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15 Jul

Collegian Media Group names David Levy new director

In Uncategorised by collegianit / July 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

David Levy, who has been the student media adviser at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina, since 2018, has been appointed director of the Collegian Media Group. His appointment becomes official on Aug. 1 following an extensive national search to find a seasoned professional to manage the Collegian and its affiliated publications, the Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine.

David Levy new collegian media group director

Levy will replace Linda Puntney, who served as the interim CMG director last academic year, replacing Steve Wolgast, who left K-State last fall after a decade as the leader of the CMG organization.

At Appalachian State, Levy advised a staff of 70 students who published a daily online newspaper, the Appalachian, and a live weekly television newscast for the local cable channel. During his time as adviser, Levy’s students earned 36 national and statewide awards through the College Media Association and the Associated Collegiate Press. Additionally, the print and online editions of the Appalachian were judged as the top publications in their categories at the North Carolina College Media Association competitions for the past two years.

Before joining the faculty at Appalachian State, Levy served in a similar role at Wright College in Chicago. He teaches classes in reporting, writing, copy editing and media ethics.

Levy also has a background in television. An avid cyclist, he has produced a nationally distributed television series for the Public Broadcasting System, Pedal America, which was seen by 92% of the PBS audience in the U.S. and Canada. He hopes to continue producing the show here at K-State and to open new internship and practicum opportunities for JMC students.

“Kansas State University has always been considered one of the top student publications jobs in the country,” said Steve Smethers, director of the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications. “Our century-old tradition in producing award-winning student media has made this a respected position among the nation’s college media advisers.

“David Levy is the perfect match for K-State and where we are headed as a program,” Smethers said. “He has a track record of leading students in producing quality media products at Appalachian State, and I know he will bring that track record to the Collegian Media Group.”

16 Apr

Newspaper, yearbook and magazine staffers earn state media honors

In Uncategorised by collegianit / April 16, 2020 / 0 Comments

 The Kansas State Collegian, 2019 Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine all received Gold All-Kansas ratings from Kansas Collegiate Media. The Gold All-Kansas rating is the highest given by the association, which is composed of student media representing both the two and four-year schools in Kansas.

Collegian Media Group students also earned 29 individual awards.

The following students earned awards from Kansas Collegiate Media:

Alex Todd, fall 2018 bachelor’s graduate in information systems, Andover, first place in news/event photography, first place in sports/action photography and honorable mention in sports/action photography, all for the Royal Purple; Katelin Woods, senior in theatre and mass communications, Clearwater, third place in special section and honorable mention in social media storytelling, both for the Kansas State Collegian; Bailey Britton, sophomore in mass communications and English, Colby, first place in news/event writing, Kansas State Collegian; Rafael Garcia, May 2019 bachelor’s graduate in mass communications, Emporia, first place in news/event writing, Kansas State Collegian.

From Greater Kansas City: Olivia Rogers, senior in political science, Gardner, honorable mention in social media storytelling, Kansas State Collegian; Mary Beth Karlin, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, Lenexa, second place in feature writing, Manhappenin’ magazine; Mackenzie Smith, December 2019 bachelor’s graduate in apparel and textiles, Olathe, first place in bare feature photos, Manhappenin’ magazine; Hallie Everett, sophomore in mass communications, Overland Park, first place in news event writing, Royal Purple; Madi Fleming, freshman in interior design, Overland Park, second place in feature writing, Manhappenin’ magazine; Julie Freijat, sophomore in mass communications, Overland Park, honorable mention in illustration and graphics, Kansas State Collegian; Courtney Honn, sophomore in pre-professional elementary education, Overland Park, third place in headline design, Royal Purple; Logan Wassall, senior in mass communications, Overland Park, first place in sports/action photography for the Kansas State Collegian and third place in sports/action photography for the Royal Purple; and Kaylie McLaughlin, senior in mass communications, Shawnee, third place in special section and honorable mention in social media storytelling, both for the Kansas State Collegian.

