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March 5, 2008
Sac State, UC Davis student newspapers win awards

The Sac State Hornet and UC Davis Aggie newspapers fared well at two recent college journalism contests.

In a contest sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press, the State Hornet finished first overall for “Interactive Elements” on its Web site. The Hornet also finished fourth nationally for newspaper Web sites and third for podcasting. And, in the print competition, Sac State finished seventh nationally in the Four-Year Weekly Broadsheet category. (The national champ for Four-Year Weekly Broadsheet was Sac State’s rival to the north, The Orion at Chico State.)

In the California College Media Association contest, the Aggie had some impressive showings in the contentious daily-newspaper category. The Aggie finished first for Best Editorial (staff), Best Feature Photo (Musa Zaid) and Best Cartoon (Kevin Burk). Overall, the Aggie won eight state awards.

The Hornet, competing in the weekly newspaper category, won first place for Best News Page Design (Ashley Evans), and had six other top-three finishes.

Meanwhile, in high school media competitions, advisor Brendan Hogan at Christian Brothers High School reports that his student-run TV news and sports operation, KBFT, has garnered some honors as well:

* At the spring nationals for student television, Christian Brothers won first place for live sports coverage (a boys basketball game). It also won first place for live daily or weekly news show.

* Students Austin Otto and Brittany Young placed second in a spot feature on-site contest at the 2008 Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim in January. Students Nathan Domek and Joel Johnston had an honorable mention in the Show Opening category.

Last year, KBFT did very well at the STN spring nationals with two first place awards.

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