For the first time since 2003, The Bulletin was named the All-Kansas college newspaper for four year public institutions. Seven members and adviser Max McCoy attended the annual Kansas Associated of Collegiate Press on Sunday and Monday in Hutchinson, where the paper received the All-Kansas award, the top award given by the KACP, Gold Overall for its website and 21 other individual awards.
“I’m very proud of our staff this year,” said Kelsey Ryan, senior political science major and editor-in-chief of The Bulletin. “We’ve worked hard and I’m glad we’ve been recognized by KACP.”
Ryan joined The Bulletin staff during the spring semester of her freshman year and has been the editor-in-chief for the past two years. She said that despite ESU’s lack of a journalism major, the paper’s quality comes from a diverse staff and supportive adviser.
“Our staff comes from different backgrounds and majors, so each staff member brings a unique skill set that helps strengthen the paper,” Ryan said. “Having a strong advocate for adviser has also helped tremendously.”
Max McCoy, assistant professor of journalism, has been The Bulletin’s adviser for the past four years and said the paper has improved consistently each year.
“I’m very proud of all the staff, and The Bulletin leadership in particular,” McCoy said. “I’ve been lucky to have a number of talented people in key positions.”
McCoy said that over the years, each staff has had their own strengths which were reflected in the different sections of the paper.
“Looking at the judges’ comments in the overall competition, they stressed the variety of news, the solid coverage, the consistency between issue to issue and the willingness to tackle significant and in depth reporting, and I can only agree that those are the strengths of this year’s staff,” McCoy said.
McCoy said the All-Kansas is a validation of the staff’s efforts throughout the year and that a new benchmark has been set for future staffs. Whereas other areas of the competition focus on single aspects of the paper, this award is given for overall excellence of the publication.
“Journalism has taken a beating in the current economic climate,” McCoy said. “No one knows what’s going to happen to newspapers… but awards like this are particularly important for the future of journalism – it’s going to thrive in the universities.”
According to the KACP’s competition results, The Bulletin staff received awards for the following categories:
- Editorial Writing
Eric Hemphill, 3rd place, “Brownback Already Turning His Back on Education”
Eric Hemphill, HM, “Ban Bombs, Not Books”
- Single Ad Design
Juhye Bak, 2nd place, “www.esubulletin.com”
Ellen Weiss, 3rd place, “Reporters and Columnists Wanted”
- Special Section
Kelsey Ryan, Kellen Jenkins & Shane Wilson, 2nd place, “NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Champions”
- Headline Writing
Kelsey Ryan, HM, “Yoga Mama Gets Bendy: ‘You’re as young as your spine is supple’ ”
Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Red Hot Chili Peppers”
- Sports Column
Brandon Schneeberger, HM, “The Beauty of the DII Athlete”
- Review Writing
Steven Stanek, 1st place, “Choo-Choo!”
- Series Writing
Kenzie Templeton, HM, “‘Pot’ Culture”
- Sports Photography
Kellen Jenkins, 1st place, “Hornets hang on for late win”
Kellen Jenkins, HM, “Women loose to Gorillas”
- Feature Photography
Kellen Jenkins, 3rd place, “A Look Through the Lens”
Megan Gartner, HM, “All in the Family”
Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Student use online dating to find <3”
Eric Hemphill, 2nd place, “Kansas Arts in Trouble”
Eric Hemphill, HM, “Literary Censorship: The Comeback Kid?”
Kelsey Ryan, 3rd, “No News Not Always Good News”
Ellen Weiss, 1st place, “Brownback Already Turning His Back on Education”
Ellen Weiss, HM, “Ban Bombs, Not Books”
- Individual Online Newspaper
Kellen Jenkins, 2nd place