2022 KCM Contest Results Announced

The Kansas Collegiate Media Conference took place April 10-11 in Wichita, Kansas, during which a host of awards were announced. These included the winners of overall publication, Journalist of the Year, copy editing and individual photography, design and writing competitions, among others.

The results of these contests are provided below. Publication advisers received individualized feedback for each entry.

Overall Awards

CategoryPublication NameSchool NameAveraged ScoreAward/Placing
2Y NewspaperThe Hutchinson CollegianHutchinson Community College80Gold
The LanternButler County Community College68Silver
4Y Private NewspaperSterling College ObserverSterling College78.5Gold
Newman VantageNewman University75Silver
The CircuitBenedictine College72.75Bronze
4Y Public NewspaperThe SunflowerWichita State University96Gold — All Kansas
The CollegianKansas State University95Gold
The BulletinEmporia State University70Bronze
YearbookRoyal PurpleKansas State University95Gold — All Kansas
The RavenBenedictine College83Silver
The KawWashburn University73Bronze
2Y MagazineThe Dragon’s TaleHutchinson Community College80Gold
The GrizzlyButler County Community College72Silver
MagazineManhappenin’Kansas State University92Gold — All Kansas
BodWashburn University80Silver
Social Media Presence (2Y Newspaper)The CrusaderSeward County Community College83Gold
Social Media Presence (4Y Private Newspaper)The CircuitBenedictine College88Gold
Social Media Presence (4Y Public Newspaper)The SunflowerWichita State University95Gold — All Kansas
2Y News WebsiteThe CrusaderSeward County Community College91Gold — All Kansas
4Y Private News WebsiteThe Baker OrangeBaker University81Gold
The CircuitBenedictine College75.5Silver
4Y Public News WebsiteThe SunflowerWichita State University94Gold — All Kansas
The BulletinEmporia State University82.5Silver
Judge’s scores were average and those average scores were used to rank the publications into Gold, Silver and Bronze placings. If a publication’s score was 90 or above, that publication was eligible to earn the All-Kansas honors if it had the highest score within its category.

Journalist of the Year

CategoryParticipant NameSchool NameAward/Placing
Two-Year DivisionBrooke GreeneHutchinson Community CollegeJournalist of the Year
Laura GillespieSeward County Community CollegeFirst Runner Up
Megan BergSeward County Community CollegeSecond Runner Up
Four-Year DivisionTejay ClelandNewman UniversityJournalist of the Year
Alexander HurlaKansas State UniversityFirst Runner Up
Margaret MellottEmporia State UniversitySecond Runner Up

Copy Editing Contest

CategoryParticipant NameSchool NameAward/Placing
2-Year DivisionAubreigh HeckHutchinson Community CollegeFirst Place
Braedon MartinHutchinson Community CollegeSecond Place
4-Year DivisionJared ShuffKansas State UniversityFirst Place
Madeline SchneiderKansas State UniversitySecond Place
Leah JamisonWashburn University Third Place
Cameron BurnettEmporia State UniversityHonorable Mention
Christina NolandWashburn UniversityHonorable Mention

Individual Awards

2022 KCM Final Judgements and Results (Google Sheet)

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It’s conference weekend!

For the first time since before COVID-19, the Kansas Collegiate Media Conference is back and in person in Wichita! Students will start arriving from across the state on Sunday.

Those who are seeking more information about the lineup and schedule can find it here. Students: Don’t forget to bring resumes, cover letters, photos and clips if you’d like to have them critiqued by professionals. Also, if you want to participate in our photo scavenger hunt, bring your camera.

Questions? Please email dneil@wichitaeagle.com

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Congratulations to our KCM Winners!

Adviser/2nd VP Disclaimer: I really wanted these to be super fun and fancy videos, but they are not. Turns out, I’m really not a creative video maker. Plus, one must weigh the time in verses the project’s longevity.

Yada, yada, yada. Prepare to be underwhelmed by the videos, but I still want to say they do represent a lot of work in their simplicity. Kudos to all the video makers out there! Gather as a socially-distanced staff or via ZOOM and watch these soundless videos while playing your favorite songs in the background.

You might notice some strange characters in the title of entry section at the bottom of the certificates. I will go back and fix these before I print out the certificates. I thought I had fixed them all. But, I was getting a bit bleary-eyed after 309 certificates!

All 22 publications that entered this year’s contest earned an individual award or a publication ranking. Generally, we have two judges in the overall categories, but this year one judge fell through for the four-year website category and I decided to cut one set of judges’ scores from the 2Y newspaper and the magazine divisions because the discrepancy between the judge’s scores was sizable. These two changes did not change the hierarchy of the results, but I believe using scores from one of the judges more accurately adhered to the contest judging instructions and all schools benefited as a result.

Based on feedback from everyone, I tried to break out 2Y and 4Y schools into separate categories when possible. The line under the award tells both the category and which publications competed in each category.

ALL SCHOOL AWARDS! It seems that something I did somewhere might have gotten these in an “interesting” order. If you want to skip the video and head right to the list of winners, keep on scrolling!

