Eastern Progress Staffers Capture KPA Awards

Students from Eastern Kentucky University’s campus newspaper, The Eastern Progress, received 17 awards from the Kentucky Press Association at the Association’s recent winter convention.

The students, many of whom study journalism in the Department of Communication at Eastern, won awards in a variety of categories, ranging from news writing and reporting to design and photography.

Student winners include:

·         Christopher Payton, a senior journalism major from Louisville, won first- and third-place awards for his continuing coverage of Eastern’s student government elections, which were thrown into controversy this year after one of the candidates was disqualified.

·         Kelli Stokes, a senior journalism major from Lexington, won a second-place award in the General News Writing category.

·         Tyler Phillips, a senior journalism major from Shelbyville, won a pair of second-place awards – one for Best Sports Picture and another for Best Sports Section. Phillips also won an honorable mention award for Best Sports Story.

·         Matthew Crump, a senior sociology major from Berea, won a second-place award for Best Sports Section.

·         Kasey Tyring, a junior public relations major from Louisville, won a second-place award for Best Features Section.

·         Kaleigh Underwood, a junior journalism major from Olive Hill, won a second-place award for Best Features Section

·         Amelia Wilson, a junior graphic design major from Middlesboro, who won a second-place award for Best Features Section.

·         Katie Brooks, a senior graphic design major from Bardstown, won a third-place award for Best Front Page and a third-place award for Best Editorial.

·         Zeynab Day, a senior public relations major from London, won a third-place award for Best Front Page and an honorable mention award for Best Investigative Story.

·         Wesley Robinson, of Louisville, who graduated last fall from Eastern with a degree in journalism, won a third-place award for Best Front Page and a third-place award for Best Editorial. Robinson now works as a reporter for The Patriot-News newspaper in Harrisburg, Penn.

·         Jacob Blair, a senior journalism major from Bedford, won a third-place award for Best Editorial.

* Daniel Klapheke, a sophomore journalism major from Cynthiana, won a third-place award for Best Editorial. 

Published on January 26, 2015

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