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Campus Lifeline Honored at Associated Press Media Editors Awards Reception

Posted Nov. 30, 2013

Kent State University was the only college recognized at the recent Associated Press Media Editors (APME) Journalism Excellence Awards reception in Indianapolis in late October.

JMC senior Jessica White attended the reception, held at the Indiana State Museum, to receive the APME The APME award was added to the JMC first-floor award display case by (from left) Josh Talbott, Jessica White, Sue Zake and JMC Director Thor Wasbotten.  2013 Innovator of the Year for College Students award for Campus Lifeline: A Report on College Suicide, a comprehensive, multimedia examination of college suicide. The APME Journalism Excellence Awards honor superior journalism and innovation among newspapers, radio, TV and online sites across the United States and Canada. This is the first time Kent State has entered the competition. 

Jessica was part of a team of 21 students from JMC and the School of Digital Sciences who created “Campus Lifeline” as part of the Web Programming for Multimedia Journalism class. The class was taught last spring by Associate Professor Jacqueline Marino, Assistant Professor Sue Zake, and CCI senior media specialist Josh Talbott, also of the School of Digital Sciences. 

Of the “Campus Lifeline” project, APME judges wrote: "This is a sharply focused project that tackles the important subject of college suicide with both sensitivity and solid reporting. The website is cleanly designed and easy to navigate. The video presented on the site is well-produced and compelling. Data support the project's main message: Although suicide is the second-leading cause of death among college students, it is under-reported, under-studied and under-funded. Kent State student journalists delivered on all fronts of this multimedia public service project, making it the winner in a competitive category. We gave this entry the edge because of how innovatively the project team took a single topic and used multiple platforms to go deep into a subject that had strong value as a public service effort.” 

The APME is an association of editors at newspapers, broadcast outlets and journalism educators and student leaders in the United States and Canada who work closely with the Associated Press to foster journalism excellence. 

Caption: The APME award was added to the JMC first-floor award display case by (from left) Josh Talbott, Jessica White, Sue Zake and JMC Director Thor Wasbotten. Photo by Rachael Le Goubin, JMC.