The Lutrinae named best student newspaper at CCMA awards

The Lutrinae staff took home four awards at the annual California College Media Association Awards (CCMA) banquet, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in San Francisco on Feb. 29.

Each school is placed into one of three divisions: community colleges, four-year universities with an enrollment of under 15,000 students and four-year universities with an enrollment of over 15,000. The Lutrinae competed within the smaller four-year universities division.

Production Manager Mikko Mananghaya and staff writer Malia Savella won second place in Best Infographic for the Fall 2019 enrollment fast facts in issue nine. Managhaya and columnist Kristen Finley took third place in Best In-page Design for Finley’s Car-ticle in issue 10. Managhaya also took first place in Best Overall Newspaper Design.

The banquet ended with the final – and arguably most anticipated – category, Best Newspaper. The five Lutrinae staff members in attendance cheered as their paper was awarded first place in the category.

The CCMA started in 2003 and ever since, have been holding an annual award banquet to honor college journalists all throughout California.

“We – the staff, advisers and supporters of college news media in California – create this association to foster cooperation among colleges in the region in order to give a unified voice in addressing problems and issues that college news media face, to provide support and communications to advisers and editors, to nurture college journalists, and to share resources,” as explained in their mission statement.

Across 65 schools, there were a total of 940 entries with 318 winners. Each school was able to submit content for any of the 39 categories. There were categories dedicated to everything from podcasts, magazines, videos and even advertisements.

Making a weekly newspaper with a small staff and decreasing budget can be hard, but The Lutrinae proves you don’t always need to have the biggest budget or the largest staff to produce an amazing paper.

We are all extremely grateful for these awards and excited to see what is to come from The Lutrinae in the future.

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