The Calgary Journal recently took home awards at the National College Media Convention in Dallas, Texas.

The annual convention sees student publications across the United States and Canada come together for four days to learn from professionals and celebrate past journalistic work via the coveted Pacemaker Awards.

Entries are judged based on the coverage and content, quality of writing and reporting, leadership, design, photography and graphics.

The Journal’s print edition was awarded a Pacemaker based on five collective issues: one issue published Oct. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016, two consecutive issues published Feb. 1 to  March 31, 2017 and two issues published July 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017.

Reporters Ashley King and Karina Yaceyko landed second place in the Multimedia Story of the Year – News for their coverage of the Fort McMurray wildfire and its aftermath.

In the same category, reporters Nina Grossman and Josie Lukey received an honourable mention for their work on covering the use of lethal force by Calgary police following a number of police shootings in 2016.

The Journal was also awarded two more honourable mentions in the Multimedia Features category for work done by Hanna Deeves, Justine Deardoff and Katherine Huitema focusing on alternative treatments for mental illness and Jennifer Dorozio and Mary Yohannes’ project on medically assisted suicide.

The paper was also awarded an honourable mention in the category of Photo Excellence – Environmental Portrait taken by reporter Carlie Belbin.

A dog sleeps on the bed while its owner sleeps on the floor. This photo was awarded an honourable mention for for Photo Excellence at the Associated Collegiate Press, Oct. 28, 2017. Photo by Carlie Belbin.

Mount Royal University’s school newspaper, the Reflector, also received an honourable mention for their Remembrance Day cover design by reporter Nina Grossman.

The Reflector’s Remembrance Day issue, published on November 3, 2016, received an honourable mention for its cover design by Nina Grossman. Photo courtesy of the Reflector.

The Reflector also scored a second place award for the Feature Photo category taken by Brett Luft.  

This aerial drone photo of kayakers won second place for Feature Photo at the Associated Collegiate Press awards. Photo by Brett Luft for the Reflector.