Student-Produced Publications Win Awards
Posted: May 16, 2014
Two of Gannon University's student publications, Totem and The
Gannon Knight, were recently honored with national awards.
Totem, Gannon's literary arts magazine, was given the 2014
National Program Directors' Prize in the Design Category from the
Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP). This is the
second consecutive year the magazine has received this honor.
The juror for the competition, George Mason University graphic
design professor Maureen Lauran, said of Totem, "It is an
outstanding example of meaningful, consistent, and appropriate use
of typography. Readability and clarity were never sacrificed to
design, and the overall design aesthetic of the journal was
suitable to the subjects.
With the unique manner chosen to separate and index the parts of
the journal, that is-prose, art, poetry, the topics were available
singularly and still remained a part of the whole."
According to Berwyn Moore, an English professor at Gannon and
adviser to Totem, the AWP chooses only two undergraduate literary
magazines in the U.S. for awards: one for content and one for
design. "To win this prize is very prestigious," Moore said. "[And]
is a true testament to the quality of Totem."
Earlier this year Totem received a First Place with Special
Merit award from the American Scholastic Press Association (ASPA),
a Gold ADDY award for design in the category of collateral
material-publication design-book design from the Erie Advertising
Club, the northwestern Pennsylvania affiliate of the American
Advertising Federation. This was the second consecutive year that
Totem was so honored. At the same competition, Gannon Press won a
Sliver Addy in the printing excellence category for Totem.
Gannon's student-produced weekly newspaper, The Gannon Knight,
was awarded First Place with Special Merit in the American
Scholastic Press Association's 2013-2014 annual Newspaper Review
and Contest. The Knight scored more than 950 points and was cited
as an outstanding overall example of a scholastic publication in
format, content and presentation.
Frank Garland, instructor at the School of Communication and The
Arts and adviser to the Knight, said that he's "happy for the staff
because it's nice to be recognized for hard work and putting out a
newspaper is hard work."
The Knight, can be read online here.