CSU, Chico News

Newspaper Series by Journalism Students Wins National Award

Date: 08-18-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Dave Waddell
Orion adviser

A series of newspaper articles produced by California State University, Chico journalism students about old Chico neighborhoods has received a national award.

The “’Hoods with a history” series, reported and written by Dave Waddell’s fall 2009 Public Affairs Reporting class and published in the Chico Enterprise-Record, was recognized this month in St. Louis at the annual convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

The CSU, Chico students’ stories received an Honorable Mention plaque in AEJMC’s Newspaper Project Award competition. The only other work receiving an award this year was produced by students from Syracuse University.

David Little, editor of the Enterprise-Record, collaborated with Waddell and 18 journalism students on the series.

“Our readers absolutely loved the end product,” Little said. “I was surprised about how many complimentary calls we received, both from older residents who appreciated the effort that went into bringing nine historic neighborhoods to life, to the newer residents who enjoyed reading about the neighborhoods that shape this bucolic city. For nine days straight, each part was a fixture in our ‘Most Read’ portlet on our website as well. All of our readers learned something. Readers still talk about it."

AEJMC’s 2011 newspaper competition was open to print and online projects published in the 2009-2010 or the 2010-2011 academic years. The award “recognizes publications produced by students and professors in journalism classes or as special curricular projects connected to courses. To qualify, the publication must have been edited and produced as part of the curriculum, text reported and written by students, and professors must have been responsible for editing and/or advising."

The “Hoods with a history” series, inspired by a Chico Museum exhibit, “Chico Places,” was published in the E-R Feb. 7-15, 2010.

“This was an exceptionally talented and hard-working group of students who I think had fun learning more about the origins of their college town,” Waddell said. “I’m proud of what they accomplished.”

Students involved were Kevin Amerine, Jeanetta Bradley, Meghan Brown, Sarah Brown, Almendra Carpizo, Randy Davenport, Christine De Jesus, Teresa Fodge, Jesse Jones, Giovanni LoCasio, Therese Marucci, Katie Mills, Kylie Munoz, Lauren Pope, Matt Shilts, Dane Stivers, Kaylee Volpert and Lindsay Woychick.

Following is a link to the full series: http://www.chicoer.com/ci_14351916