LCCC’s student newspaper and student journalists win awards

Cheyenne, Wyo. -  Laramie County Community College’s journalism students were among only three community colleges to win nationally in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence contest.

In late April, LCCC’s student newspaper, Wingspan, won five first-place regional awards for small schools, the most of any school in that competition. The awards recognize work produced in 2014, and LCCC was in competition against two- and four-year institutions from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Wyoming

The first-place regional winners went onto national competition. Of those, LCCC had two national finalists: Brooke A. Rogers in general column writing and Tamara Rodgers in sports photography for a rodeo photo.

The other first-place regional winners from LCCC were:

  • General news reporting: Ike Fredregill
  • Feature writing: Vycktoryja Selves
  • Feature photography: Brooke A. Rogers

LCCC was also named a regional finalist in the following categories for small schools:

  • Best all-around non-daily student newspaper
  • Breaking news reporting: Fredregill
  • General news reporting: Rogers
  • In-depth reporting: Fredregill
  • Feature writing: Fredregill
  • Feature writing: Selves
  • Editorial writing: Erica Klimt
  • General news photography: Selves
  • Feature photography: Fredregill
  • Feature photography: Rodgers
  • Photo illustration: Rodgers

Wingspan advisers are Rosalind Schliske and J.L. O’Brien.

Founded in 1909 as Sigma Delta Chi, the Society of Professional Journalists is the nation’s most broad-based journalism organization, dedicated to encouraging the free practice of journalism and stimulating high standards of ethical behavior.