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Wingspan again brings home national and regional awards

Thursday, April 22, 2010
The paper earned honors from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Collegiate Press.

Laramie County Community College’s student newspaper, Wingspan, is once again among the top college newspapers in the region and nation. The paper earned awards from the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence competition and the National College Journalism Convention sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press.

In the SPJ competition, Wingspan was the only publication from a two-year institution in the region to win awards – all first places.

The awards were presented April 10 in Denver at the SPJ regional conference. Region IX includes Wyoming, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. Because they are first-place awards, the Wingspan entries will go on to national competition, and the winners will be announced at the SPJ national convention Oct. 3-5 in Las Vegas.

The awards were as follows:

• Houston Woodhouse: Photo illustration, “The new depression.”
• Stephanie Maas: Sports photography, “Round ‘em up.”
• Dominic Benintende: General column writing for a series of three.
• Vernon Hedrick: Feature writing, “Economic blast from the past.”
• Travis Sherman: Breaking news photography, “Car bash.”
• Wingspan staff: Editorial writing, “Cafeteria slices options,” “Chilled student voice” and “My college takes more.”
• Wingspan staff: Breaking news reporting, “Trustees vote 4-3 to increase fees.”

The competition year was calendar year 2009. Chris Arneson of Cheyenne and Tiffany Razo of Alliance, Neb., were co-editors during the spring 2009 semester, and Razo and Dominic Benintende of Cheyenne were co-editors during the fall 2009 semester.

Rosalind Schliske and J.L. O’Brien are faculty advisers to the publication.

Earlier in the semester, Wingspan garnered recognition as a national Best of Show winner in the National College Journalism competition on Feb. 28. The February 2010 issue took third place in the two-year college newspaper category.