The Arka Tech, student newspaper at Arkansas Tech University, captured 16 awards during the 2019 Arkansas College Media Association conference.
ATU students Amber Quaid (feature page layout and feature photo), Ricci Logan (meeting/speech coverage) Shelby Arnold (headlines), Gabbi Calabrese (feature writing), George Clark (cartoon strip) and Hannah Butler (online personality profile) won first-place honors.
Calabrese picked up a second-place award for feature writing and a third-place recognition for review writing. Logan (feature photo), Amanda Hampton (meeting/speech coverage), Lainey Boone (online feature writing) and Noah Delashaw (sports feature writing) also collected prizes for third place.
Ezekiel Mascuilli (editorial cartoon), Tiffany Webster (sports feature writing) and Arnold (review writing) were cited for honorable mention.
The conference took place on Friday, April 5, at ATU in Russellville. Rep. Mark Lowery provided the keynote address for the conference luncheon.
The more than 100 student journalists representing 10 colleges and universities at the 2019 ACMA conference had the opportunity to attend professional development sessions with working journalists.
"Several Arka Tech staffers played key roles the day of the conference, making sure everything ran smoothly," said Tommy Mumert, assistant professor of journalism and advisor for the Arka Tech. "While I am proud of the awards the staff won, I am most proud of the way our students working the conference represented not only The Arka Tech, but the university, as well."