Two-Year School Awards (fingers crossed). I had to re-do this one. Here my chant: “please work. please work. please work.”
ALL SCHOOL AWARDS! It seems that something I did somewhere might have gotten these in an “interesting” order. If you want to skip the video and head right to the list of winners, keep on scrolling!

It seems that something I did somewhere might have gotten these in an “interesting” order. If you want to skip the video and head right to the list of winners, you are almost there!

If you SEE an error, send a screenshot to regina.cassell@washburn.edu. I will run back through all of the awards before I print them next week and mail them out.

Advisers & JOY winners: I need addresses to mail certificates and plaques. Please shoot me an email to confirm where to send these.

Here is the list of all of the individual winners.

Overall Publication Awards

Journalist of the Year Awards

Publications who participated in the 2021 Contest in no order whatsoever.

  • K-State’s Manhappenin’ magazine
  • Hutchinson’s Dragon’s Tale magazine
  • The Butler Grizzly magazine
  • Washburn’s Mass Media Messenger magazine
  • Washburn’s Bod Magazine
  • Sterling’s Warrior Student Media
  • Hutchinson Collegian newspaper
  • K-State Collegian newspaper
  • Southwestern Collegian newspaper
  • Baker Orange newspaper
  • Washburn Review newspaper
  • Benedictine Circuit newspaper
  • KU’s Daily Kansan newspaper
  • Seward’s Crusader newspaper
  • The Lantern Newspaper from Butler
  • The Wichita Sunflower newspaper
  • The Emporia Sunflower yearbook
  • The Newman Vantage newspaper
  • The Johnson County Campus Ledger newspaper
  • Royal Purple yearbook, K-State
  • Washburn’s Kaw Yearbook
  • Kansas Wesleyan’s Coyote Yearbook

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KCM Journalism Contest 2021

The 2021 Kansas Collegiate Media Contest is now underway. If you need information about the contest, download the attached PDF. This document provides all of the key dates, plus information about submitting entries. Remember that yearbooks must be mailed separately (information included in the PDF) and that the entry deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 24.

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JOY Competition 2021

The Journalist of the Year competition is now open to all interested candidates. The deadline for submissions is March 12, 2021. Students can compete in one of two divisions: Two-Year Journalist of the Year and Four-Year Journalist of the Year. To complete, students must be from KCM member schools which have entered a minimum of six individual entries the 2021 KCM journalism contest.

Download the attached announcement for contest rules and submission guidelines. All questions should be directed to Julie Love, Benedictine College, the JOY contest coordinator. Her contact info is listed on the announcement.

To apply, submit your material through this link: https://rebrand.ly/joy2021

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Journalist of the Year Award

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Jackie Engel Award Winner – Jeffrey Welch

The following is a press release from Mike Swan, Butler County Community College who coordinates the Jackie Engel Award.

Contact: Michael Swan
April 7, 2020
KCM Jackie Engel Award Coordinator

Wichita South High adviser wins Jackie Engel Award

A long-time journalism adviser and teacher at Wichita South High School has won a prestigious journalism teaching award for 2020.

Jeffrey Welch is this year’s recipient of the Jackie Engel Award, sponsored by Kansas Collegiate Media (KCM) and named in honor of a former journalism teacher at McPherson High School. Engel helped bring national recognition to Kansas high school journalism and was the first recipient of the award in 1990. She died in 2005, but her legacy of excellence lives on in this award.

The award was created to honor the best high school journalism teacher in Kansas. Welch will receive a plaque and cash award.
Welch has advised the student magazine, “The Torch,” and yearbook, “Sceptre,” since 2007. Parents and students have said he tries hard to help students and be there for them. Many of his students have gone on to further their education.

Welch received an Associate of Science degree in 1993 from Butler Community College, a B.A. in Communications in 1996 from Wichita State, an M.S. in Communications from Kansas State in 1998 and an M.S. in Education in 2011 from Fort Hays State.
He is also an adjunct instructor at Butler Community College is Mass Communications and Public Speaking.

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KCM 2020 Canceled

The KCM Spring Conference scheduled for April 5-6, 2020 has been canceled.

A quick survey last week showed that only five colleges were planning to attend (from the 17 responses that I received). Since that time, some have contacted me to say that their college – mine included – have since instituted restrictions on off-campus travel.

I want to thank Amber Brawner at Hutchison for her work in arranging this year’s conference. From my understanding, most of the events and speakers had already been arranged.

The good news is that Drury has allowed us to cancel this year’s event with no penalty, provided that we hold our event there again next year.

The other bit of good news is that the contest will still happen. Thanks to Regina Cassell for her work in making this event happen. We’ll be working over the next couple of weeks to figure out a way to announce all of the winners.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Otherwise, stay safe and we’ll see you next fall at the adviser’s retreat.

Kevin Page
KCM President

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Contest Deadline Extended

Regina Cassell sent out a note yesterday, but I’ve been asked to send out a second reminder to let everyone know that the entry deadline for the KCM contest has been extended to 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 21.  Some people experience problems with connecting to the website, so we wanted to make sure that didn’t prevent anyone from getting all of their entries uploaded.

If you have questions, Regina is the expert, but I will gladly try to answer your questions if I can.

Kevin Page, KCM President

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