The Record places second in general excellence

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February 22, 2019

students in the studio

Members of The Record staff visited the WCCO-TV studios in Minneapolis. From left, members included Nick Swanson, Lydia Farmer, Brandon Spratt, Cullen Trobec, Jack Wozniak, Jillian Schulz and Ben Pults.

Here’s a news flash. And no, this isn’t fake news.

The Record, the student newspaper at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, captured a second-place award for overall excellence in the Four-Year Newspaper Weekly category at the Associated Collegiate Press’ Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention Feb. 15-17 at the Millennium Hotel, Minneapolis.

In addition, writers, photographers and editors from The Record earned seven individual awards, which were announced on Feb. 17.

The Record submitted its Nov. 9 issue for the general excellence category, which featured the SJU football team winning the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. That edition also included front-page stories on voter participation in the Nov. 6 midterm elections and a midterm election student viewing party at Br. Willie’s Pub at SJU.

“We are very pleased with the way the conference went for us,” said CSB senior Lydia Farmer, editor-in-chief of The Record.

 The following students won individual awards at the convention:

  • Sports Editor Brett Zallek, Managing Editor Brandon Spratt and Variety Editor Jack Wozniak combined to write an Oct. 19 two-page tribute to John Gagliardi, which captured first-place in the Sports Story category.
  • Variety Editor Kathryn Bulanek finished second in the Feature Story category for her April 13 story on “sneakerheads” – students who collect sneakers.  
  • Photo Editor Jillian Schulz captured two awards in the News Photo category, placing fifth for her Oct. 5 photo on the CSB/SJU crew team and sixth place for her Nov. 16 photo of a car fire.  
  • Zallek captured two individual awards, placing fifth in the Sports Story competition with his Nov. 30 story on “Alaskan Ice” and a seventh-place award in the Single Page Design category for his page 12 layout in the Oct. 19 issue, which featured the SJU football team beating St. Thomas 40-20.
  • Spratt captured a seventh-place award in the Editorial/Commentary category with his Oct. 5 sports column on the retirement of Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer.

 Besides attending various sessions and workshops at the convention, the CSB and SJU students also toured the Star Tribune newsroom and printing press, and the WCCO-TV studios while in Minneapolis.