UNC Asheville Student Newspaper The Blue Banner Wins 10 Statewide Awards

Larisa Karr, left, Phillip Wyatt and Nick Haseloff, right, hold some of the awards The Blue Banner received Feb. 27 at the annual N.C. College Media Association's conference held this year at Greensboro College. Photo provided by UNCA

Press release:

The Blue Banner, UNC Asheville’s student newspaper, earned 10 awards at the annual statewide College Media Association conference held on Feb. 27 held at Greensboro College.

The Blue Banner received honors for news and feature writing as well as awards for page design, illustrations and photography. Winning awards this year were:

  • Jason Perry, a second place for opinion writing for “The silence that binds: How to cope with deployment of a loved one”
  • Makeda Sandford, second place for photography
  • Makeda Sandford, second place for illustration/graphic
  • Phillip Wyatt, third place for feature writing for “A true observer: New exhibit in Ramsey Library pays homage to legendary Asheville artist”
  • Larisa Karr, third place for illustration/graphic
  • Samuel Shumate and Curtis Ginn, third place for multimedia package
  • Emmanuel Figaro, third place for photography
  • Makeda Sandford, third place for page design
  • Harrison Slaughter, honorable mention for feature writing for “Local hip-hop artist perseveres to tell his tale after hitting rock bottom”
  • Phillip Wyatt, an honorable mention for news writing for “Asheville wakes up to bitter brew”

The N.C. College Media Association offers a one-day conference on a different campus each year to hold educational workshops and recognize outstanding work from the state’s student newspapers, yearbooks and online news organizations. The association is a special program sponsored by the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication at UNC-Chapel Hill.


About Virginia Daffron
Managing editor, lover of mountains, native of WNC. Follow me @virginiadaffron

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