Fondation names 'Most Valuable Staffer' competition winners

Mon, February 07, 2000 by Vickie Martin

CINCINNATI –The Scripps Howard Foundation has named the five winners of its first annual “Most Valuable Staffer” competition, which was open to U.S. college newspaper staff members.The winners, selected from 74 nominees, are: Kelly Furnas, senior, editor-in-chief of the Kansas State Collegian, Kansas State University, Manhattan. Jon Knolle, senior, art director for The Orion, California State University, Chico. Mark Jennings, senior, executive editor for The Community News, Howard University, Washington, D.C. Paul Glader, junior, managing editor of Volante, University of South Dakota, Vermillion. Andrew M. Gammill, junior, reporter for the Indiana Daily Student, Indiana University, Bloomington.Each of the winners will receive a $5,000 scholarship and an all-expenses paid trip to New York for the National College Media Convention, co-sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers, March 16-19. The college newspapers where the students work also will receive a $5,000 grant.The competition was sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation in cooperation with College Media Advisers.“Scripps Howard Foundation is proud to recognize the accomplishments of these fine college newspaper staffers,” said Judith G. Clabes, president and CEO of the foundation. “Each exemplifies the dedication and talent needed to meet the unique challenges of college journalism. We wish them the best and hope a career in journalism is in their future.”Chris Carroll, president of College Media Advisers and media adviser at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, said, “This competition has provided a great opportunity for these deserving college students who might not otherwise have been so well rewarded for their hard work. Their college papers also are happy beneficiaries thanks to the unprecedented matching grants.”The competition was open to staffers of any college newspaper in the U.S. that publishes at least weekly during the regular school year. Nominees had to be enrolled as full-time students in the college or university. They were not required to be journalism or communications majors, and could work in any department of the newspaper. The competition was judged by a panel of academic and newspaper professionals. College Media Advisers, with more than 700 members coast to coast, represents the people who advise the nation’s collegiate newspapers, yearbooks, magazines and electronic media.Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, literacy, minority recruitment/development and First Amendment causes.