Halle Lang, sophomore in fine arts, Hays, first place in bare feature photos and honorable mention for feature photography, Manhappenin’ magazine; Olivia Bergmeier, senior in mass communications, Hutchinson, second place in feature photography for the Royal Purple and honorable mention in illustration and infographics for the Kansas State Collegian; Katie Harbert, senior in agricultural communications and journalism, Kingman, honorable mention in page design, Royal Purple; Dylan Connell, freshman in fine arts, Manhattan, first place in news/event photography, Kansas State Collegian; Natalie Jaeger, May 2019 bachelor’s graduate in mass communications, Mound City, third place in page design, Manhappenin’ magazine; Brianna Womack, senior in mass communications, Silver Lake, second place in news event writing, Royal Purple; Dene Dryden, senior in English, Stockton, third place in feature writing, Collegian; Rachael Hogan, December 2019 bachelor’s graduate in mass communications, Topeka, third place in special section, Kansas State Collegian.

From Wichita: Leah Brock, junior in mass communications, first place in page design, Royal Purple; Hannah Greer, summer 2019 bachelor’s graduate in mass communications, honorable mention for feature photography, Manhappenin’ magazine; Natalie Leonard, senior in mass communications, first place in feature writing, Manhappenin’ magazine; and Kate Torline, junior in mass communications, first place in bare feature photos and honorable mention for feature photography, Manhappenin’ magazine.

From out of state: Abby Pfannenstiel, senior in apparel and textiles, Kansas City, Missouri, first place in table of contents design and second place in fall 2019 cover design, Manhappenin’ magazine; Caroline Fullerton, junior in agricultural economics, Platte Woods, Missouri, first place in headline design, Manhappenin’ magazine; and Ashley Read, senior in fine arts, Austin, Texas, first place in cover design-2019 Insight, Royal Purple.

From out of country: Alanud Alanazi, senior in architectural engineering, Saudi Arabia, honorable mention in news/event photography, Royal Purple.

The Collegian Media Group shares the stories of Kansas State University and Manhattan with communities on and off campus through its three student run publications: the Kansas State Collegian newspaper, Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine. Collectively, the publications are among the oldest and most decorated collegiate publications in the nation. The Royal Purple first appeared in 1909 but was preceded by class books in 1891 and in 1896 K-State celebrated the inaugural edition of the campus newspaper, originally named The Student Herald.  Started in 2016, Manhappenin’ magazine is the newest publication in the Collegian Media Group.

26 Mar

Now Accepting Applications for 2020-2021 Staff Positions

In Job Openings,Uncategorised by collegianit / March 26, 2020 / 0 Comments

Collegian Media Group is now accepting applications for staff positions for the 2020-2021 academic school year. Our organization is one of the largest student employers on campus; annually we hire over 150 students to contribute to several publications, advertising team, and other student positions in our organizations.

The following leadership positions are open for application:

  • Advertising account executive
  • Writers for all publications
  • Designers for all publications
  • Photographers for all publications

 The editors of The Collegian newspaper, Manhappenin’ Magazine, and the Royal Purple yearbook collect staff applications, coordinate interviews, define positions and duties, and hire all positions. 

Interested applicants should fill out the Student Position Application on our website or the K-State Handshake job board. Applications should include a resume, cover letter, and examples of journalism experience. 

For questions about these positions or additional student opportunities with Collegian Media Group please e-mail John Walter ([email protected]), associate director.

15 Mar

Offices of Collegian Media Group transition to remote operation

In Uncategorised by collegianit / March 15, 2020 / 0 Comments

Following K-State’s decision to immediately move to limited campus operations, the offices of Collegian Media Group will close on Monday, March 16 and transition to remote operation until further notice.

Please contact Linda Puntney, interim director, John Walter, assistant director, or Daren Lewis, advertising manager should you need assistance.


26 Nov

Collegian Media Group seeks full-time Director/Instructor

In Job Openings,Uncategorised by collegianit / November 26, 2019 / 0 Comments
About This Role: The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the Collegian Media Group(CMG) are seeking to fill a cooperative position of an Director of Collegian Media Group / Instructor. This position is a full time, benefits eligible, 12 month appointment. The anticipated start date for this position is July 1st, 2020. An example some of the duties this position will be responsible for are below:

