Student newspaper brings home Reporter of the Year, other awards

UALR senior Cameron Moix recently earned the Reporter of the Year award during the Arkansas College Media Association’s annual convention in Arkadelphia.

Moix, a journalism major from Conway, received the honor on the heels of serving as The Forum’s news editor for the 2012-13 academic year. The Forum is UALR’s weekly student newspaper.

He also won second place in news writing for “No charges sought in case of former dean, says attorney,” and sports feature writing for “Team manager turned player is fueled by his past.”

Moix interned at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He received a second place award for Reporter of the Year at last year’s convention.

In addition, The Forum maintained its third-place ranking in the Newspaper General Excellence category for the second consecutive year.

Other newspaper staff members earned honors in the following categories:

• Justin Rowland, first and second place, newspaper advertising

• Bryron Buslig, second place, cartoon strip or single panel entertainment cartoon; second place, art/illustration

• Liz Fox, second place, review writing for “English band reflects on career with new reissue and material;” second place, meeting/speech coverage for “Oxford American editor talks new gig, commute;” second place, newspaper headlines for “History Channel pillages, plunders and perplexes with new miniseries”

• Matt Johnson, second place, sports story writing for “Lady Trojans shine at Sun Belt;” second place, news photo for “Ladies punch third straight ticket to NCAA”

• Jennifer Ellis, third place, election/political writing

• Alexis Williams, third place, personality profile for “Naming the 900: spotlight on the class of 2016”

• Paige Mason, third place, cartoon strip or single panel entertainment cartoon

• Sarah Melero, third place, editorial cartoon

• Ricky Harris, third place, editorial page layout

• Jennifer Ellis, honorable mention, sports page layout

• David Ellis, honorable mention, general column writing

• Chelsey McNiel, honorable mention, feature writing for “Field House to host women’s roller derby”

Staff of The Forum Focus also picked up awards in ACMA’s magazine categories:

• Sarah De Clerk, first place, special features writing for “Campus garden provides opportunity for education and cooperation”

• Mason, first place, magazine art/illustration for “Guide to the native plants populating the campus garden”

• Rowland, first place, contents page design; first and second place, magazine feature layout; third place, magazine cover design

• Harris, first and second place, magazine feature layout

• McNiel, second place, feature news photo for campus garden photo

• Williams, third place, nonfiction writing for “The Joint”

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