The College Heights Herald, WKU’s student-run news organization, was named the top university news operation in the state at the 2018 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers awards ceremony Friday (Jan. 26) in Lexington.
The Herald won first place from the Kentucky Press Association for general excellence among university newspapers. In a separate ceremony Thursday (Jan. 25), the Herald won first place among all collegiate publications for general excellence in advertising.
In the news contest, staff members for the Herald won 16 first-place honors, 11 second-place, 15 third-place and one honorable mention. In the advertising contest, the Herald won nine first-place awards, five second-place and four third-place. In each contest, the Herald won more individual awards than any other university newspaper in the Commonwealth.
“Our students did some powerful work during the past year, and it’s gratifying to see that important reporting, along with the exceptional storytelling and visual journalism, recognized for excellence,” said Chuck Clark, director of WKU Student Publications. “I’m particularly pleased that some of the most challenging stories these students tackled were singled out by the judges and recognized for excellence.”
This is the Herald’s fourth general excellence win in five years in the news contest, and the third win in four years in the advertising contest.
The contest period ran from Oct. 1, 2016-Sept. 30, 2017. Brandon Carter, a December 2016 graduate now living in Washington, D.C., was editor in the Fall 2016 semester. Lashana Harney, a December 2017 graduate from Paris, Kentucky, was editor in the Spring 2017 semester. Andrew Henderson, a senior from Olive Hill, Kentucky, was editor in the Fall 2017 semester.
Carrie Pratt is the adviser to the College Heights Herald newsroom and Will Hoagland is the adviser to the advertising staff.
Here is how the Herald did in the news contest, competing among large university newspapers:
Here is how the Herald did in the advertising contest, competing among all collegiate newspapers:
About Student Publications: WKU Student Publications is home to some of the nation’s most honored student journalism at the collegiate level. The College Heights Herald newspaper, founded in January 1925, and its website WKUHerald.com have won the national Pacemaker Award, the top honor for a student-run publication, 16 times. Talisman, WKU’s student-run life and culture magazine, and its companion website WKUTalisman.com have won 20 Pacemakers. The College Heights Herald and the Talisman are both members of the Associated Collegiate Press Hall of Fame for their consistent records of excellence.
Contact: Chuck Clark, (270) 745-2653 or firstname.lastname@example.org