FPU student newspaper wins state awards; students present at national journalism convention

By wayne.steffen on March 10, 2017 @ 1:26pm

Student journalists won four awards at the 2017 California College Media Association (CCMA) Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco, March 4 2017.

Staff members of The Syrinx took home honors in the class for four-year schools with less than 10,000 students:

  • Former Arts & Entertainment Editor Kristian House, alumna, third place, best arts and entertainment writing, “8 books with spiritual themes actually worth your time”

  • Social Media Editor Alina Gutridge, junior, third place, best use of social media, #ThatMomentWhensday Instagram series

  • Staff Writer Andrew Hart, senior, third place, best photo illustration, “Jesus raves”

  • Graphics Editor Paula Garcia, senior, honorable mention, best photo illustration, “Trumpkin spice”

The CCMA is an association of college media staff and advisors that provides support and resources to college journalists in California. The contest attracted 1,138 entries from 37 schools in categories covering journalism, graphics, photos and advertising. Awards were given in three classes: community colleges, four-year schools with fewer than 10,000 students and four-year schools with more than 10,000 students.

Five Syrinx staff members were also selected to present a panel at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Midwinter National Journalism Convention, March 2-5, 2017, also at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco. The panel focused on covering issues of sex and sexuality at a Christian institution. Students shared their experiences reporting on Title IX, sexual assault and LGBTQ+ issues. Speakers were: Courtney Moore, editor-in-chief; Kelsey Rij, managing editor; Gabrielle Rivas, news editor; Rachel Cooper, opinions editor; and Andrew Hart, staff writer. The ACP convention is an annual national gathering of student journalists that features keynotes speakers, panels, roundtables and training sessions. Ten students from The Syrinx along with faculty advisor Adam Schrag, Ph.D., assistant professor of communication, attended the convention.