June 20, 2024

The Chimes’ staff wins national awards at College Media Association conference

The Chimes’ staff was recognized for their effort with two awards at a national competition in New York City.

The Chimes competes in the small school division of the Apple Awards, the competition for attendees of the College Media Association spring conference. This division includes four-year institutions nationwide with 1,000 to 2,999 students in attendance.

(From left) Marvin Wurr, Ariana Herrera, Charlotte Keller, Kelly Messinger, Adrian Suppes, and Charlie Rinehart explore Times Square.

Reporter Marvin Wurr received an honorable mention for Best Opinion Column for his article titled “Why kids shouldn’t have access to smartphones.”

“I was thrilled to be recognized by the CMA for my opinion column regarding kids and smartphones,” said Wurr. “I had a great time exploring the Big Apple with other members of the Chimes.” 

The Chimes’ staff was awarded second place for Best News Website. The website can be viewed at cuchimes.com.

In the Best Newspaper category, the Chimes’ staff was awarded second place for their October 2023 print issue. The front page story was “Investigating university finances: Administration discusses enrollment issues, possible consequences.”

The achievements inspired pride from the leadership at the publication.

“I love how this staff appreciates journalism and practices it professionally,” said Kelly Messinger, adviser to the Chimes staff. “I am so proud of their achievements.”

“I could not be more proud of the hard work this staff has put in so far this year,” said Editor-in-Chief Adrian Suppes. “Watching this staff grow this year to be the reporters they are now just excites me to see what else we can accomplish in the future.”

(From left) Charlotte Keller, Sagel Gurreh, Megan Mitchell, Megan Martinez, Ariana Herrera, and Megan Martinez.

The College Media Association conference is the largest conference for collegiate journalists. In attendance, students get to meet student journalists from other institutions. In addition, the conference provides students with an opportunity to meet and connect with many professionals in the field.

At the conference, the staff attended sessions from leading journalists across the country to hone their craft. Students listened to speakers from The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CNN and other experts in the field.

After the sessions, the staff explored the city. Students went to a jazz club, watched a play, walked around Brooklyn and more.

“New York was equally exciting and overwhelming,” said Chief Layout Editor Ariana Herrera. “I will never forget the memories I made there with all my friends.”
“New York was a great time to get closer to the Chimes staff and learn more about how to produce better journalism,” said Charlie Rinehart, reporter. “I loved exploring the city, eating pizza, and feeling like a hipster.”


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