USM's longtime student newspaper, The Free Press, was honored March 14 with awards for design and overall quality by the College Media Association in New York City.
The newspaper earned first place awards in the NYC17 Design Contest and Best Print Ad categories. It also placed third among the best newspapers at four-year colleges with an enrollment between 5,000 and 10,000.
"This year, we had an exceptional amount of students that were willing to go above and beyond with new design, new ways of creating content and new ways of editing," said Krysteana Scribner, the Free Press' editor-in-chief. "To us, this is significant because it shows all the hard work we've been doing, particularly with the new design this past year."
Other award-winning schools in its categories included Ithica Colleg, Quinnipiac University and Temple University.
The David L. Adams Apple Awards, complete with a trophy resembling a golden apple, are awarded at the end of the College Media Association's four-day conference in Manhattan.
Scribner counted more than 170 schools in attendance. Many had bigger student newspapers. But to her, the awards are especially sweet because the Free Press is the creation of students rather than a big, pricey institution.
"The students themselves are the ones who made this happen," she said.