  • Teach a three course load in Journalism and Mass Communications related to reporting, media design, and data visualization.
  • Serve as adviser CMG publications, including the Collegian and companion publications. Participate in planning sessions, provide feedback for student leaders, encouraging creativity and promoting successful risk-taking.
  • Support journalistic endeavors to create student journalistic opportunity, helping grow, guide, correct and nurture the next generation of journalists.
  • Serve as administrator of the CMG corporation, including
    • Execute the directions of the CMG board of directors and successfully implement changes.
    • Keeping board aware of non-profit’s achievements and weaknesses.
    • Acting on committees for the board, including financial and fundraising.
    • Preparing financial and managerial documents while planning monthly board meetings.
  • Act as manager of the daily operations of the CMG, including:
    • Oversee day-to-day activities of the nonprofit; hire and supervise the permanent staff reporting to the director.
    • Act as CMG treasurer
    • Supervise CMG employees
    • Interface with vendors
    • Prepare yearly budget, track charges and be responsible for the bottom line.
Why Join Us:
We Support Diversity and Inclusion: The A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications in the College of Arts and Sciences seeks to foster diversity in a commitment to recruit, retain and resource peoples historically under-represented in university education in the United States. Fostering diversity goes beyond increasing the numbers of under-represented students, faculty and staff. It also includes a commitment to substantial curricular offerings, resources, and programming that foregrounds the knowledge, perspectives, cultures, and histories of marginalized communities. A truly diverse college culture and structure will benefit all members of the university community to better serve and excel in an increasingly global and multicultural world.


What You’ll Need to Succeed: Minimum Requirements:

  • Ability to motivate and lead a team.
  • Excellent journalistic writing and copy-editing skills
  • Experience in leading a staff publishing on multi-platforms on a regular (multiple times per week) basis.
  • Experience in teaching writing, media design or data visualization.
  • Master’s degree in journalism or relevant field.
  • Understanding and commitment to the First Amendment and a school journalist’s rights.
  • Adherence to journalistic standards as outlined by the Society of Professional Journalists Code of ethics.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 3-5 years of industry experience.
  • Publishing experience on multiple platforms.
  • Fluent in social media platforms.

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment


How to Apply: Please submit the following documents:

  1. Current Curriculum Vitae
  2. Letter of Interest outlining specific skills and experiences related to the position
  3. Name and contact information for three professional references


Review of Applications Begins: Immediately and continues until the position is filled.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $ 85,000 to $ 92,000 annual salary


Equal Employment Opportunity: Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.


Background Screening Statement: In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.


Apply Now
08 Nov

Collegian Media Group brings home multiple national awards

In Uncategorised by collegianit / November 8, 2019 / 0 Comments

Students from Kansas State University’s Collegian Media Group brought home 12 national awards from the Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association convention in Washington, D.C. last week.

But the convention was about more than winning awards. More than 100 instructional sessions filled the program.

“There were so many sessions from professional journalists to choose from that it was easy to find ideas to bring home,” Kaylie McLaughlin, 2019 Collegian editor said, “ but the most beneficial thing for me was talking with students from other campuses about their publications. I have so many ideas to share with the Collegian staff.”

The 2018 Royal Purple yearbook was one of three in the nation to be named a Pacemaker, the highest award given by ACP, which also recognized the 2019 Royal Purple with third place in Best of  Show competition.

CMA recognized the Royal Purple with a second place in Yearbook of the Year competition.

The Royal Purple staff also received:

Ashley Read, 2020 Royal Purple editor-in-chief, accepts multiple CMA awards at the National College Media Convention.

• Second place in Best Yearbook Entertainment Spread — Katie Harbert, Meg Shearer

• Honorable mention in Best Photo Package — Olivia Bergmeier, Alex Todd

• First place in Best Yearbook Entertainment Spread — Ashley Read, Logan Wassall

• Second Place in Best Yearbook Cover — Ashley Read, Alex Todd

• Best Yearbook Sports Spread in the Pinnacle awards — Emily Lenk

• ACP recognized the book with Best Yearbook Cover and Best Yearbook Spread

• ACP recognized Logan Wassall with am honorable mention in Sports Photography

Collegian awards included:

•  ACP Honorable mention in Editorial Writing — Rafael Garcia, Kyle Hampel and Olivia Rogers

• ACP Honorable mention in Feature Photography — Alex Todd

The Manhappenin’ Magazine staff was recognized with the Best Magazine Sports Spread.

