Chase Charaba, Online and Social Media Manager
During the Associated Collegiate Press’s best of show awards ceremony in Los Angeles, The Puyallup Post took fifth place in the publication website, small school category Feb. 21.
This award recognized overall web excellence for a college news organization from a campus with less than 10,000 students that also submitted for the award and paid the entry fee of either $15 (early registration) or $30 (on-site registration).
This came at the end of the four-day ACP Mid-Winter National Journalism Conference, one of two national journalism conferences offered by the organization each year.
The Puyallup Post placed higher than publications such as Loyolan from Loyola Marymount University, Observer from Case Western Reserve University, The Occidental Weekly from Occidental College, The Runner from California State University Bakersfield and The Banner from California Baptist University. Ultimately, Graphic from Pepperdine University took first place in the category.
The Puyallup Post and Green River Community College’s The Current were the only Washington state newspapers to place in any category, although Central Washington University’s Pulse Magazine placed fourth in feature magazine.
Even though The Post placed in the website competition, there are still changes to be made to the way the site operates and how stories are presented to the readers, such as becoming a digital first and a social media first publication.
These changes, such as engaging with students on social media and presenting more video content, will be rolled out over the next few months and into next school year.
The Puyallup Post also submitted for general excellence for two-year newspapers and for newspaper special edition but didn’t place in either category.
The Puyallup Post is the award-winning student news of Pierce College Puyallup in Puyallup, Washington. Copyright The Puyallup Post 2017. Twitter/Instagram @puyalluppost
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