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Cronkite students top national magazine contest

September 23, 2008

For the second year in a row, students in the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication dominated a national student magazine contest, winning more awards than students from any other university in the country.

Cronkite students won a total of nine awards in the 2008 Student Magazine Contest, sponsored by the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Following Arizona State University were Kansas State University and Northwestern University. 

Keridwen Cornelius, who received her master’s of mass communication from the Cronkite School this spring, won three awards – the most given to any student in the country. She took second place in “Consumer Magazine Article: Places” for an article about Phoenix that “hit the target” with “concisely written descriptions of must-sees, activities, hotels and restaurants,” wrote the judge, Scott Stuckey, senior editor of National Geographic Traveler magazine.

Cornelius also won honorable mentions in two other consumer magazine categories – features and first person. She won four awards in last year’s contest. Annalyn Censky, who graduated from the Cronkite School in May, won first place in “Specialized Business Press Article” for her story “Ostrich – The Other Green Meat?”

The judge, Sally Roberts, a senior editor at Crain’s Business Insurance, wrote that the article “made a compelling case for why ostrich may become the healthy meat of the future.”Entries for the contest, which was judged by professionals in the magazine field, totaled nearly 300 from schools across the country.

Cronkite students won 13 awards in last year’s contest. AEJMC is the nation’s leading journalism education organization. It is made up of about 3,500 journalism and mass communication faculty, administrators, students and media professionals from around the world.

The complete list of Cronkite 2008 winners follows:

Consumer Magazine Article: Places
Second: “48 Hours: Phoenix” by Keridwen Cornelius

Consumer Magazine Article: People
Third: “When a Body Betrays” by James Kindle 

Consumer Magazine Article: Investigation and Analysis
Second: “Playing with Fire” by Brian Indrelunas
Honorable Mention: “Healthcare Without Borders” by Joshua Schoonover 

Consumer Magazine Article: Features
Second: “The Story of Los Niños Mejia” by Ryan Kost
Honorable Mention: “Healing the Battle-Scarred Brain” by Keridwen Cornelius  

Consumer Magazine Article: First Person
Honorable Mention: “Eating With Your Hands” by Keridwen Cornelius 

Specialized Business Press Article
First: “Ostrich – The Other ‘Green Meat?’” by Annalyn Censky
Third: “Veterinarian Shortage” by Jonathan Cooper