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“I was pleased to have so much eligible work to choose from thanks to the dedication of Red & Green staff and students in Comm 281 — a one-credit reporting and editing class open to all Minot State students. All of these winners worked through the editorial process to submit their best work to the Red & Green. It's been a privilege working with the team this year. I am proud of their work and thrilled to have so many students recognized by the North Dakota Professional Communicators.”
Nicole Thom-Arens, assistant professor comm arts, Red & Green adviser

University Communications

MSU Red & Green students take home 13 awards

FARGO, N.D. – Minot State University student who worked for the Red & Green newspaper along with individuals taking the MSU Comm 281 class who were published in the Red & Green captured 13 awards from the North Dakota Professional Communicators 2018 College Communication Contest.

The awards were announced April 27 at the NDPC Spring Conference in Fargo. MSU competes with all North Dakota university and colleges and Minnesota State University Moorhead. There were over 100 entries across all categories.

Earning first place in the contest were Jerusalem Tukura for multiple issues submitted in the Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant category, Chad Olson for his Personality Profile featuring Minot State’s President Dr. Steven Shirley, and Dan Fagan for Personal Column as he submitted three separate columns for the contest. The Red & Green also won first place for Special Series for their Oct. 26 and Nov. 16 issues on race.

“As the adviser, I am thrilled to have (the special series on race) recognized because it was a student-driven series that gave a voice to students on campus struggling with complex issues,” said MSU assistant professor in communication arts Nicole Thom-Arens. “This was a month-long process of working with a small team (Tukura, Fagan, DeAndra Miller, and Taylor Eckleberry) to produce the stories included in the Oct. 26, 2017 issue. The Red & Green's open forum on race resulted from the Oct. 26 issue. The forum was reported on by Alyson Heisler in the Nov. 16, 2017 issue of the Red & Green.”

Tukura, Fagan, and Miller were all staff members of the Red & Green, while Olson, Eckleberry, and Heisler were Comm 281 students.

“I was pleased to have so much eligible work to choose from thanks to the dedication of Red & Green staff and students in Comm 281 — a one-credit reporting and editing class open to all Minot State students,” Thom-Arens said. “All of these winners worked through the editorial process to submit their best work to the Red & Green. It's been a privilege working with the team this year. I am proud of their work and thrilled to have so many students recognized by the North Dakota Professional Communicators.”

Along with four first-place categories, MSU had four seconds, two thirds, and three honorable mention winners.

North Dakota Professional Communicators
2018 College Communications Contest

First Place

  • Special Series: issues Oct. 26, 2017 & Nov. 16, 2017 (DeAndra Miller, Dan Fagan, Taylor Eckleberry, Jerusalem Tukura, Alyson Heisler).
  • Publication Regularly Edited by Entrant: Jerusalem Tukura, Oct. 26, 2017; Nov. 16, 2017; Nov. 30, 2017.
  • Personality Profile: Chad Olson, "Work-life balance" Nov. 30, 2017.
  • Personal Column: Dan Fagan, "Trump fails moral test on DACA" Sept. 14, 2017; "Don't forget your local artists" Nov. 2, 2017; "Who to believe: Putin or American intelligence" Nov. 16, 2017.

Second Place

  • Personality Profile: Tu Tong, "Zac Cunha overcomes injury to play 6th season" Oct. 26, 2017
  • Sports Writing: Jerusalem Tukura, "Men end season with a close one" March 2, 2017.
  • Single Sports Photo: Aylin Ergin, "Soccer celebrates winning streak" Oct. 12, 2017.
  • Reviews: Yun Ji Nam, "On Movies: 'Jigsaw'" Nov. 30, 2017.

Third Place

  • Personality Profile: Corey Keller, "Voice of the Beavers prepares for the future" Nov. 16, 2017.
  • Single Sports Photo: Jerusalem Tukura, "Men end season with a close one" March 2, 2017.

Honorable Mention

  • News Reporting: Monica Rivera, "Minot State faces additional budget cuts" Nov. 16, 2017.
  • Feature Story: Chad Olson, "Minot State Veterans Club creating community for students" Nov. 2, 2017.
  • Single Sports Photo: DeAndra Miller, "Soccer wins in overtime" Nov. 2, 2017.

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Published: 05/04/18



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