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Stetson’s Student-Run Media Wins 2 National Awards

Stetson’s student-run media organization — which publishes The Reporter, produces Hatter Radio, and curates the literary journal Touchstone — won two Best in Show Awards from the Associated Collegiate Press at its Midwinter National Journalism Convention in San Francisco.

Stetson students who won 2 awards

The award-winning Stetson journalists in Hatter Network are: Front row, left to right, 
Veronica Faison, Meghan Moran, Tony Pizzo; and back row, left to right: Shaylen Vitale, Alissa Pagano, Lynn Walsh, Kait Forsythe, Maeve Coughlin, and Nick Saffan.

Hatter Network placed sixth in the feature magazine category for The Reporter, and placed eighth in the website/small school category for the beta version of its new website, hatternetwork.com, at the awards ceremony last month.

The awards were given March 5 for “general excellence” to the best of student media from the 91 colleges and universities that were represented at the conference, which was attended by 600 students.

Nick Saffan, editorial director for Hatter Network, said, “It is an honor to place in the ACP’s Best of Show twice on our first time out, and we hope our journalism brings home plenty more awards for the Hatters.”

Jason Cruz, editor of The Reporter, which was relaunched last fall as a monthly magazine, said, “I’m incredibly proud of the work my team has put together this year, from the other Hatter Network executives to the writers and designers. To place so highly in our first year as a magazine and digital first organization feels wonderful, especially when I consider the hours we have all devoted to this. These honors go to each of us.”

Saffan, who also serves as chair of the Student Media and Publications Board, which oversees student media at Stetson, echoed that. “We’re incredibly proud of the work our entire team has put in to make Hatter Network’s inaugural year a success, from the staff who make the new Reporter magazine possible, to everyone who has contributed to our web presence and the new website. We thank the designers, reporters, and content creators who make Hatter Network possible, as well as our dedicated executive team, who keep us running smooth,” he said.

The Associated Collegiate Press, of which Hatter Network is a member, “provides journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the United States and in other countries,” according to its website.