No one expected the 2019-20 school year to end like it did, campus closed and classes online due to the COVID-19 pandemic that hit the world. The Crusader staff quickly figured out how to be journalists in the face of the virus and how to keep students informed about a constantly changing plan.
The year started off strong with a large staff and a trip to the National Collegiate Media Conference in Washington DC. Students toured the nation’s capitol and attended workshops. They also found out the previous year’s staff won a coveted Pinnacle award for two-year websites.
Crusader staff found their niche on campus with reporting news and getting student opinions. An investigative piece, followed with an editorial, even helped change a dorm policy that favored students.
Despite the spring conference being canceled due to COVID-19, the staff won 33 individual awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media contest. Seward County Community College also swept the two-year Journalist of the Year competition, coming home with all three places: Annette Meza, first; Cheyenne Miller, second and Calen Moore, third. Crusader News was named All-Kansas for two-year news publications.
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