Student journalists earn state honors

Hastings College student journalists earned 80 Golden Leaf awards from Nebraska Collegiate Media Association. HCTV, the student-run television station, was named 1st in Best Overall Excellence for Television, earning more than twice as many points as its closest competitor. In Best Overall Excellence for Radio, the student-run KFKX finished 2nd while HCMediaOnline also earned 2nd place honors in the Outstanding Digital Media category. The Collegian, one of the oldest student media outlets on campus, was 3rd in the Newspaper category.

Individual results are as follows. As available, links to students’ works have been provided.



Entertainment – Music Video

1st “Youth of the Nation”     Colton Spearman ‘13 of Louisville, Colo.

3rd “Kiss Me”                          Lauren Sawyer ’15 of Gretna, Neb.


Entertainment – Misc.

1st “Bandit Shape Up”         Cam Penner ’14 and Sam Gentry ’14, both of Lincoln, Neb.

3rd “The Chase”                    Ross Struss ’13 of Hastings, Neb.

Honorable Mention “Behind the Scenes”           Allen Hamil ’16 of Merrill, Iowa



1st “Quizno’s”            Gentry

2nd “Eileen’s”            Gentry


Feature Newswriting

1st “Trotter Inauguration”    Penner 


General News

Honorable Mention “Weight Room”         Spearman


Live Remote

1st “WBB v. Midland”            HC Media


Long-form Video

1st “Sioux City Coverage”   Melissa Ninemire ’14 of Falcon, Colo.

2nd “Comeback City”            Kirk Orndorff ‘1x of Loveland, Colo.

3rd “Gray Center Dedication”          Struss

Honorable Mention “DSC Xtra”     Orndorff



1st “Bronco News Now, Nov. 15”   Penner; Gentry; Spearman; Struss; Ninemire;

Nick Strickland ‘14 of Colorado Springs, Colo., Felicia Brazda ‘13 of Wahoo, Neb.; and Will Amyot ‘13 of Hastings, Neb.


Public Affairs

1st “Table Talk”            Caitlin Hein ’14 of Grand Island, Neb.; Penner, Struss; and Ninemire


Public Service Announcement (PSA)

1st “Food for Thought”             Gentry

2nd “Arts”                                 Emily Case ’14 of Gibbon, Neb.


Promotional Video

1st “Academic Showcase”                              Penner

Honorable Mention “BNN Harlem Shake”     Gentry


Short Film

2nd “Falling in Love at HC”      Autum Conley ’13 of Bargersville, Ind.


Sports Reporting

Honorable Mention “Volleyball”          Spearman



1st “Going Nowhere Fast”       Strickland

2nd “Academic Showcase”     Penner


Digital Media


Specialty Site

1st           Hein and Penner


Multimedia Features

1st “Building a History”                        Penner

2nd “Last in the Lost Corner – Part 1”             Liz McCue ’13 of Omaha, Neb.


Use of Digital Technology

1st           HC Media Online staff



2nd          Hein and Penner


Promotional Content

1st “Bronco News Now: Harlem Shake”         Gentry

2nd Hastings College Media Facebook           HC Media Online staff




Public Service Announcement

Honorable Mention “Flat Water”         Struss and Jen Gold ’12 of Denver, Colo.


Promotional Announcement

Honorable Mention “Social Media Promo”     Spearman


Remote Broadcast

1st “Homecoming”                               Struss and Amyot

Honorable Mention “New Student Days Remote”     Kyle Chesterman ’14 of Oxford, Neb.


Event Sportscast

1st “HC vs. Northwestern WBB”         Struss and Andy Butler ‘14 of Hastings, Neb.

Honorable Mention “HC vs. Doane GPAC Final”      Struss and Orndorff


Sports Story

1st “Sports Update”                 Strickland

3rd “Weekly Sports Update”    Strickland

Honorable Mention “Sports Update”   Maggie Meisinger ‘15 of Littleton, Colo.


News Story

1st “Tree Planting Ceremony”             Sawyer

2nd “Well Worth It”                               P.J. Mullen ‘15 of Des Moines, Iowa


Feature News

1st “Living Center”                               Sawyer

3rd “Library Update”                            Sawyer


Transitional Element

2nd “CKS_Production_NARF”                        Spearman

Honorable Mention “Liner”                  Orndorff


Air Personality

Honorable Mention “Cornstalk Talk”  Struss




Opinion Writing

1st        Randy Marx ’13 of Hastings, Neb.


Feature Writing

1st        Kaitlin Grode ’14 of Omaha, Neb.


Hard News/Spot News Reporting

3rd        Grode


Sports Reporting

Honorable Mention     Nikki Sherrill ‘16 of Windsor, Colo.



2nd       McCue

3rd and Honorable Mention     Jessica Richard ‘13 of Lincoln, Neb.


Overall Layout & Design

3rd        The Collegian staff


Page-One Layout & Design

2nd       Sarah Mindrup ’15 from Elkhorn, Neb.


Two-Page, Special-Spread Design

3rd        Laura Bernero ’13 from Highlands Ranch, Colo.


Sports Photograph

1st        Chloe Ekberg ’13 from Omaha, Neb.

Founded in 1882, Hastings College is a private, four-year liberal arts institution located in Hastings, Nebraska, that focuses on student academic and extracurricular achievement. With 64 majors in 32 areas of study and 12 pre-professional programs, Hastings College has been named among “America’s Best National Liberal Arts Colleges” by U.S. News & World Report, a “Best in the Midwest” by The Princeton Review and a “Best Buy in College Education” by Barron’s. Visit for more.

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