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The Jacket Journal, Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, earned a first place with special merit award in the 2011 American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. Students on the newspaper staff include: back, left to right, Kelsey Richards, senior mass communication major from Gillette, Wyo.; Kendra Bertsch, senior mass communication major from Newcastle, Wyo.; Nico Duca, senior mass communication major from Spearfish; Ryan Shippy, senior mass communication and history major from Colome; Hillary Wittenhagen, senior mass communication major from Rapid City; Brian Gebhart, senior mass communication major from Elkton; Meghan Keegan, sophomore outdoor education major from Rapid City; Saeed Sulaiman, junior business administration major from Piedmont; Stephanie Schumacher, senior speech communication major from Rapid City; Michael Soriano, senior Spanish major from Spearfish; and Stephen Klopfenstein, junior mass communication major from Black Hawk. Front row, left to right, Erin Burke, senior mass communication major from Whitewood; Robyn Rosechandler, senior mass communication major from Cody, Wyo.; Tina Sun, senior mass communication major from Rapid City; Charlene Yiran Liu, senior mass communication major from Spearfish; and Tristen Upward, senior mass communication major from Rapid City.  Not pictured, Lori Colbeck, senior mass communication major from Black Hawk.

The Jacket Journal, Black Hills State University’s student newspaper, earned a first place with special merit award in the 2011 American Scholastic Press Association’s annual newspaper competition. This is the third consecutive year the newspaper won first place, and the first year the newspaper earned special merit.

The Jacket Journal 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 and editing with 125/125 points, with a total of 955 points out of 1000 overall.

“The award is well deserved and is proof of the increased experience and dedication of the student staff over the past year. These professionals-in-training have developed excellent teamwork skills and are applying their knowledge," 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. For more information about the Jacket Journal, contact Caton-Rosser at Mary.CatonRosser@BHSU.edu or at 642-6422.