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Gannon Student-Run Media Earns American Scholastic Press Association Awards

Published: 06/15/2021

Gannon student-produced media includes The Gannon Knight and Totem.

Gannon student-produced media includes The Gannon Knight and Totem.

Two Gannon University student-produced media, The Gannon Knight and Totem, earned accolades during this year’s American Scholastic Press Association contest.

The Gannon Knight, the University’s student-produced newspaper, received one of three First Place with Special Merit awards for colleges and universities with enrollment of 2,501 or more.

The Gannon Knight received a total score of 995 out of 1,000 possible points with scoring tabulated in six areas, as well as perfect scores in the areas of content coverage, page design, art/illustration and editing. This marks the 12th straight year that The Gannon Knight has received first-place recognition in the annual competition.

The Gannon Knight is the University’s source for student-produced news since 1947. A digital version of the Gannon Knight is produced 24 times per academic year. The website is updated with fresh content on a regular basis.

Frank Garland, assistant professor in the School of Communication and the Arts and The Gannon Knight faculty adviser, said all credit goes to student and editor-in-chief, Chloe Forbes, and her staff.

“Chloe played a major role in redesigning The Knight’s website, created a podcast and led the staff through a most challenging year,” Garland said. “The entire group did outstanding work in less-than-ideal conditions, and it’s rewarding to see them recognized for that work.”

View The Gannon Knight online at gannonknight.com

Totem 2020, the University’s student-produced literary arts magazine, received three awards including the Highest Magazine Awards/Most Outstanding College Literary – Art Magazine for 2020. 

The publication also received the First Place with Special Merit award for colleges and universities with enrollment of 2,501 or more. Totem, which consists of three books for the categories of art, prose and poetry, additionally received Outstanding Theme – Three Separate Magazines in a Box.

This marks the 25th consecutive year that Totem has received first-place recognition in the annual competition.

Carol Hayes, associate professor for English and Totem adviser, said she would like to thank the Totem 2020 staff and Alexa Rogers, the 2020 Totem student editor, for all the hard work put into developing this year’s edition of Totem. 

Hayes said there were a lot of questions about Totem’s standard publishing process after uncertainties brought by the pandemic. 

“Thankfully, answers came over a long series of pandemic-related delays; the press published the 2020 issue last summer, we released the issue in September, and Totem 2020 received these three treasured ASPA awards in January. Never has the Gannon advice ‘Believe in the Possibilities’ been more true,” Hayes said.

Learn more about Totem online here.

View a full list of ASPA award winners here.