“Bringing back so many awards just validates what we are doing with the RP,” Ashley Read, 2020 Royal Purple editor said. “It proves we are doing good work and it motivates us to do more to make this year’s book even better for the student body and to win more awards next year.”


05 Sep

Collegian Media Group named finalist for 5 Pinnacle Awards by College Media Association

In Uncategorised by collegianit / September 5, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine have recently been announced as finalists for multiple Pinnacle Awards by the College Media Association.

The 2019 Royal Purple yearbook has been named a Yearbook of the Year finalist by the College Media Association.














Royal Purple:
Yearbook of the Year Finalist – Ashley Read, Lane Dickinson
Best Photo Package Finalist – Alex Todd
Best Yearbook Cover Finalist – Ashley Read
Best Yearbook Entertainment Spread Finalist – Logan Wassall, Haley Reiners, Ashley Read, Lane Dicksion
Best Yearbook Sports Spread Finalist – Meg Shearer, Angela Sawyer, Ashely Read, Lane Dickinson















Manhappenin’ magazine:
Best Magazine Sports Spread Finalist – Emily Lenk

Award winners will be announced at the National College Media Convention in Washington D.C. on Oct. 31 – Nov. 3, 2019.

09 Apr

31 total entries, including 10 first place finishes, headline CMG’s efforts at the 2019 Kansas Collegiate Media Conference

In Uncategorised by collegianit / April 9, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Collegian Media Group placed a record number of entries at the 2019 Kansas Collegiate Media Conference in Wichita.

In total, 31 awards were claimed along with 10 first place entries.

Overall Four-Year Public Yearbook-All Kansas-2018 Royal Purple Yearbook
Overall Four-Year Public Magazine-Silver Medal-Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Page Design, Molly Burt, Olivia Bergmeier, Addyson Maples, Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Illustration and Infographics, Monica Melber, Anna Scarlett, Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Feature Writing, Caroline Lassman, Melanie Murray, Paige Eichkorn, Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Cover Designs, Emily Lenk, Meg Shearer, Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Table of Contents Page Design, Emily Lenk, Desmund Weathers, Manhappenin’ magazine
First Place, Headlines/Artistic headline design, Ashley Read, Royal Purple Yearbook
First Place, Feature Photography, Alex Todd, The Collegian
First Place, Feature Writing, Greg Woods, The Collegian
First Place, Ad Design, Acacia Thalmann, The Collegian
First Place, Sports Feature Writing, Jarrett Whitson, The Collegian
Second Place, Headlines/Artistic headline design, Addyson Maples, Sarah Emry, Alanud Alanazi, Manhappenin’ magazine
Second Place, Theme Development, Andrew Nevins, Savannah Rattanavong and Ashley Read, Royal Purple Yearbook
Second Place, Feature Photography, Regan Tokos, Royal Purple Yearbook
Third Place, Online Photo Essay/Gallery, Laken Horton, Anna Scarlett, Desmund Weathers, Manhappenin’ magazine
Third Place, Feature Photography, Meg Shearer, Royal Purple Yearbook
Third Place, Sports/Action Photography, Olivia Bergmeier, The Collegian
Third Place, News/Event Writing, Rafael Garcia, Greg Woods, Kaylie McLaughlin, The Collegian
Third Place, Special Sections, Publications or Innovations, Rafael Garcia, Rachael Hogan, Colton Seamans, The Collegian
Honorable Mention, Headlines/Artistic headline design, Addyson Maples, Sarah Emry, Alanud Alanazi, Manhappenin’ magazine
Honorable Mention, Illustration and Infographics, Sarah Emry, Meg Shearer, Alexcia Rodriguez, Manhappenin’ magazine
Honorable Mention, Cover Designs, Emily Lenk, Meg Shearer, Manhappenin’ magazine
Honorable Mention, Headlines/Artistics headline design, Addyson Maples, Sarah Emry, Alanud Alanazi, Manhappenin’ magazine
Honorable Mention, News/Event Writing, Sarah Emry, Savannah Rattavong, Emily Lenk, Manhappenin’ magazine
Honorable Mention, Sports/Action Photography, Meg Shearer, Regan Tokos, Royal Purple Yearbook
Honorable Mention, Sports/Action Photography, Logan Wassall, The Collegian
Honorable Mention, Copy Editing, Dene Dryden, The Collegian
Honorable Mention, News/Event Writing, Julie Freijat, Rafael Garcia, The Collegian
Honorable Mention, Editorial Writing, Olivia Rogers, Kyle Hampel, The Collegian
Honorable Mention, Feature Writing, Kaylie McLaughlin, The Collegian

