Cedars staff brings home eight SPJ awards

Awards season was good to the Cedars staff again this year. We just returned from the Society of Professional Journalists regional conference with eight Mark of Excellence awards. That’s three better than last year. Four of the awards were category winners and will be entered in the national contest.

This followed a third straight honor as the top non-daily student paper in Ohio in the Ohio Newspaper Association collegiate contest.

Journalists have never been in it for the money, and they aren’t just in it for awards either. But awards are still fun to win. It’s validation that you are doing good work, even some of the best work among your peers. The students of recent years are certainly helping to build a good reputation for the program and for Christian journalists.

They have been a blessing to work with. And it’s a blessing to see them take what they learn and apply it with a mindset of wanting to do the best job possible. Our program still has plenty of room to grow and much opportunity, but a strong foundation has been set in the past few years.

The goal of our faculty is to blend practical experience and skills development with what every journalist needs to know about the law, ethics and the ever-evolving business of journalism. And, most importantly, to apply a Christian worldview to every part of journalism.

If you know any Cedars staffers, please congratulate them on a job well done.

Cedarville graduate honored as best multi media journalist in West Virginia

Congratulations to 2011 Cedarville University graduate Michael Clouse. He just won an award as the Best Multi Media Journalist in the state by the West Virginia Broadcasters Association.

Michael majored in broadcasting and digital media. The journalism major started at Cedarville during his junior year, so he jumped in and took a couple of reporting classes to add to his broadcasting skills. The combination has served him well. His first two years out of school were spent at WTHI in Terre Haute, Indiana. Since then he has been at WSAZ in Charleston, West Virginia.

Watch the video below of Michael in action. It’s the compilation of stories he put together for his WVBA contest entry.

Cedarville journalism students gain experience writing for Springfield News-Sun

Students learn what they are capable of becoming when they apply what they’ve learned outside the classroom. But they don’t have to wait for an internship or a part-time job.

Cedarville journalism students have a one-credit hour requirement of practicum they take during their junior or senior year. This past fall the Springfield News-Sun in Springfield, Ohio, asked me if there was a way we could help each other. Six students had registered for the practicum class, so that seemed like the perfect. And it was. They each wrote five to six bylined news stories for the News-Sun on a variety of topics under a variety of deadline pressures. They enjoyed the real-world experience of getting assignments from an editor and working with the editor in a professional manner.

The News-Sun wants to continue this relationship next year. And one of the students got an internship that she is completing this semester.

If you are interested in journalism at Cedarville, send me a message with any questions you have.

Watch this video to hear what these students have to say about the experience.