Northern Student Wins Five Awards in Minnesota College Better Newspaper Contest

The Northern Student, Bemidji State University’s student-run monthly news magazine, received five awards in the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Minnesota College Better Newspaper Contest, announced Jan. 25 during the Better Newspaper Contest Banquet at the association’s annual convention in St. Paul, Minn.

The magazine was recognized for general excellence and four individuals won awards in the contest’s Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations; Arts & Entertainment Story; and Feature Photo competitions.

“I am very proud of the Northern Student staff,” said Valica Boudry, associate professor of integrated media and faculty adviser to the publication. “They put a lot of work into every issue because they enjoy what they do. It is a nice bonus, though, when their hard work is recognized by professionals in our field.”

Northern Student co-editors Stacey Kaslon, a junior mass communication major from Holdrege, Neb., and Hannah Cook, a senior mass communication major from International Falls, Minn., were on hand to accept the general excellence award.

“It’s rewarding to see the staff win an overall excellence award,” Kaslon said. “After all the late nights, weekends and holidays, the work all paid off.”

The Northern Student took home third place in the General Excellence category, which judges publications on the depth, breadth and quality of news coverage; quality of classified and display advertising; quality of the editorial page, with particular attention to community relevance; quantity and quality of pictorial content; and the overall appearance of the newspaper.

Hope Wall, a 2017 graduate in art & design from Big Lake, Minn., won both first and second place in the Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustration categories. She won first place for her illustration supporting the magazine’s story, “Sex: What No One Talks About,” from the magazine’s Feb. 2017 issue, and second place for her cover illustration, “Record Store Day: Celebrating Music in Bemidji,” for the magazine’s April 2017 issue.

Adam “Tony” Grobove, a senior marketing communication major from Burnsville, won first place in the Feature Photo category for his cover photo for the Dec. 2017 issue supporting the story “Why Do We Drink?”

Shawn Campbell, a senior mass communication major from Bemidji, brought home a second-place award for his April 2017 cover story, “Record Store Day: Celebrating Music in Bemidji,” which covered Northern Community Radio’s third annual pop-up vinyl record sales event held in conjunction with the national Record Store Day initiative.

• Launch the photo gallery at the top of this story to view individual winning entries.

About the Northern Student

The Northern Student is a free, student-run newspaper distributed at Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, parts of the Bemidji community and to the Northern Student’s advertising affiliates. The monthly magazine-format publication covers student life as well as local, national and world news. The Northern Student has been the voice of the students at Bemidji State University since 1926.

Northern Student Awards, 2018 Minnesota College Better Newspaper Contest

  • First Place—Feature Photo; Cover photo for “Why Do We Drink?” by Tony Grobove; Dec. 2017 issue
  • First Place—Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations; illustration for “Sex: What No One Talks About” by Hope Wall.
  • Second Place—Arts & Entertainment Story; “Record Store Day” by Shawn Campbell.
  • Second Place—Use of Information Graphics and Graphic Illustrations; illustration for “Record Store Day” by Hope Wall.
  • Third Place—General Excellence; The Northern Student

Bemidji State University, located amid the lakes and forests of northern Minnesota, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,100 students, Bemidji State offers more than 80 undergraduate majors and eight graduate degrees encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU is a member of the Minnesota State system of colleges and universities and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. The university’s Shared Fundamental Values include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and international and multicultural understanding.