STUDENT-PRODUCED NEWSPAPER AND YEARBOOK WIN AWARDS IN NATIONAL COMPETITION
April 25, 2008
By Shayla Pearsall
UNA Student Writer
FLORENCE, Ala.— Two of the University of North Alabama’s student publications recently participated in the national competition of the Society for Collegiate Journalists for the 2007 calendar year and were honored with several awards.
UNA’s student newspaper, The Flor-Ala, received an honorable mention in the category of overall excellence for papers publishing weekly or less. The 2007 Flor-Ala staff includes executive editor Rebecca Walker, of Ripley, Miss.; news editor Michele King, of Huntsville; life editor Eric Hanback, of Florence; sports editor Zack Hubbard, of Florence; and copy editor Zachary Aaron, of Florence.
Walker was awarded second place in the staff editorials category. King was awarded third place in the news stories category. Hanback received an honorable mention in the feature-writing category. Student photographers Justin Michael, of Florence, and Nathan Benjamin, of Rienzi, Miss., received second place in the photo essay category.
UNA’s yearbook,The Diorama, received first place in the overall excellence category. The Diorama 2007 staff includes executive editor Patrick Howard, of Madison; associate editor Megan McClellan, of Gurley; and graphic artist Vicki Antoine, of Florence.
The Dioramaalso received first place in the theme and coverage of the year category. The Diorama was awarded second place in the categories of reporting in words, photography and layout graphics, displays and design categories.
Student photographers for both publications include Dustin Durham, of Florence; Troy Williams, of Birmingham; Jake Jones, of Fort Payne; Terri Barnes, of Florence; Stephen McArthur, of Madison; Justin Michael, of Florence; and Nathan Benjamin, of Booneville.