Three years, three wins: A hat trick of excellence for The Record

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February 12, 2014

By Mike Killeen

The staff of The Record.
From left: Michael Swearingen, Caitlin Swanson, Kyle Murray, Molly Carey, Chris Beeth, Maddy Cocca, Michael Terhaar, Adam Tucker, Evan Gruenes, Jake Schultz, Beth Leipholtz
Other core staff not pictured: Reed Osell, Gretchen Brown, Nick Donovan, Joe Balder


Adam Tucker '14 and Beth Leipholtz '15

To win an award is a big deal. To win it a second year in a row is huge, and to do it three times in a row is almost unprecedented.

That's exactly what The Record, the student newspaper at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University, did Feb. 9.

For the third year in a row, The Record captured Best of Show for a four-year weekly newspaper at the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Best of the Midwest Conference at the Radisson Plaza Hotel in Minneapolis.

The award recognizes the publication as the best weekly college newspaper in the Midwest. Besides the run of three straight honors, The Record also won the award in 2008.

"I'm very proud of the entire staff who worked to achieve this award, as well as the staff members of the past who worked to help us capture the award for three consecutive years," said Adam Tucker, a senior from Omaha, Neb., who is editor-in-chief of The Record. "The Best of Show in the ACP contest credits both the hard work of everyone involved, as well as the valuable work done by everyone in our community."

The Sept. 27 issue was submitted for the contest. Of the nine core section editors, seven of those were new to their positions, Tucker said.

In addition to the overall award, two staff writers were honored for stories they produced in the news story category.

Beth Leipholtz, a junior from Buffalo, Minn., and the news editor of The Record, received a second-place award for her Jan. 31 story, "Two more sexual assaults reported in 2014." Tucker received a fifth-place award for his Feb. 7 story, "Motion halts video release in Abbey case."

The Record also captured a second-place finish (behind Minnesota State University Mankato) in the general excellence category at the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Better Newspaper Contest Jan. 24 at Bloomington, Minn.

Judges said The Record was "a big campus paper serving a small campus audience" with "eye-pleasing front pages" and "good promotion of online and social media links." The judges also said The Record had excellent campus news coverage "that focuses on helping students cope."

Any CSB or SJU student, regardless of major, can join The Record staff. Contact The Record for more information.