Baylor Student Publications Win First Place National Awards

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March 22, 2016

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WACO, Texas (March 22, 2016) – Two Baylor student publications’ websites were recently awarded national first-place titles by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for their design.

The Baylor Lariat's website, baylorlariat.com, won First Place News Online Design Website, and Focus Magazine's site, baylorfocusmagazine.com, won First Place Magazine Online Design Website.

"Winning a national title is a rare and significant accomplishment in any field," said Paul Carr, director of student publications. "Winning two at the same time is an unimaginable distinction for Baylor."

The competition included 4,232 entries from colleges, universities and schools across the United States. In addition to the national website honors, Baylor students also picked up 12 national digital media awards, including first place awards for video, audio slideshows, radio podcasts, photo slideshow and column writing.

"Such recognition elevates Baylor’s academic prestige within this profession, and it tells the world that Baylor students who work for the Lariat, Roundup, Focus and other student publications are prepared to work in any news organization in the country," Carr said.

Baylor's journalism program has been recognized by the Associated Press as an innovative student newsroom and was the only university student media program in the nation to win top awards in three categories from CSPA last year, for the newspaper, magazine and yearbook.

by Jenna Press, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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