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VCU student work through the Student Media Center recently earned 20 awards at the National College Media Association and Associated Press Convention in Atlanta. The conference is the largest gathering of collegiate journalists and media students in the nation. Four students from VCU — Jordan Kalafut, Jesse Anderson, Naomi Lilac Gordon and Andrew Kerley — represented the SMC at the four-day event.

Work from six student media organizations — The Commonwealth Times, The Compass, Emanata, Pwatem, Ink and Amendment — earned national recognition from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association at their awards ceremonies and national convention Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Atlanta. This is Amendment’s second Magazine Pacemaker award in a row; only nine magazines earned Pacemakers this year in the country. 

“I got to look at the work of schools from across the nation, and I can safely say that the work that we do at Ink is great, and stands out in the pack,” said Naomi Lilac Gordon, Ink Magazine Newsletter Editor, one of the students representing VCU and the SMC at the conference.

Help celebrate our incredible student writers, designers, editors, photographers, illustrators, comic artists and reporters!

Associated Press Magazine Pacemaker


Associated Collegiate Press Awards for individual student work

Feature Photo: Fifth place, Amendment, “My life matters, too” by Alexzane Taylor 

Magazine Cover: Honorable mentionAmendment cover by Hyunji da Silva, Syd Lewin, Rachel
Poulter-Martinez, Viv Rathfon and Madison Tran

Illustration: Honorable mention, Amendment, “Red” by Iyana Graham

Best Comic Strip/Panel: Second place, The Commonwealth Times, “Late to Class”
by Rena Bridge

Best Comic Strip/Panel: Honorable mention, The Commonwealth Times, “Virginia Weather” by Killian

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards for Advertising

Best Recruitment Ad : First place, Open House ad by Tess Wladar 

Best Ad Supplement/Special Section: Honorable mention, The Compass 

Best Single-Media Ad Campaign: Honorable mention, “No Flu VCU” ad
by Madison Tran

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards for Design

Best Comic Strip: Honorable Mention, The Commonwealth Times, “Late to Class” by Rena Bridge

Best Feature/Entertainment/Literary website front page: Honorable Mention, Ink Magazine

Best Literary MagazineSecond place, Pwatem 

Best Literary Magazine Use of Theme: Honorable mention, Emanata 

Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread: Honorable mention, Ink Magazine, “Calling the Bluff” 

Best Newspaper Entertainment Page/Spread: Second place, The Commonwealth Times Spectrum
section, Jan. 18, 2023 

Best Newspaper Sports Page/Spread: Second place, The Commonwealth Times sports section, March
15, 2023

Associated Collegiate Press Best of Show Awards for the convention

Design, Newspaper/Newsmagazine: The Commonwealth Times, Second place, Sports page 5, Sept.
20, 2023 by Andrew Hill and Victor Romanko  

Design, Newspaper/Newsmagazine: The Commonwealth Times, Sixth place, Opinions page 14, Oct. 4,
2023 by Olivia McCabe, Kofi Mframa and Vivian Trinh

Photojournalism, Sports Photo: Ninth place, The Commonwealth Times, “VCU junior forward Camilo
Comi attempts a shot at goal,” Sept. 20, 2023 by Andrew Hill 

Reporting, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Fifth place, The Commonwealth Times, “VCU postpones
upcoming racial literacy course requirement,” Aug. 23, 2023 by Andrew Kerley and Solimar Santoyo

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