The Collegian newspaper, Royal Purple yearbook, and Manhappenin’ magazine, combined, won 53 individual
awards at this year’s Kansas Collegiate Media conference, Friday, April 9. The publications also swept the three
All-Kansas categories for Best Newspaper, Best Yearbook and Best Magazine. It’s the second consecutive year that
CMG took the top spot in every category.
Hundreds of students across the state competed in at least 30 categories, including Journalist of The Year in which
The Collegian’s Editor-in-Chief, Bailey Britton, won Second Place. Manhappenin’ magazine writer, Anna Schmidt,
won First Place for Profile Writing. Kate Torline won five awards in multiple categories for her work with the
magazine and the Royal Purple, including a First Place win for Portrait Photography.
“These well-deserved recognitions are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our students who have
worked tirelessly to tell the important stories of our campus community,” CMG Assistant Director, John Walter,
said. “Despite the challenges and obstacles of this past year, these students have worked hard to find creative
solutions without ever missing a step and I couldn’t be more proud of their efforts.”
“The editorial accomplishments can’t happen without financial resources,” CMG Director Ira David Levy said. “We
owe much of this success to the outstanding work of our advertising sales team.” Led by the Director of
Advertising Sales and Marketing, Daren Lee Lewis, CMG’s advertising department won First Place for Best Rate
Card and three awards for Best Single Ad Design.
“More important than the awards,” Levy said, “is what they do for our students. They reflect and serve as evidence
of a strong work ethic, experience, and skills that future employers look for when choosing from among thousands
of college graduates competing for their first jobs. The students who work at CMG are building their foundations
and portfolios that they will bring into interviews. Many of our students are not journalism majors and I invite
students across campus to join the team and aspire to achieve.”