Press Release for Friday, November 14, 2008

UNF Weekly Student Newspaper Captures National Honor

Contact: Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2102

The University of North Florida’s student-run weekly newspaper, the Spinnaker, recently placed among the top five weekly university tabloid newspapers at the National College Media Convention’s Best of Show competition in Kansas City, Mo.

The 4,000-circulation Spinnaker placed second in Best of Show. Other winning newspapers among the top five in the competition, sponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media, were from Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.; York University in Toronto; Elon University in Elon, N.C.; and the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vt.

“It is very exciting to win this award. I am very proud of the staff and all they have accomplished this year,” said Holli Welch, Spinnaker editor in chief, who oversees a staff of 20 UNF students.

The college newspaper contest, which draws entries from around the country, is judged by local journalists and national judges based on criteria ranging from news value to photography to leadership.

UNF’s first student newspaper started in January 1974 and was called the Halyard, which was later renamed Campus Up-Date in 1976. On August 17, 1977, the student newspaper was dubbed The Spinnaker, the same name it has held for more than 30 years.