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Student journalists receive 50 Golden Leaf Awards

HASTINGS – Student journalists from the Doane College journalism and media department received 50 separate honors, including Best Digital Medium for Doaneline, from the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association at the organization’s annual Golden Leaf Award ceremony this past weekend.

Doaneline, Doane Student Media’s news website, has now taken top honors for the best student-produced news website in the state three years in a row, and this year’s award was one of 17 for the website. It swept blogging and video journalism – taking first, second and third place in each category – and won seven first-place awards in all.

In the best television station category, DCTV took second, while The Doane Owl and KDNE landed in third place in best newspaper and best radio station, respectively.

DCTV had four first-place honors in its nine total awards. Bailey Hirsch ’14 won awards for videography, long-form video and television commercial for her work on “Vipi Afrika.”

The Owl won 14 awards with first-place finishes for photo illustration, Page One design and editorial writing.

Winning 10 awards total, KDNE took first in both radio entertainment and radio personality with Andrew DeCamp ’15.

More individual awards, besides DeCamp and Hirsch's, were plentiful for Doane’s student journalists. Coryelle Thomas ’14 and alumnus Jason Luong ’13 each took home two first-place awards; Thomas won for digital medium for a public service and community collaboration while Luong finished at the top for multimedia features and digital design. Brody Hilgenkamp ’14 was awarded first place for TV general news. In the digital medim, Alex Dawson ’15 won first place for blogging while Hannah Bauer ’15, Erin Bell ’15 and Alyssa Bouc ’15 won for video journalism. Bouc also won for Page One design in the print medium.

Assistant Journalism Professor David Swartzlander was elected NCMA president for next year, and this will be his second stint in the position with a year-long term. Swartzlander is also the past president of the College Media Association, a national organization.