Monthly Archives: April 2012

Award Winners

Here is a list of every school that won an award at the 2012 College News Design Contest. The schools are listed alphabetically. Honorable mentions are included.

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Judges’ special recognition- Coal: A Love Story

Judge’s Special Recognition for use of video, animated storytelling: Coal: A Love Story

The judges recognize the News21 student project, Coal: A Love Story, for its excellent use of video and motion graphics in this highly visual, explanatory, interactive package. The art direction is seamless, consistent and obsessively curated, on par with professional-level work. The motion graphics, while not terribly innovative, are playful and seeped with subtle animated details that enhance the audio and play off of both the stills and video. The research and reporting has real depth and gravitas. The imagery – both video and photographic – was beautifully observed and flawlessly edited, a standout in the package being Born into Coal. The judges applaud the contributing students and editors for their commitment, time and attention given to the production and design of the project, one that has set a new bar for future News21 projects.

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Multimedia designer of the year

The judges decided not to award this category because the explanation wasn’t clear enough to attract enough entrants. They worry about awarding this to the one entrant who applied when they know there is more polished work out there. There were several prospects seen today that could have done well in this category but didn’t submit in this category.

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Redesign of a news website

Third place:

Varsity, Sam Bowman, Patrick Lowe, Tom Cardoso, Cailen McQualtio, Josh Kelly, University of Toronto, The Varsity: The ability to change the content at the bottom is awesome. The article page is gorgeous. Great use of typography. Much improved over the old site.

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News products appearing on other digital platforms, including iPad, Android and iPhone applications

First place: Salt, Kuan Luo, Syracuse- Pretty usable, filters are intuitive but challenges you’re thinking. Pretty clever and easy to use. The two-finger scroll wasn’t intuitive.

Honorable mention:

Bean and Leaf, UNC student group, University of North Carolina

Vox 5, Vox staff, University of Missouri

Bronco Mobile, Arbiter Staff, Boise State University, The Arbiter

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Home page of a news website

Second place: Connector, Eric Beatty, SCAD Atlanta, The Connector- Really good, but some problems. Work on the cropping of photos. The carousal moves at a pace you can read. It’s not jam packed with headlines.

Honorable mention: Distraction, Rosa Orihuela, University of Miami, Distraction- The carousals are moving to fast. The carousals at the top aren’t that great. There is some cleverness to what’s going on.

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Integration of social media

The judges decided not to award anything in the category because they felt that you should be placing the widgets in the site. There was nothing ground-breaking or out of the box in the category.

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