CSU, Chico News

Orion Wins Statewide General Excellence Award

Date: 05-13-2014

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Jessica Barber
The Orion

The Orion, California State University, Chico’s independent student-run news source, captured two first-place and two second-place awards in a statewide competition.

The winners of the 2013 California Newspaper Publishers Association’s (CNPA) annual contest, the Better Newspapers Contest, were announced May 3 in San Jose at the association’s annual convention.

“The Orion has been named the best four-year college paper in the state by the California newspaper publishers 12 times since 1994,” said Mark Plenke, news professional-in-residence in the journalism and public relations department and adviser to The Orion. “I think that speaks really well of the preparation the students get in our journalism program and demonstrates the paper's long tradition of providing outstanding student journalism to its campus and community.

“The 2013 staff worked hard to publish an excellent print edition while beefing up its website and launching a new mobile news app,” Plenke said. “It's gratifying to see them win this sort of recognition from the state's newspaper professionals."

The Orion won a first place General Excellence award in the contest. The newspaper competed against other four-year colleges statewide.

Individual awards were

  • A first-place sports story by Nick Woodard, assistant sports editor and former staff writer
  • A second-place feature story by Jessica Barber, public relations director and former features editor
  • A second-place sports photo by Logan Missner, former Orion photographer

The Orion had three other entries that reached the finals and won a blue ribbon:

  • Dan Reidel, former photo editor, received a blue ribbon in the category of best photo.
  • Bill Hall, news writer, received a blue ribbon in the category of best writing.
  • Risa Johnson, features editor, received a blue ribbon in the category of best feature story.

Current Editor in Chief Katrina Cameron was happy to see the Orion take home top honors at the CNPA conference. "I'm so proud of the Orion for, again, being recognized for its hard work," Cameron said. "Every student who works at the paper spends countless hours making The Orion the excellent and reliable news source it is."