18 Mar

Manhappenin’ and Collegian staffers place in competitive Mark of Excellence Contest through Society of Professional Journalists

In Uncategorised by collegianit / March 18, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Collegian Media Group recently competed in the 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence contest. This regional contest pits us against seven other states in a highly competitive regional that includes Wichita State, Drake, University of Kansas, Missouri and the University of Iowa.

A total of three of our 11 entries placed:
Photo Illustration-Halle Lang and Mollie Robinson-Manhappenin’ magazine
Sports Photography-Logan Wassall-The Collegian
Breaking News Reporting-Alec Madrigal-The Collegian

These four students are now finalists and winners will be announced in mid-April at the SPJ Region 7 Conference in Ames, Iowa.

Junior running back Alex Barnes leaps over defenders while running the ball in K-State’s football game against Oklahoma State in Bill Snyder Family Stadium on Oct. 13, 2018. The Wildcats defeated the Cowboys 31-12. (Logan Wassall | Collegian Media Group)

13 Feb

Collegian Media Group seeks assistant director and publications adviser for Royal Purple yearbook and Manhappenin’ magazine

In Uncategorised by collegianit / February 13, 2019 / 0 Comments

Assistant Director & Publications Adviser

Collegian Media Group seeks an energetic and experienced student media professional to serve as assistant director and to guide a staff of university students in creating, editing and promoting the Royal Purple, the nation’s most-decorated yearbook, as well as advising the staff of a new lifestyle magazine, Manhappenin’, at Kansas State University.

The Role

As the Royal Purple adviser, the successful candidate will oversee the student staff who create, edit and promote the yearbook, lending his or her experience to the editors as a coach and guide. Founded in 1909, the Royal Purple consistently wins national honors for its content.

As the Manhappenin’ adviser, the successful candidate will oversee the student staff who create our new semi-annual magazine that covers lifestyle, culture and fashion in and around Manhattan. The publication recently placed first in the Kansas Press Association best magazine in 2019.

As the assistant director, the candidate will direct the Flint Hills Publications Workshop, a summer high school journalism camp, manage a staff of IT support students, and advise the student photographers for the publications. The assistant director will also serve as a liaison for the Kansas Scholastic Press Association and high school events at Kansas State.

The ideal candidate will have online publishing and/or journalism skills that she or he can share with the staff of the Collegian, the daily student newspaper. He or she will also share in duties of budgeting and reaching the corporate goals set by the board of directors.

This is a twelve-month job with the potential for flexible work hours. Salary is commensurate with experience, and includes a suite of health insurance, dental insurance, a 403(b) retirement fund, and life insurance.

As an extracurricular activity, our publications have a student staff who come from across the K-State campus. In addition to the large group enrolled in the A. Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications, we also have writers from the College of Human Ecology, advertising staff from the College of Business Administration and technology staff from the Carl R. Ice College of Engineering.

The company
In addition to the Royal Purple and Manhappenin’, Collegian Media Group publishes the Collegian, a daily news source, and hosts the annual Flint Hills Publications Workshop. The Collegian regularly wins state and regional awards, and was founded in 1896. The business was incorporated as a 501(c)3 in 1946 and received non-profit status the following year. It is governed by a board of directors and is independent of Kansas State University.

•Required: Bachelor’s degree; previous experience with student media, preferably with a yearbook; thorough understanding of creating and managing web sites.
• Desired: Master’s degree; knowledge of digital and mobile applications for publication use. Experience with advising or teaching students. Familiarity with budgeting and Macs. Attends nightly staff meetings 2-3 times per week.
•Send a cover letter outlining your qualifications and explaining why you are the right person to lead our publication staffs, along with a resume and contact information for three references, to:

Collegian Media Group
103 Kedzie Hall
Manhattan KS 66506-1505

Or by email to: [email protected]

Finalists will undergo a criminal background check. Review of applications will begin Monday, March 18, and continue until the job is filled. Candidate would likely start at the beginning of June 2019.