CSU, Chico News

The Orion Captures Fifth Straight National Excellence Award

Date: 03-21-2011

Joe Wills
Public Affairs

Dave Waddell
Orion adviser

The Orion, California State University, Chico’s student newspaper, has again garnered multiple top honors at the National College Newspaper Convention.

For the fifth consecutive year, The Orion won first place for general excellence in the Best of Show competition for four-year weekly college and university newspapers, said Dave Waddell, The Orion’s faculty adviser.

The Orion’s website, www.theorion.com, also took third place among “large school” competitors, or schools with more than 10,000 students.

The 27th annual convention, sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press, announced the award winners March 6. The event was held at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, and attracted hundreds of college newspaper staffers from throughout the United States and Canada.

Finishing behind The Orion among university weeklies were the Loyolan of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, second place; the Observer of Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Wash., third place; The Miami Hurricane of the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., fourth place; and the College Heights Herald of Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky., fifth place.

Orion Managing Editor Almendra Carpizo of Chula Vista and Art Director Liam Turner of Sacramento accepted the first-place trophy on behalf of The Orion staff.

In the website category, The Orion placed third behind the first-place Michigan Daily at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and the second-place Daily Bruin of UCLA. The Arizona Daily Wildcat of the University of Arizona in Tucson placed fourth.

On March 5, the California College Media Association held its annual awards dinner at the Renaissance, and The Orion won first place in the weekly division for general excellence for 2010, as well as second place for overall design excellence.

“I’m extremely proud of what we did,” said Carpizo. “One of the critiques said (The Orion) looked so professional and had so much content for a weekly paper, and they knew how much work went into it. It was very exciting.”

The Orion, established in 1975, is part of CSU, Chico’s nationally accredited Department of Journalism.