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SCC Student Newspaper Wins 19 Kentucky Press Association Awards

Feb 6, 2018
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Savanah Alexander Colangelo, the Bridge’s Managing Editor during Fall 2017

Jay Stringer, the Bridge’s Managing Editor during Spring 2017

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Alyson Branscum, the Bridge’s current Managing Editor Sally Hatterman
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Joshua Harris Leighton Coffey

The Bridge, Somerset Community College’s student newspaper, received 19 awards in the Kentucky Press Association’s 2018 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest, including second place for General Excellence, on Jan. 26 in Lexington. The annual contest recognizes outstanding work by reporters, columnists, photographers, designers, and advertisers from the state’s professional and college newspapers. The lone community college newspaper competing in the contest’s Student Publications, Class 1 category (schools with fewer than 10,000 students), The Bridge finished a close second to the University of the Cumberlands’ student newspaper, The Patriot, for top honors. Bellarmine University’s The Concord finished third.

Faculty advisors for The Bridge are Stuart Simpson and Jeff Harris. The graphic design advisor is Marlene Larkins. “Our staff may have fewer students than those of the schools we compete with, but it is a talented, hard-working bunch,” Harris said. “The recognition they’ve received is well-earned.”  Simpson said that he is especially glad to see the staff receive recognition in the category of Best Use of Social Media (second place), a relatively new endeavor for The Bridge. He added that he hopes this recent success will “encourage other students to join the newspaper staff.”

The Bridge’s staff members won or shared five first-place awards, six second-place awards, and five third-place awards in individual categories. The staff as a whole won two category awards, in addition to the second-place finish in General Excellence.

Savanah Colangelo, The Bridge’s managing editor during the fall 2017 semester, won a total of nine awards, including first place in both the Best Enterprise/Analytical Story and Best News Picture categories. She also received third-place awards for Best General News Story, Best Feature Story, Best Enterprise/Analytical Story, Best Investigative Story and Best Columns; and shared second-place awards for Best Ongoing/Extended News Coverage and Best Use of Social Media. The contest judges were effusive in their praise for Colangelo’s news article on reactions to the possible implementation of a “soft skills” curriculum at SCC, saying that it features “great quotes from faculty about their feelings on it and not hiding the negative feelings. Great story!” Colangelo’s column on the passing of Jim McFeeters, a longtime member of SCC’s faculty, was cited by judges as “heart-warming.”

Jay Stringer, the Bridge’s managing editor during the spring 2017 semester, won a total of four awards, including first place for Best Columns and for Best Headline, as well as second place for Best Feature Story. Stringer also shared a second-place award for Ongoing/Extended Coverage. Judges praised Stringer for his work as a columnist, calling him a “strong writer” who expresses his views “with conviction, clarity and some sarcasm, which works in the way (he) use(s) it. Good job!”

The Bridge’s current managing editor, Alyson Branscum, shared a second-place award for Best Use of Social Media for co-hosting the newspaper’s Facebook Live interview show, “Five Minutes with …” She also won a second-place award for Best Enterprise/ Analytical Story for an article on the availability and use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at SCC.

Sally Hatterman received second-place awards for Best Photo Essay and for Best Columns. Judges said she did a “great job of backing up (her) stories with facts.”

Josh Harris and Leighton Coffey shared the first place award for Best Ongoing/ Extended Coverage, as each wrote articles on campus security. Judges said they did a “very good job of digging into the issue.”

The Bridge swept the awards in the Best Column, Best Enterprise/Analytical Story, and Best On-going/Extended Coverage categories. In addition to its overall second-place finish, The Bridge received staff awards for Best Front Page (first place) and for Best Lifestyle Page (Certificate of Merit).

Visit The Bridge webpage to read past issues. Contact Jeff Harris at jeff.harris@kctcs.edu or Stuart Simpson at stuart.simpson@kctcs.edu for information on how to join SCC's newspaper.