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March 30, 2017
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Laurier student newspapers win national awards

Jan 13/14

Journalists from Laurier’s student newspapers took first place in two categories at the tenth-annual Canadian University Press John H. McDonald awards for excellence in student journalism on Jan. 11. 

Wilfrid Laurier University Student Publications (WLUSP) President Allison Leonard (BA ’13) won the top prize in the features writing category for her story “Inside the methadone clinic”, which appeared in The Sputnik, the official student newspaper on Laurier’s Brantford campus, March 27, 2013. 

Meanwhile, HG Watson, editor-in-chief of The Cord Community Edition, placed first in the labour writing category for her story “Getting exposure or getting exploited?”, which was published in The Cord, the official student newspaper on Laurier’s Waterloo campus, March 6, 2013. 

Two Laurier students and one alumnus were finalists in three other categories: Brittany Bennett, a first-year journalism student and staff writer at The Sputnik, in the diversity writing category for “Living with joy despite having Down syndrome”; Shelby Blackley, a third-year English and sociology student and sports editor at The Cord, in the sports writing category for “Fighting through: Just eight days after losing his father, Max Allin plays the best game of basketball in Laurier history"; and Wade Thompson (BA ’12), former visual director at The Cord, in the layout and design category for “I survived brain surgery, now what?”.

The award winners were announced at the annual Canadian University Press (CUP) national conference in Edmonton. The John H. McDonald awards (commonly known as “The Johnnies”) have been recognizing the work of Canada's student journalists since 2003. 

Lindsay Purchase, a fourth-year global studies major and senior news editor at The Cord, won CUP’s inaugural “Flash File” competition, which challenged participants to write a news story on one of the conference’s presentations in just 45 minutes. 

The Cord, The Sputnik and The Cord Community Edition are departments of WLUSP, Laurier’s official autonomous, student-run media organization.


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