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K-State Today

April 18, 2022

Collegian Media Group sweeps gold at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference; students earn 63 awards

Submitted by David Levy

Students and their advisers represented the Collegian Media Group at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference, April 10-11. Students won 63 individual awards and swept Gold for Overall Best Newspaper, Yearbook and Magazine. Front row from the left: Jared Shuff, Alexia King, Hallie Everett and Daren Lee Lewis. Back row: David Levy, Carter Schaffer, Kendall Spencer, Maddie Daniels, Claiborn Schmidt and Landon Reinhardt.

The Kansas State Collegian newspaper, Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine won 63 individual awards at this year’s Kansas Collegiate Media Conference, April 10-11. The publications swept the three Gold categories for Best Overall Newspaper, Yearbook and Magazine. It’s the second consecutive year that Collegian Media Group earned Gold in the Overall category. Manhappenin’ and the Royal Purple both earned the All Kansas award for the second year in a row.

The Collegian’s assistant news editor, Alexander Hurla, won second place for Journalist of The Year and first place in Profile Writing for his front-page story featuring Steve Smethers’ induction into the Kansas Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

The Collegian’s art and culture editor, Claiborn Schmidt, won first place in Feature Writing for her story "TikTokers Sister Cindy, Brother Jed preached controversial sermons to students on campus." For the second consecutive year, Manhappenin’ staff member Kate Torline took first place for Best Page Design.

“I’m simply overjoyed for our students,” said David Levy, director of the Collegian Media Group. “The students who work on these publications have talent, maturity and a passion to serve the campus. Plus, they’re just super cool to hang out with. Our office doors stay open throughout the day. Many of our staff members are not journalism majors. All students are invited to join the winning team in Kedzie Hall. Pop into Room 103 and we’ll get you started.”

Collegian Media Group’s advertising sales and marketing team also won first place for Best Rate Card along with other advertising design awards.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the hard work of our talented creatives in the advertising department was recognized at the Kansas Collegiate Media conference," said Daren Lee Lewis, assistant director of the Collegian Media Group.  "Of the six awards available, they took home all six.”

"The Collegian Media Group is a different place from what it has been over the past 10 years, especially the Collegian,” Levy said. “I know some old perceptions and mistrust still linger out there among readers who have been around awhile. But I’m asking everyone to take a fresh new look and get to know the staff. There’s a reason they won Gold for Best Overall Newspaper. They want to earn your trust and they’re awesome.”

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