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Cardinal and Cream takes first place in BP journalism contest

JACKSON, Tenn.Oct. 23, 2006 – Union University’s student newspaper, Cardinal and Cream, received first place for Division I Best Overall newspaper at the Baptist Press Excellence in Journalism Contest Oct. 7 at the Global Café in Nashville, Tenn.

The contest was part of the sixth annual Baptist Press national Collegiate Journalism Conference held Oct. 5-7 in Nashville.

More than 20 Union students majoring in journalism, public relations, digital media studies and broadcasting attended the conference, which featured speakers Marvin Olasky of World Magazine, Dawn Eden of the New York Daily News, Peter Kerr of Asbury College and Michael Longinow of Biola University.

Other schools represented at the conference included the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor, Liberty University, North Greenville University, Houston Baptist University and Campbell University.

The Cardinal and Cream also received 12 other awards, including five for individual photojournalism black and white, five for individual photojournalism color and two for regular column writing. The awards received for these categories are as follows:

For individual photojournalism black and white:

  • News photo, 1st place, Kathleen Murray
  • Feature photo, 1st place, Heather Phillips
  • Individual sports action, 1st place, Heather Phillips
  • Sports feature, 1st place, Kyle Kurlick
  • Feature picture story, 2nd place, Kyle Kurlick
  • For individual photojournalism color:

  • News photo, 1st place, Kathleen Murray
  • News photo, 3rd place, Kyle Kurlick
  • Portrait/Personality, 2nd place, Kristin Nicole Sayers
  • Pictorial photo, 1st place, Kristin Nicole Sayers
  • Feature picture story, 1st place, Kristin Nicole Sayers
  • For regular column writing:

  • 1st place, Tyler Whetstone
  • 2nd place, Eric Smith
  • “When I came on board last spring as faculty adviser, I was amazed at the skill the newspaper staff demonstrated,” said Cardinal and Cream adviser Mark Kelly. “It was a great testimony to the quality of students Union attracts and the ability of their faculty leaders, especially Jim Veneman and Michael Chute.

    “The team this year is no exception,” Kelly continued. “They are fascinated with life at Union and the challenges of being followers of Jesus in today’s world. They want to use the skills God has given them to chronicle life here and build up the community. They want to put out an excellent newspaper and are willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. It’s a privilege to be part of that.”

    By Sarah McBroom (’09)

    Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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