CSU, Chico News

The Orion Honored at State Journalism Competition

Date: 03-01-2016

Joe Wills
Public Affairs
Taylor Sinclair
The Orion

California State University, Chico’s student-run newspaper, The Orion, won six awards at the California College Media Association (CCMA) Awards in Los Angeles Feb. 20.

Six CSU, Chico students attended the weekend CCMA event, which also included journalism seminars and presentations.

The Orion won the following CCMA awards:

  • Best Overall Newspaper Design, Weekly: Third Place
  • Best Arts and Entertainment Story: Third Place - Gabriel Sandoval
  • Best Non Breaking News Story: Third Place - Gabriel Sandoval
  • Best Illustration/Cartoon: Third Place - Trevor Moore
  • Best Editorial: Honorable Mention - Whitney Urmann
  • Best Sports Story: Honorable Mention - Nick Reddy

"I was overall very happy about the weekend because even though we didn't place first in anything, we still placed out of many other newspapers from around the country,” said Stephanie Schmieding, Orion editor-in-chief. “We made a lot of changes this semester and we all appreciated getting feedback. I believe the paper is progressing as a news source and I am happy to bring these awards back to people who have worked so hard."

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.

The CCMA was founded in 2003 by statewide journalism faculty and newspaper advisers, including CSU, Chico journalism lecturer and former Orion adviser Dave Waddell. The association supports college journalism students in California and those who work with them.