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Student Newspaper Takes Third at Regional Meet


MARCH 17, 2005--The UW-River Falls Student Voice took third place in the Best of Show category at the Best of the Midwest college newspaper contest at the Associated Collegiate Press Convention in Minneapolis in March.

Entrants in the Best of Show category are judged for overall excellence in writing, editing, design and photography. First and second place went to the University of Minnesota's Minnesota Daily and the University of Iowa's Daily Iowan.

"We were up against dailies with huge budgets and staff," said Derrick Williams, a journalism major from Stillwater, Minn., and this semester's co-editor with Eric Quade, a journalism major from Bruce, Wis. "Micheal Foley was the editor during fall semester, and those were the issues we submitted. It was great to receive the award and be recognized for our work."

While judges did not provide written critiques, Chad Rummel, contest coordinator for the National Scholastic Press/Associated Collegiate Press, recalled reviewing the newspaper. "I had a chance to critique the Student Voice, and I was not surprised when the judges placed it high in the list of excellent papers," said Rummel. "The paper has a strong sense of the campus community in its coverage, and it was clear to me that the members of the staff take their work seriously."

The annual convention brings together more than 100 collegiate newspapers to compete in a variety of areas, regardless of budget, circulation or staff size.

"In my mind, this is actually a first-place win because the Voice came out on top of all the weekly papers at the show and beat out some dailies as well," said journalism associate Professor Patricia Berg, the faculty advisor to the student newspaper. "I see how hard these students work, week after week, and I'm very gratified to see their work recognized."

With a press run/circulation of 4,000 the Student Voice has a staff of approximately 25-30 and is funded by student fee allocations and advertising revenue. It published weekly September through May, except for university term breaks, and is available at campus and community locations.

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