Vol State Student Magazine "The Pioneer" Wins Top Award

Submitted on April 15, 2011 at 12:19 PM

The Pioneer, Volunteer State Community College's student magazine, has been named the 2010 Best Student Magazine in the Society of Professional Journalists' Region 12 Mark of Excellence awards competition. The region is composed of colleges and universities in Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana. The fall 2010 issue of The Pioneer was awarded the honor in the two-year college division.

This is the fourth time in the magazine's eight-year history that it has been honored by the SPJ. The previous three awards were second place finishes in 2004, 2006, 2007, behind Louisiana State University, before SPJ created two- and four-year college divisions. The SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards were presented Saturday, March 26, at the Region 12 Conference, this year on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville.

"This award is an honor for The Pioneer and its staff," said Samantha Hearn, editor of the winning issue. "Everyone worked hard, and it paid off."

The magazine featured articles on diversity, travel, foreign language, day trips, and technology. In addition to Hearn, the staff of the winning issue was assistant editor Brittany King, Leslie Odom, Josh Deardorff, Tim Sanders, Britlee Fletcher, Matt Phillips, and Kayla Bender.

"The students did a good job creating a magazine that reflected topics that are of interest to Vol State and its students," said Clay Scott, faculty adviser of The Pioneer. "The articles, photographs and design of this issue were well done."

The Pioneer is produced by students during the spring and fall semesters. The magazine is a 32-page full-color, general interest magazine composed of articles and photographs relating to Vol State and its students. The entire magazine, from the conception of story ideas to design, is done by students. Students may participate in creation of the magazine by either taking the class (Communication 293P) or as a freelance writer or photographer.

For more information about The Pioneer or the Journalism program at Vol State, contact Clay Scott at Clay.Scott@VolState.edu.


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