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CBU campus newspaper claims First Place in national competition

RIVERSIDE (March 6, 2013) - The Banner, campus newspaper of California Baptist University, took first place in the four-year, non-weekly newspaper category in the "Best of Show" awards at the National College Journalism Convention, April 28-May 3 in San Francisco, Calif.

 Nineteen students from the CBU Journalism & Media and Public Relations program attended the annual convention hosted by Associated Collegiate Press.

"Receiving this award was very humbling," said Sharayah Le Leux, senior journalism major and editor-in-chief of The Banner. "It proves all the hard work we've been striving towards is paying off. I'm proud of the staff and the work we've been putting in to make The Banner an award winning publication."

While at the conference, the students attended sessions presented by keynote speakers, workshops conducted by professional journalists and had The Banner critiqued by journalism professionals and college journalism advisers.

 During the same time, seven students from the CBU Journalism & Media and Public Relations program were attending the 20th Annual Southwestern Photojournalism Conference to Fort Worth, Texas. They also heard keynote presentations from professional photojournalists, attended photography workshops, and had professional photojournalists critique their portfolios.

"We are very proud of our talented students, their dedication to the campus publications, and the outstanding work they do to provide CBU with these award-winning publications," said Dr. Michael Chute, professor of journalism and director of the Journalism & Media and Public Relations program.

 "CBU's campus publications have won numerous awards over the past several years under the direction of Dr. Mary Ann Pearson. While we don’t produce these publications to win awards, they are validation of the outstanding work our students are doing and the skills they are mastering in our journalism education program."

 Grace Ferrell, senior journalism major with a photojournalism concentration, said of the Southwestern conference: From sitting on a couch with (Sports Illustrated photographer) Dave Black as he critiqued my portfolio to listening as (National Geographic photographer) Joanna Pinneo described the people, relationships and stories behind her powerful images, the conference expanded my knowledge of not only how to be a photographer, but what it means to be a Christian photographer.

"I enjoyed getting to interact with professional photographers who were so open to speaking with students about their experiences. Many of the students like myself dream about traveling and capturing storytelling images; the opportunity to interact with professionals who have done just that was priceless," Ferrell said.

The students who attended these events returned to CBU to put what they learned to good use in continuing to produce award-winner publications: the next issue of The Banner on newsstands March 8; the spring edition of Pursuit magazine, distributed on campus March 20; and the 2012-13 Angelos yearbook, available to students April 25.

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View the winning entry by clicking  here  and  here .