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April 22, 2010
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Students, Baker Orange, Baker Online honored at collegiate conferenceChrisSmith

Baldwin City, Kan. — Baker University’s mass media and communication department received top honors April 18-19 at the annual Kansas Associated Collegiate Press conference in Wichita.

The Baker Orange received the All-Kansas Award, recognizing the top student newspaper for a four-year private college in Kansas. The Orange has captured the honor 11 times in 13 years.

The Orange Online site was awarded a gold medal.

Chris Smith, editor of the Orange for the fall 2009 semester, was honored as Journalist of the Year for four-year colleges and universities in Kansas.

The Orange won 25 individual awards in the newspaper competition, including six first-place honors.

First-place winners from the Baker Orange were Amanda Helm, single ad design; Cate Richards, cartoons; Baker Orange staff, illustration; Lauren Anderson, interior page design; Chris Smith, sports features; and Reina Murphy, Chris Smith, Alesha Miller and Kelsey Epperson, multimedia story telling.

Gwyn Mellinger, professor and chair of mass media and communication department, and Dave Bostwick, assistant professor of mass media and communication, serve as faculty advisers to the Baker Orange and Orange Online.