Student Newspaper Honored by Utah Press Association

March 20, 2008

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University's student newspaper, The Signpost, received 10 awards—including one first-place honor—during the Utah Press Association's annual winter convention and Better Newspaper Contest in St. George, Utah, March 8.

The Signpost competed against similarly sized, professional newspapers.

Sports editor Jon McBride of Ogden won first place in the Best Sports Page category.

Taking home second-place prizes were McBride for sports column, photographer Matt Glass of Roy for feature photo, and editor-in-chief Molly Bennett of Bountiful and managing editor Cynthia Loveland of Ogden for special section. Graphics editor Brittanie Stumpp of Ogden was also awarded second place for in-house advertising design.

Third-place honors went to Glass for sports photo, columnist Gina Barker of Layton for editor's column, former copy editor Amber Wilson of Ogden for editorial and former news writer Deborah Ramsay of Syracuse for feature story. Stumpp also received a third-place award for use of advertising color.  

"Winning 10 UPA awards is very exciting," said Allison Barlow Hess, faculty adviser to The Signpost. "It's a testament to how hard our students work and how well prepared they are to enter the world of journalism."

The Signpost also competes in a regional student newspaper contest sponsored annually by the Society of Professional Journalists. This year the newspaper is a finalist in three categories: Best Overall Newspaper, Best Editorial Writing and Best General News Reporting. Results of the contest will be announced mid-April.

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Allison Barlow Hess, communication instructor specialist and Signpost faculty adviser
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