CEDARVILLE — For the fifth consecutive year, Cedarville University’s student newspaper, Cedars, has received the Frank E. Deaner Award for General Excellence in Collegiate Journalism.
The statewide award issued by the Ohio News Media Association (ONMA) marks Cedars as the best newspaper at a small university.
The ONMA’s annual competition is the largest collegiate newspaper contest in Ohio. Cedars competed with five other collegiate newspapers in Division B, for schools with less than 10,000 enrolled students.
Even though this is its fifth general excellence award, this was Cedars’s best showing at the competition. Cedars won six first-place awards and placed in all 10 competition categories, sweeping all three spots for best multi-media package.
Editor Emily Day — an intern at the Xenia Daily Gazette — and writers Kathryn Sill and Susanna Edwards won first place in arts and entertainment. Former editor-in-chief Anna Dembowski — a former intern at the Xenia Daily Gazette — won first place in opinion writing, and Campbell Bortel won first place in photojournalism. The Cedars staff also took first place in the news coverage, sports coverage and multimedia package categories.
Cedars won second place in the in-depth reporting, design and headline writing categories while placing third in the best website category.
Under Dembowski, the student-reporters planned, wrote, edited, photographed and produced the award-winning newspaper.
Cedars editor Jennifer Taggart recognizes the significance of the paper’s success.
“It’s important to work for a newspaper that has proven to succeed over the years because the awards show the high quality education journalism and other media students receive at Cedarville,” she said. “As a student, it promises me that I’ll receive a high-quality education.”
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