Posted at 4:28 p.m., April 19, 2016

Wingspan marks excellence

Members of LCCC media organization are finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists Region IX

Laramie County Community College’s student media organization took nine Mark of Excellence awards in the Society of Professional Journalists Region IX competition.

Wingspan took nine awards, including three winners, which will go on to the national SPJ competition. Mass media major Ike Fredregill won in the feature photography and feature writing categories for a feature on retired chemistry instructor Rich Laidlaw. LCCC multimedia graduate Taylor Snell took top honors in the photo illustration category for the cover design of the March 9, 2015, issue of Wingspan.

Fredregill was also a finalist in feature writing for another story he wrote about retired mass media instructor Rosalind Schliske.

Current Wingspan co-editor and mass media major Cody Fox was a finalist in sports photography.

LCCC multimedia graduate Tamara Rodgers was a finalist in feature photography for her photo story on the work done in the agriculture building titled “A little dirt never hurt” and in sports photography.

Mass media graduate Erica Klimt was a finalist in in-depth reporting for her analysis of the LCCC climate survey, which ran with the headline “Third time’s not a charm.”

The Wingspan staff was a finalist for editorial writing for a trio of editorials written in the Spring 2015 semester.

The winners were announced April 16 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the SPJ Region IX annual conference.

LCCC was one of only three community colleges to win in the competition and earned more awards than the other two schools: Northwest College, which earned five awards, and the Community College of Denver, which earned three awards. Two-year and four-year schools competed against each other. Competition divisions were based on student populations, with LCCC competing in the small-school 9,999-and-under division, and in some categories small schools competed with the 10,000 and over division. LCCC competed with Colorado State University-Pueblo, Westminster College, Metro State University, Weber State University and Brigham Young University.

Rosalind Schliske, Jacob Sherlock and J.L. O’Brien served as advisers to the LCCC student media organization during the 2015 calendar year.

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