Friday, November 4, 2011

Student newspaper continues its tradition of excellence

In Motion, Daytona State College’s student newspaper, has again taken top honors in the Florida College System Publication Association’s annual journalism competition.

Daytona State's award-winning 2011-2012 InMotion staff
(Photo by Denise Hayes)

In Motion staff received the coveted General Excellence Award during the association's 52nd annual convention and awards banquet held last month in Orlando. The newspaper dominated the competition, earning first-place honors in a total of eight categories and placing in the top three in eight others.
Journalism Professor Elena Jarvis, who is co-adviser to the newspaper with Bruce Cook, dean of Student Activities, commended the students - most of whom only joined the newspaper this fall semester - for their hard work and discipline. “I think they really care about quality,” she said. “We try to emphasize that winning awards is fun, but that isn’t the point of what we do and why we do it. It’s more about learning to write well and how to get along with different kinds of people, and to try together to make a difference.”
In addition to this year’s award, In Motion holds the Division A General Excellence Award for 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010. It was a runner-up in 2006 and 2009. Competition categories include various types of news writing, photojournalism, design and art work.  Industry professionals judge the contest entries and the total number of points awarded for first-, second- or third-place entries determines the General Excellence winner. 
In Motion took home honors in the following categories:
·         General Excellence, Division A — First Place
·         First Place, Editorial — Austin King
·         First Place, Arts Review — Lisa Swearingen and Jennifer Howard
·         First Place, News Photo — Brittany Fournier
·         First Place, Feature Photo — Jason Weingart
·         First Place, Picture Story —Jason Weingart
·         First Place, Illustration — Andrew Pierce
·         First Place, Comic Strip — Andrew Pierce
·         Second Place, Design — Denise Hayes
·         Second Place, Sports Photo — Jason Weingart
·         Second Place, Feature Story — Stephan Saunders
·         Second Place, Sports Writing — Jennifer Howard
·         Second Place, Sports Column — Jay McQuade
·         Second Place, General Column — Austin King
·         Third Place, Ad Design — Denise Hayes
·         Third Place, News Story — Jennifer Howard
Judges’ comments and a complete list of winning entries can be found on the association’s website.
Jarvis also is adviser to the student-produced Aeolus literary magazine, which also took home honors in the following categories:
·         First Place, Photo — Christina Storozkova
·         Second Place, Contents Page — Denise Hayes
·         Third Place, Illustrations with Text — Quenby Sheree, Jason Weingart, Michael Caveney
·         Third Place, Editing — Lisa Swearingen