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Student newspaper wins first place honors in news series and headline writing

PMG PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Cassie Wilson, a former journalist for Mt. Hood Community Colleges newspaper The Advocate, won two first place awards in the newspaper contest.

Mt. Hood Community Community College's student newspaper, The Advocate, won multiple top honors in the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's 2020 Collegiate Newspaper Contest.

The Advocate earned second place for general excellence and first in headline writing and best series of stories for work published during the 2019 calendar year.

"I'm amazed and proud of our group," said Howard Buck, co-faculty adviser "It was a joy to work with them."

Cassie Wilson and Megan Phelps won for best series for coverage of the college radio station KMHD, and the controversy over whether it should continue to be operated by Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Wilson also won first place for headline writing.

Chloe Collins and Omar Saradi won first place for best editorial and the team of Wilson and Phelps earned third for editorials.

Eli Rankin snagged first and third for best graphics and first for best cartooning.

The Advocate also grabbed top honor for its website.

Melanie Roberts earned second place for best sports story.

Kurt Larson nabbed second and Omar Carrillo third for best review.

Saradi earned second and Carrillo third for best columnist.

Fletcher Wood got third for best spot news photo and the paper earned third for best section and best special section and first for best house advertisement.

This year's awards were announced online earlier this month. The usual gathering of college journalists for an awards celebration was canceled due to the restrictions put in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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