Student Newspaper, The Kent Stater, Named Best in the Nation | Kent State University
Members of Kent State Student Media smile with their new awards in the newsroom in Franklin Hall.
Members of Kent State Student Media smile with their new awards in the newsroom in Franklin Hall.
TV2 News Director Adam Kirasic, TV2 General Manager Anna Huntsman, The Kent Stater Editor Lydia Taylor, KentWired Digital Director Ray Padilla and The Kent Stater Managing Editor Jenna Kuczkowski pose with their awards.
TV2 News Director Adam Kirasic, TV2 General Manager Anna Huntsman, The Kent Stater Editor Lydia Taylor, KentWired Digital Director Ray Padilla and The Kent Stater Managing Editor Jenna Kuczkowski pose with their awards.
Kent Stater students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication work in New York City covering Election Day. (Photo credit: Sue Zake)
Kent Stater students from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication work in New York City covering Election Day. (Photo credit: Sue Zake)

Student Newspaper, The Kent Stater, Named Best in the Nation

The Kent Stater, Kent State University’s independent student newspaper, is the best student newspaper in the nation in its class, according to the College Media Association.

The organization announced the annual Pinnacle Award winners at the National College Media Convention, held Oct. 25-29 in Dallas, Texas. The Kent Stater beat out competition from Northwestern University, the University of Texas at Austin and the University of Pennsylvania to take the Pinnacle Award for Newspaper of the Year for 2016-17.

“I am absolutely thrilled to see The Stater judged to be the best student newspaper in the country,” said Kevin Dilley, director of Student Media at Kent State. “It doesn’t surprise me at all because I regularly see the dedication, talent and hard work on display by our students in the student media newsroom, so I know this recognition is well deserved.” 

The Newspaper of the Year Pinnacle Award recognizes excellence in coverage and content; design, graphics and illustrations; photography; service to the campus community; and reporting, writing and editing.

Over the course of the 2016-17 academic year, student reporters for The Kent Stater covered the men’s basketball team’s trip to the NCAA National Tournament, the 2016 presidential election and the national and local protests that followed, an in-depth look at racial profiling and a weeklong examination of the heroin epidemic in Northeast Ohio. Stories about these national issues were included in the three issues The Kent Stater submitted to be judged. Read them here:

Alumnus Jimmy Miller served as editor of The Kent Stater during the fall and spring semesters last academic year.

Kent State Student Media also earned the Pinnacle Award for Best Promo Video/Public Service Announcement for a video produced by digital media production alumni Mike Fowler and Ryan Dunn. The first-place winning video highlights Kent State Student Media and the opportunities it provides students.

TV2, Kent State’s independent television station, also took home national honors at the convention. It earned second place nationally in two categories: Best Newscast and Best Sportscast. KentWired.com earned an honorable mention for Website of the Year.

“I’m proud to see the accolades that TV2 and KentWired, as well as our marketing and promotions team, received,” Mr. Dilley said. “These awards show off the breadth of our students’ talents and hard work across Kent State Student Media.”

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