The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presented the 2011 Talisman with a Gold Crown Award during a ceremony Sunday (March 18) at Columbia University in New York City.
The award was the second consecutive Gold Crown for the WKU yearbook since resuming publication in 2006. The Talisman had received Silver Crowns for the 2003, 2007, 2008 and 2009 yearbooks and Gold Crowns for the 1982 and 2010 yearbooks and 1995 Talisman Xposure.
The six other Gold Crown winners were Agromeck, North Carolina State University; Cactus, The University of Texas at Austin; Ibis, University of Miami; Red Cedar Log, Michigan State University; Selah, Liberty University and The Tower, Loyola Marymount University.
Silver Crown winners were Arbutus, Indiana University; Blueprint, Georgia Institute of Technology; Bugle, Virginia Tech; Griffon, Missouri Western State University; The Ole Miss, University of Mississippi and Tower, Northwest Missouri State University.
The Crown Awards, the highest recognition given by the CSPA, signify overall excellence among student print and online media.
The 2011 Talisman also has been named a Yearbook Pacemaker finalist by the Associated Collegiate Press. The Pacemaker winners will be announced at the ACP/CMA National College Media Convention Oct. 31-Nov. 4 in Chicago.
Charlotte Turtle, a graduate from Memphis, Tenn., was editor of the 2011 WKU yearbook. Melissa Pinguely, a Fort Thomas graduate, was managing editor. Audrey Flagg, a Union graduate, and Trisha Weber, a Coxs Creek graduate, were writing editors. Ashley Wittenborn, a senior from Libertyville, Ill., and Matt Clifton, a Louisville junior, were design editors and photo editors were seniors Demetrius Freeman of Atlanta and Kelly Lafferty of Shelbyville. The adviser is Katie Clark.
Talisman staff members won 21 Gold Circle (staff or individual awards), including five firsts, three seconds, two thirds and 11 certificates of merit.
The staff received a first place for academic spread multi-page presentation. First-place individual winners were Louisville senior Lauren Cherry, academic writing; Memphis senior Sarah McCullum, personality profile; Sam Oldenburg, a senior from Owatonna, Minn., sports feature photo; and Elizabethtown graduate Alex Duke, sports feature writing.
The staff placed second in caption/cutline writing and sports spread one-spread. Placing second were Freeman, Wittenborn and Danville senior Lindsay Kriz for feature presentation.
Third-place winners were Louisville senior Zach Conkle, feature photo; and Bowling Green senior Derek Sabiston and Scranton, Pa., graduate Jake Stevens, feature presentation.
Certificates of merit were awarded to the Talisman staff for headline writing, theme and concept, academic spread multi-page presentation, people spreads without mug photos multi-page presentation and single informational graphic. Certificates of merit were also awarded to Louisville senior Dallas Stoller, student life feature writing; Duke, sports reporting; Clifton, Turtle and Wittenborn, title page design; Luke Sharrett, a senior from Forest, Va., sports action photo; Jerry Englehart Jr., a senior from Ormond Beach, Fla., sports feature photo; and Houston junior Jon Hernandez, academic photo.
Clark, Wittenborn, Clifton, Amber Plunkett, a junior from Clarksville, Tenn., John Tebault, Herald advertising adviser and sales manager, and Bob Adams, director of Student Publications, represented WKU at the annual college media convention in New York City.
Contact: Katie Clark, (270) 745-3055.