fall semester in the newsroom (basement of Jonas Hall, 006).

The newspaper also received first place with special merit and tied with the Sonoma State Star for the Most Outstanding University Newspaper Award in the 2007 competition.