Three Lakeland College student journalists, competing against peers from schools as large as the University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and North Dakota State University, won individual awards at last weekend’s Associated Collegiate Press Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention in Minneapolis.
There were more than 250 contest entries. States represented included Indiana, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
The Lakeland Mirror website, which went fully digital this academic year, took 10th place in the Website Small School category, which included institutions with traditional student enrollment of less than 10,000.
Individually, Lakeland freshman Stephanie Figueroa took fourth place in the News Photo category for her photos of Muskies international soccer players with their faces painted in the colors of their native countries. Figueroa painted the faces, then photographed them.
Lakeland senior Ben Wilks was eighth in the Editorial/Commentary category for his column about police brutality.
And senior Peter Ludolph took 10th in the News Story category for his article about vaping and Lakeland’s policies regarding it.
“I think I speak for co-adviser Gina Covelli when I say we are proud of our Lakeland student journalists for the way they have made the transition from mostly print to fully digital this academic year,” said Pete Barth, the college’s manager of communications and, along with Community Relations Manager Covelli, the Mirror’s co-adviser.
“We certainly have room for improvement, but what’s exciting is how our students strive to get better every day. These awards are nice validation of that.”