Publication takes top honours at North American media convention

The October issue of the Calgary Journal — the first to offer our revamped design and new sections based on research aimed at better engaging audiences — has been awarded Best in Show at the Associated Collegiate Press National College Media Convention in Orlando, Fla.

Our category, for print publications produced less frequently than weekly, featured universities and colleges from across North America. This comes on the heels of our 2010 Pacemaker award for journalistic excellence, which was awarded to us by the same North America-wide organization.

“We are one of the few student publications to take on community news, as opposed to just producing news for the campus community,” said the Journal’s supervising editor, Shauna Snow-Capparelli, an associate professor of journalism at Mount Royal University. “So receiving recognition for this work is doubly important as we aim to grow our readership in the city.

“This recognition by our American peers builds confidence for our journalism students as they enter the workforce, and it will also help our readers as we continue to strive for excellence in our coverage of the people, issues and events that shape Calgary.”

The Calgary Journal, published monthly in print and several times per week online, is produced entirely by students in MRU’s journalism program.