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National, state accolades Argus staff wins 10 awards

By Nancy Young
On February 26, 2014

  • Above are three of the awards from the Black College Communication Association won by Argus staffers. Not pictured are the seven North Carolina College Media Association awards. Chelsea Burwell

The News Argus staff members won 10 awards in recent national and state-wide competitions for student communications in February.

Editor-in-chief Chelsea Burwell earned first place for best online multimedia package for 2013 from the Black College Communication Association. The newspaper also won second place for the best information graphics or news/art illustration and Copy Desk Chief DaYona McLean, won a third place award for her story "Bennett alums donate fund to honor WSSU professor's late mother."

In addition to the recognition earned in the national competition, the newspaper staff took home seven awards from the North Carolina College Media Association's competition.

The News Argus was included in Best of Show for small school newspapers and small school online news. In the writing categories, Maurika Smutherman took second place in news writing for an article "Voting Site" and McLean won third for "Not so grand opening."

Burwell also took a third place award in opinion writing for "Where's the Argus." Alexis Hall earned first place in page design and Irwin Clawson won honorable mention in the illustration, graphic and cartoon category

"I am extremely proud of the work done by our students and their commitment to the stu­dent newspaper," said Lona D. Cobb, professor in the mass communications department and News Argus faculty adviser.

"The entire Argus staff puts in a great deal of time outside the classroom, evenings and weekends. They practice new skills so they can become confident and competent in various media platforms."

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