DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 29, 2014) - Daytona State College's student newspaper InMotion continued its streak as one of the top student-run publications during October's 55th annual Florida College System Publications Association Newspaper Competition in Boca Raton.Daytona State’s student newspaper/literary magazine place high in competition

For the second consecutive year, InMotion, which published its first edition in 1991, came in second overall in General Excellence behind Miami Dade College's Reporter. InMotion has been dominant in the annual competition for more than a decade, placing first overall seven times and second five times.

Historically, the competition has been divided into two divisions based on institutional size. This year, however, the divisions were consolidated into one. Nevertheless, in addition to the General Excellence award, the student journalists, print designers and photographers came away with eight other honors, including three first-place awards.

"Combining the divisions makes our showing this year all the more impressive, since we were competing against much larger institutions," said Elena Jarvis, a journalism professor and co-advisor to the student newspaper. "Placing so well in General Excellence was an honor, and I am immensely proud of our students."

Dean of Student Activities Bruce Cook, who is also co-advisor to the newspaper, said the publication provides an excellent learning experience for students, especially for those who have an interest in media and journalism as a career. "This is truly a student-run publication. Everyone takes pride in teamwork and collaboration," he said. "They are serious about serving their campus community. They want to become involved and make a difference."

Brianna Mims took home two first-place awards in the Editorial Cartoon and Comic Strip categories. Brandon Krampert earned first place in the General Column category, as well as a second-place award in the Editorial category.

Other Daytona State awardees were:

  • Joyce Wagner, second place, News Photo
  • Amber Boutot, Elizabeth Kirkland and Ali Schmitz, second place, Picture Story
  • Scott Turner, second place, Sports Writing and Honorable Mention for In-Depth Reporting

Daytona State's student literary publication Aeolus took home four awards, including a first place for Cover Design by Brianna Mims. Brandon Hill earned a second-place award for Fiction Writing, while Joshua Payne took home third-place honors in the Nonfiction category. Elizabeth Kirkland and Lance Rothwell shared third place in Photography.


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Chris Thomes,

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