CSU, Chico News

The Orion Wins Best in Show, Other Awards at Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter Convention

Date: 03-18-2013

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Mark Plenke, advisor
The Orion

California State University, Chico’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, won three awards at the Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National College Journalism Convention in San Francisco Feb. 28–March 3.

The convention was attended by hundreds of student journalists from across the country who submitted work from the past year in various competition categories. The Orion won first-place Best in Show for weekly newspapers at four-year universities, second place for multimedia package, and fourth place in best large-school website for its daily news site, theorion.com. The award winners were announced March 3 at the 29th annual convention, which took place at the Westin Market Street hotel.

In the Best in Show category, judges reviewed a single issue of the paper for overall quality. The Orion submitted its Nov. 28, 2012, issue, which had a front-page story and editorial about CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg’s decision to suspend the University’s Greek system. In the multimedia category, The Orion entered its Nov. 6, 2012, newscast. Fourth-year student Kacey Gardner was editor-in-chief for fall 2012, and current Editor-in-Chief Jenna Valdespino was managing editor.

“The Orion has consistently won state and national journalism contests over the past dozen years, but it’s still a thrill to compete against the best college newspapers in the country at an event like the San Francisco convention and hear ‘Best of Show, The Orion, Chico State’ during the awards ceremony,” said Mark Plenke, The Orion’s advisor and faculty in the Department of Journalism and Public Relations. “Our students work so hard to put out a quality newspaper. It’s gratifying to see them get this kind of recognition.”

The Orion, established in 1975, is part of CSU, Chico’s nationally accredited Department of Journalism and Public Relations. The print newspaper comes out every Wednesday during the school year, and daily content can be found at theorion.com as well as through the paper’s mobile application and social media accounts. In 2005, The Orion was inducted into the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for its record of achievements.