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Taylor Student Newspaper Wins First Place

By Jim Garringer Published: May 02, 2012

The Echo

The Echo, Taylor University’s student newspaper, has been designated as a first place award winner in the in the American Scholastic Press Association’s Annual Review and Contest Awards for scholastic newspapers and other publications.

The Echo was one of several newspapers to be designated with a first place ranking in the category Colleges/Universities Enrollment: 1701-2500. Colleges and universities scoring from 850-1000 points were designated first place. Schools scoring from 700-849 were second, and those scoring from 500-699 were designated third place finishers.

According to The Echo’s Editor in Chief Caitlin Wilson, ASPA judges rated The Echo on content, layout, design, photography, consistency and overall professionalism.

“I know I could not do what we do all by myself,” said Wilson, a senior professional writing major from Orland, Ind. “It is gratifying to know that my staff is growing, learning and being rewarded for it. It shows how talented they are and how much work they put into The Echo on a daily and weekly basis.

“A lot of the people on staff do it because they love it,” Wilson said. “Obviously, it looks good on a resume. But working for a newspaper where there are stresses, laughs, deadlines and hard times, you learn how to be a team player. You don’t always get that in the classes. I think working on The Echo has made us well-rounded people.”

It marks the latest honors accorded to The Echo. Student journalists Jon Stroshine and Kara Hackett won first and third places respectively in a contest held by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. Additionally, former editor Julia Berger received a second-place ranking by the Baptist Press Excellence in Journalism Competition; and a photograph taken by student photographer Tim Riethmiller was recognized by the Associated Collegiate Press.

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