The Clackamas Print staff attended the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association 2016 Collegiate Conference on May 13, where they received 15 awards.
The ONPA hosts a collegiate day each year. This year, it was hosted at the University of Oregon in Eugene. Along with the newspaper contest awards, collegiate day provides student journalists with training and educational opportunities, such as speaking sessions about public records and sports journalism.
The Clackamas Print competed against other two-year colleges such as Umpqua Community College, Mt. Hood Community College and many others.
Megan McCoy, co-editor in chief, said, “I’m really proud of how well The Clackamas Print did this year at ONPA. I think the hard work that all of the editors and staff members have put into the paper this year really paid off.”
The Print won first place in best special section for the back to school issue. Matt Rowning, arts & culture editor, won first place for best news story for “Putting on the Green Light.” The paper won first place for best design for the David Bowie issue. Alicia Urabarro, a student at Clackamas, won first place for best cartooning. The Clackamas Print also won first place in best website, which you can view at www.theclackamasprint.com.
The arts & culture section won second place for best section. Rowning won second place for best writing. Blake Thomason, former sports editor, won second place for best sports story. Brandon Chorum, design editor, won second place for best graphic for his Cupcake Wars cover.
Former Clackamas Print photo editor Austin Boltz won third place for best photography. Another former writer, Amber Fairbanks, won third place for best column for her sex column. Andrew Kozcian, co-editor in chief, won third place for best review on “Sex with Strangers.” Lily Shaver, former staff writer, won third place in best writing and best sports story. The Clackamas Print also won third place for best headline writing.
The entire staff is very proud of the work that’s been done this year. A few members, including both editors in chief, are leaving after graduation but the paper will continue to strive.
McCoy said, “I am kind of sad to move on, but I think the newspaper is in great hands with next year’s editors, Blake Swan and Tori Tinker, as the new co-editors in chief and I expect that the Clackamas Print will continue to be a high quality paper.”