­Crusader continues nine-year streak in placing for Best of Show

Seward County Community College’s student led newspaper, The Crusader, placed in a seventh place for ‘Best of Show’ in the two-year broadsheet category for the ninth year in a row at the annual National College Media Convention. SCCC/ATS’s Telolith also took fifth place in the literary magazine category. The National College Media Convention hosted over 2,000+ attendees, 325+ sessions and SCCC’s Crusader staff, who went in pursuit of knowledge and expertise to bring back to the newsroom. In downtown Philadelphia, an idea was at every corner, and the culture and tradition of the people was evident. The inspiration behind a vivid community was the historical impact that Benjamin Franklin left, where journalists from all over come to visit. A couple of blocks from the Philadelphia Marriott is Independence Hall, along with Liberty Bell, and the President’s House, and across the street is the world-famous Reading Terminal Market. The Crusader staff took part in a majority of these events, also attending the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the home-opener of the Philadelphia 76ers game against the Heat, and dining in the City Tavern where the Declaration of Independence was composed. There were a great variety of different scenes to visit and not enough time to explore it all. Student journalists and advisers came together to attend the sessions, keynotes, workshops, and critiques to help enhance the quality of each individual newspaper, magazine and website. In the midst of all the ideas, the strategies, and the conversations that carry on within one room, student journalists have the opportunity to make new friends and share with one another the things that go on behind the scenes in the production of their newspaper, magazine, and/or website. The biggest benefit that any staff can obtain is the anticipation to return to their campus full of ideas and applicable techniques to use throughout the rest of the semester and continue it for the rest of the year. “All-in-all, it’s been an impressive run for Seward County Community College,” Anita Reed, faculty adviser for Crusader, said. “I learned that the little things matter. The space between a headline and a story, or the space of a cutline from a picture; stuff that is usually overlooked but makes all the difference. It is also always extraordinary to see the finishing products of such a hard-working and passionate staff. However, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do without Anita Reed and Jay Castor,” Makiah Adams said.

Crusader staff outside of the Philadelphia Marriott in downtown Philadelphia for the annual National Media Convention. Crusader photo/Maria Lara
Crusader staff outside of the Philadelphia Marriott in downtown Philadelphia for the annual National Media Convention. Crusader photo/Maria Lara