A Publication for the faculty, staff, administrators and friends of California State University, Chico
October 7, 2004 Volume 35/Number 2

Up Front

Orion Nation’s Best Again

For the third time in five years, The Orion has been named the nation’s best college newspaper by the National Newspaper Association.

The Orion was awarded first place for general excellence in the college and university division of NNA’s 2004 Better Newspapers Contest. Judges lauded the CSU, Chico weekly, which was honored for three issues published in 2003.

“Excellent paper,” the judges wrote. “Diverse, effective coverage. Crisp writing. … The design is clean, purposeful, and smart.”

The Orion also took first place honors in the NNA contest in 2000 and 2002.
The winners were announced at the conclusion of the NNA’s 118th annual convention in Denver, Colorado. Winners will be recognized in a special October issue of the NNA publication Publishers’ Auxiliary.

Kristina Seward, managing editor of The Orion, attended the convention and accepted the award. Seward, a senior journalism major from Hilmar, said, “This kind of recognition only makes us want to try harder to continue being the best at what we do.”

Dave Waddell, faculty advisor, said The Orion’s performance in the NNA contest attests to its consistent quality. “That this recognition comes from the largest professional newspaper organization in the country makes it an especially nice honor,” said Waddell.

Jennifer Cooper of Joshua Tree was The Orion’s managing editor during the spring 2003 semester, and Melody Gutierrez of Twentynine Palms held that position in fall 2003. Jessie Gardner of Reno was the paper’s art director both semesters. Gutierrez is now a staff writer for The Sacramento Bee.

The Orion is also a finalist for what would be its eighth national newspaper Pacemaker award, which has been dubbed “the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism.” Pacemaker winners will be announced in November.



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