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Northerner wins 5 Kentucky Press Association awards

NKU’s independent news org honored for reporting, video, photo and design

January 29, 2019


Photo by Michele Day

Northerner editors Josh Kelly, Nicole Browning, Sam Rosenstiel, Natalie Hamren and Kane Mitten at the Kentucky Press Association Conference and Awards, Jan. 25, 2019.

The Northerner won five Kentucky Press Association awards Jan. 25. The Northerner, along with all Kentucky student publications, was also recognized for a year of watchdog reporting and a student press fight for public records.

Former Editor-in-Chief Mackenzie Manley won first place for Best Column. Video reporters Katherine Veith, Emma Wilson and Jen McMahon won first place for Creative Use of Multimedia. The Northerner staff won first place for Best Front Page. Manley and Editor-in-Chief Sam Rosenstiel won second place for Best Enterprise or Analytical Story. Photo Editor Colin Johnson won second place for Best General News Photo.

The Russ Metz Memorial Most Valuable Member Award, traditionally given to a Kentucky journalist who performed the most outstanding service, was instead awarded to the staffs of all state college student publications. The Northerner was recognized alongside The College Heights Herald (WKU), The Kentucky Kernel (UK), The Murray State News, The Eastern Progress (EKU), The Louisville Cardinal and more.

“We are honored that KPA recognizes the hard work of Northern Kentucky student reporters, photographers and designers,” Rosenstiel said. “To receive the Russ Metz award along with the other talented and courageous student news organizations across Kentucky is an honor our staff is proud to share. In this new year, we look forward to creating a Northerner that continues to inspire and inform our NKU community.”

The Northerner was recently recognized nationally for its coverage of sexual misconduct, sports photos and editorial illustration.

KPA, which celebrates its 150th anniversary this year, is an organization for the advancement of professional and student journalists, and its Kentucky Intercollegiate Press Association supports student news publications around the state.

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