The Pulse, The University of Findlay’s weekly student newspaper, earned the top award in its division for best 2014 news coverage, along with other awards, at the Ohio Newspaper Association’s collegiate ceremony held Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.
The first place news coverage award went to all Pulse staffers. The judges said their stories “are topical and of strong interest to readers,” and that the “news staff definitely has its collective ‘pulse’ on the student body’s interests.’” Reporter and columnist Sarah Stubbs, who will become editor this fall, was mentioned for her story on the new fad, Twitter anonymous, and its pitfalls.
Pulse photographers Shelby Weems, Jake Dowling and Jingyun Liao also took home first place awards for their work. The judge’s panel characterized the photojournalists as “extremely talented,” and said their photos “were well done in terms of capturing the moment and adding visual interest to their respective stories.”
Editor, reporter and columnist Abbey Nickel was awarded third place for her headlines, “Hitting the books: Minivan collides with UF bookstore,” “Un-bearable? Students speak up about activities in Bare Hall” and “Harsh winter makes blood donations run cold locally”.
Nickel said the awards “really show us that hard work and persistence pay off.”
“I’m incredibly proud of the entire staff,” said Nickel.
The Pulse was one of 10 collegiate publications competing in Division B, which included newspapers with circulations from 5,000 to 7,600.
The Pulse is advised by Amy Rogan, assistant professor of communications at UF.