CSU, Chico News

The Orion Wins Multiple Awards in Statewide, National Competitions

Date: 03-10-2014

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Mark Plenke, Advisor
The Orion

California State University, Chico’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, took home 12 awards in two days from several collegiate newspaper competitions.

CSU, Chico students won 10 awards in the California College Media Association’s (CCMA) 2013-14 Excellence in Student Media contest, including first place for General Excellence, third place for Overall Newspaper Design and eight individual awards. Announced at a reception in San Diego March 1, the awards represent work from calendar year 2013, when The Orion was headed by then-fourth-year students Jenna Valdespino and Ben Mullin in spring and fall, respectively.

Individual awards were won by students Jessica Amaro, Brett Appley, Liz Coffee, Robert Harris, Scott Ledbetter, Logan Missner, Pedro Quintana and Nick Woodard. The Orion was joined by UC Berkeley’s The Daily Californian, UCLA’s Daily Bruin and Mt. SAC’s Substance Magazine in earning the general excellence distinction.

The students also secured two Best of Show awards from the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) National College Journalism Convention, held in San Diego March 2. The Orion took home first place in the print category for weekly newspapers at four-year universities and second place for its website, theorion.com. The convention was attended by hundreds of journalism students from around the country who submitted work from the previous year. CSU, Chico took home first place in the print category at the same contest last year in San Francisco.

"The Orion competes against some terrific newspapers and newspaper websites in the CCMA contest, so to be recognized as the best of that group is really an honor for our students and the journalism program at Chico State," said Orion faculty advisor Mark Plenke. “Winning these contests and awards shows that Chico State's journalism program and student publications are among the best anywhere. We're recognized in California and across the country as a terrific training ground for journalists."

“I’m so thrilled for The Orion’s accomplishments and can’t wait to see what’s next for our staff,” said Editor-in-Chief Katrina Cameron, a senior. “Everyone at the paper has worked very hard to maintain its long-running reputation as an award-winning student news source. I’m very lucky to have a staff of talented and driven journalists who share my passion for striving for excellence. Although I’ve only been editor-in-chief for a few months, it has been one of the most gratifying experiences of my life.”

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.