wins 3rd straight best overall title

For the third straight year, The Eagle’s website,, captured “Best in Overall Excellence,” the top award in the Digital Medium Division competition of the Nebraska Collegiate Media Association’s Gold Leaf Awards, presented April 8 at Concordia University Nebraska, Seward.
This is the fourth time in six years took top honors in the Digital Medium Division. The Eagle launched in January 2011 and the site earned second in the best overall category that year. Since then, was judged first in the best overall in 2012 and 2015-2017; second again in 2014; and third in 2013.
The website’s win this year, coupled with The Eagle’s seventh straight “Best in Overall Excellence” title in the Newspaper Division, placed the staff earning top spots in two of the NCMA’s four media division competitions for each of the past three years.
“We were pleasantly surprised to win this division again this year,” said The Eagle’s Managing Editor Jordyn Hulinsky, senior of St. Paul. “There is still so much more we can do with our website and I wish we had a web editor and more time to mess with it to make it even better. But again, this was won with contributions from the entire staff.”
This year the digital medium competition was broken into 13 individual categories from digital breaking news to use of a digital medium for public service to emerging platforms to community collaboration.
Eligible entries must have been posted between March 1, 2016, and Feb. 28, this year.
Students from the NCMA’s seven member schools who competed earned points for their respective websites for placing first (5 points), second (3 points), or third (1 point) in each of those 13 categories. Honorable mentions do not earn points. The points each student earns in the individual categories are totaled to determine which website earns the “Best in Overall Excellence” title.
“I cannot say enough about the consistency through the years in the quality of work and the dedication of the student staff of The Eagle and,” said Michael D. Kennedy, journalism instructor and adviser of The Eagle and “I know how hard these students work and it has paid off for them.
“Winning two of NCMA’s four division titles three years in a row, confirms for everyone on campus and in the larger Chadron community, what I already know about these young people—they are dedicated, hard-working, young students who possess a strong commitment to providing the best news product they can for their readers,” he said.
Individually, earned two first-place awards, worth 10 points; five second-places, worth 15 points; and four third places, worth 4 points, tallying 29 points to win the overall title. The staff also earned four honorable mentions. In all, the staff earned 15 individual awards plus the best overall title to capture 16 awards in the competition.
The Sower and its website, both student produced media of Concordia University Nebraska, were newcomers to this year’s NCMA Golden Leaf Awards competition. Nonetheless, tallied 19 points and captured second in the Digital Medium Division’s best overall category, while of Hastings College earned 14 points and finished third.

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