Newspaper staff earns 11 awards
By Aaron Wilton
Editor in Chief
The Lookout staff brought home 11 awards from the Michigan Community College Press Association’s (MCCPA) annual conference on Saturday, April 8 at Central Michigan University.
The conference began with keynote speaker John Hiner, vice president of content for MLive. He spoke about the ever-changing field of journalism, and how newsprint is still relevant.
His insightful and positive speech was followed by breakout sessions. The Lookout Adviser Larry Hook summarized the event.
“There were several seminars for journalism students to learn valuable lessons in such areas as editing, sports writing, photography and libel laws,” Hook said. “It was very informative and I think the students got a lot out of the seminars that were offered by professional journalists.”
The awards ceremony was the last event of the conference. Awards received by The Lookout staff are as follows:
- First Place – Personality Profile – Jaimie Bozack
- First Place – Sports News Story – Brodee Gillam
- First Place – Editorial – Aaron Wilton
- First Place – Sports News Photo – Brian Wells
- Second Place – Sports Column – Haneen Hammad
- Second Place – Headline Writing – Aaron Wilton
- Second Place – General Excellence – The Lookout Staff
- Third Place – Online Newspaper – The Lookout Staff
- Third Place – Overall Design – The Lookout Staff
- Third Place – News Photo – Brian Wells
- Honorable Mention – Sports News Story – Aaron Emerson
Hook gave his thoughts on the awards received by his staff members.
“We won 11 awards, with the most significant being second place in ‘general excellence,’” Hook said. “We take a lot of pride in that, because that is the award the entire staff contributed toward.
“Six different individuals won awards. That shows the diversity and versatility of the talent on our staff.”
The Lookout Sports Editor Brodee Gillam shared his opinion of the day-long event.
“I learned a lot from this conference,” Gillam said. “I really enjoyed hearing other students ask questions about my field. It helped put me into another frame of mind as far as journalism goes, along with giving me ideas to build off from for The Lookout.”