Publications staff attends media conference, wins awards

Jeff Carden, next year’s Arrow editor, poses with one of the awards that The Arrow won at the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association’s conference. (Photo by Brad Crofford)

By Brad Crofford, Editor-in-chief

Members of SNU’s newspaper and yearbook staffs attended and won numerous awards at the Oklahoma Collegiate Media Association’s annual conference at Oklahoma State University on Friday, April 5.

Students attended workshops related to media and then a keynote speech by Lynn Povich, one of the women behind a landmark gender discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek.

“I really enjoyed Lynn Povich and her story about being a part of the first group of women to file a class action lawsuit,” Ronna Fisher, next year’s Echo co-editor-in-chief, said. “It was interesting to hear about women in the workplace in the 70s.”

SNU Publications was also successful in the awards competitions.

The Arrow won 2nd place for overall yearbook, 2nd place for yearbook photography and 2nd place for yearbook theme. These awards were based on the 2012 yearbook.

The Arrow’s success was an inspiration for next year’s yearbook editor, junior graphic design major Jeff Carden.

“It was really exciting!” Carden said. “It has motivated me to do an amazing job so we can win some more awards in the future.”

The Echo won 2nd place for overall excellence in the online category. The Echo’s writers also earned several accolades.

Patty Juliuson won 2nd place for “Sixty-Four Crayons” and an honorable mention for “Geek Alert” in the column category.

Brad Crofford won 3rd place in the reporting portfolio category. This category incolved submitting five news stories.

Jake O’Bannon won an honorable in the reviews category for his review of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

The yearbook competition included both two-year and four-year universities, regardless of size.

The newspaper competed in Division 1-A, which includes ten universities of similar size.