By JOHN DENNY
On Monday, Editor-in-Chief Matt Riedl was awarded Journalist of the Year out of all 4-year universities in the state, both public and private.
“It literally wouldn’t have been possible without the staff. It’s not a one-man operation here. I may have won one award, but I’m more proud of the fact that our paper as a whole made such a marked improvement,” Riedl said.
Along with Riedl, the Vantage won a record 24 individual awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media Spring Conference, held on Sunday and Monday, including seven first-place awards, six second-place awards, and a silver medal for the overall paper.
The Vantage won 16 more awards this year than the previous year, and more than it has since the 1990s.
“It’s exciting to see our paper improve so much over the past year,” Managing Editor Kati Bush said. “Our editors, staff members and adviser have worked so hard this past semester to make the paper what it is today. I’m so proud to be part of this staff.”
Newman journalism was also in the spotlight last weekend at the Society of Professional Journalists’ “Gridiron” show at the Wichita Orpheum, at which Riedl and Bush both won $1,000 scholarships for their journalistic work this past year.
Following is a complete list of
awards and their corresponding content:
First place - News Writing – Matt Riedl for “DreamTrips: dream or scheme?”
First place – Column Writing – John Denny for “Capital punishment: Can you be both pro-life and pro-death?”
First place – Feature Writing – Matt Riedl for “Concussed students adjust to treatment”
First place – Sports Feature Writing – Matt Riedl for “On the Rebound”
First place – Page Design – Kati Bush for “A&E Jan. 30, 2014”
First place – Special Section – Matt Riedl & Kati Bush for “The Vantage goes vintage”
Second place – Headline Writing – Kati Bush for “Zombies to consume students’ brains”
Second place – Front Page Design – Matt Riedl & Kati Bush for “Jan. 30, 2014”
Second place – Copy Editing – Matt Riedl, in an on-site contest
Second place – Infographics – Matt Riedl & John Denny for “Scare-o-meter”
Second place – Review Writing – Emily Simon for “Novel hits on heavy topics with grace”
Second place – Series Writing – Kati Bush for “Home sweet dorm?”
Third place – Illustration – Brittany English for “Black Friday”
Third place – Sports News Writing – Matt Riedl for “A chilly end to a hot season”
Third place – Sports Photography – Max Pyle for “Volleyball celebrates win”
Third place – Audio Visual Multimedia – Matt Riedl, Joe Molina, Kati Bush & Max Pyle for “The Vantage Sessions: Kimberlyn Cook”
Third place – Column Writing – Jessica Sponsel for “University should not have class on Holy Days”
Third place – Page Design – Matt Riedl & Kati Bush for “The Blizzard of Oz”
Third place – Review Writing – C.L. Smet for “Forum’s ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ a British Delight”
Honorable Mention – Front Page Design – Matt Riedl, Kati Bush & John Denny for “Sept. 26, 2013”
Honorable Mention – Sports News Writing – Matt Riedl for “Men’s soccer hobbled by injuries”
Honorable Mention – Review Writing – Kati Bush for ‘The Maine’ attraction: Alt-rock band impresses”
Honorable Mention – Feature Writing – Kati Bush for “English professor revisits art roots, takes class”
This story first appeared in the
April 17, 2014 issue of The Vantage