California State University, Bakersfield’s student newspaper, its website, and its broadcast program received national and statewide recognition this past weekend at the annual Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National Convention, held in Long Beach.
In the ACP’s Best of Show awards, CSUB won first place for best broadcast for its October 2017 edition of Runner News Network. That online broadcast led with the impact on the Bakersfield community of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas.
Also in the Best of Show awards, The Runner newspaper won second place for best less-than-weekly newspaper for its Dec. 6, 2017 issue, which featured in-depth coverage of crime statistics at CSUB. The Runner prints every other week during the semester.
“Receiving such high national honors for our broadcast program and newspaper is a really big deal, especially since our broadcast program is only two years old,” said Jennifer Burger, journalism lecturer and adviser to The Runner at CSUB.
Also at the convention, the California College Media Association held its annual awards banquet, where The Runner won two statewide awards. The Runner Online won first place for best mobile website at therunneronline.com. Former Editor-in-Chief Esteban Ramirez also won an honorable mention for his story “Building a D-1 legacy,” which detailed the CSUB men’s basketball team’s journey to the national stage.
Now that CSUB has a student population of more than 10,000, this was the first year The Runner competed against large California schools in the CCMA contest. Burger serves as the VP of membership on the CCMA board.
“I’m proud of our staff for how hard they work to cover the news that’s important to CSUB,” Burger said. “As we continue to grow, we are looking to our sister news organizations at schools like UC Berkeley and San José State University for inspiration.”