University Chronicle takes home nine awards from the Minnesota Newspaper Association

Due to the pandemic, the MNA’s were held remotely this year. Photo courtesy of YouTube video

On Thursday, Jan. 28, the University Chronicle was recognized at the annual Minnesota Newspaper Association’s College Better Newspaper Contest.

There was no in-person award ceremony this year due to COVID-19.

The MNA’s held a reception via zoom before the college presentation video was posted to YouTube announcing the placement of the article winners.

The event also featured a contest between other, non-collegiate, newspapers in Minnesota that was also posted to YouTube.

The association says that they received 315 submissions from other colleges and 3,102 submissions from the newspapers all around the state. These submissions included articles, stories, and photos from varying newspapers of all sizes.

The University Chronicle won nine awards that evening.

Former Editor-In-Chief of the University Chronicle, Tony Langfellow received first place in the Business Story category, for his article regarding the retirement incentives offered in 2020, SCSU to offer retirement incentives to close budget gap.

Langfellow is currently working for WSAW Television in Wausau, Wis. as a weekday general assignment reporter, multimedia journalist, and the producer/anchor of the Sunday morning news show.

“There’s no way I would have been working here and gotten to know things as fast as I did if I didn’t have those opportunities at school,” said Langfellow. “The combination of writing at the [University] Chronicle and the reporting portion [at] UTVS definitely work hand-in-hand. You really have to do both to be successful.”

Langfellow and Assistant Managing Editor of the University Chronicle, Tim Speier, received first place in the Local Breaking News Coverage category, for the coverage of the Press Bar fire in their article, UPDATE: Blazing fire takes historic Press Bar down.

Although working in more of a management role at the University Chronicle this year, Speier is working as a Freelance Reporter in Sauk Center, Minn. for Star Publications.

Langfellow also received a second place awards in both the Government/Public Affairs Reporting for his article, UPDATE: Mayor Kleis declares St. Cloud under local emergency, and in the Social Issues Story category for his article, Retrenched SCSU librarian featured in documentary; no administration response on retrenchment. He also received a third place award in the Best Use of Multimedia category for his article, Future of St. Cloud’s Gateway Motel in jeopardy.

Managing Editor of the University Chronicle, Anna Panek and Speier received a second place award in the Business Story category for their article that not only covered the planned closure of Sherburne Hall, but the history associated with the building in their article, Sherburne Hall to close in fall 2020.

Speier received a third place award in the Sports Feature category for his article, Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza turns 30.

Former Lead Reporter Mark Wasson, received a third place award for his article, University continues fight against Title IX lawsuit under the Investigative Reporting category.

During the pandemic, while still taking classes at SCSU, Wasson took a full-time job as the public safety reporter for West Central Tribune in Willmar, Minn..

“[College media] is a kind of learning environment [where you’re] able to go out and create journalism that matters, that is truthful, and that holds people in positions of power accountable,” said Wasson. “Without a robust college news media, you lose a ton of accountability for colleges.”

Former Layout Designer Caitlyn Jordan, former Managing Editor Bethanie Barrios, Longfellow, and Speier all received a third place award for General Excellence with the submission of the University Chronicle’s April 2020 Print Edition.

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