‘The Antelope’ Places Seconds Overall in Nebraska Press Association Collegiate Newspaper Competition; Nine Students Win Individual Awards

Terri Diffenderfer
“The Antelope” adviser, 308.865.8269.

UNK– “The Antelope,” the University of Nebraska at Kearney student newspaper, took second overall and nine UNK student journalists earned awards in the Nebraska Press Association Collegiate Newspaper Competition held recently in Lincoln.

Eight UNK students earned awards in the 2009 Published Work Collegiate Competition, which included categories such as Best Feature Article, News Photo, Advertisement and Column. In addition, seven students competed in on-the-spot news reporting and photo competitions.

“I think competitions like this are a tremendous experience for the students,” said Terri Diffenderfer, “The Antelope” adviser. “When you compete, you get feedback about what you are doing well—and you also become inspired to compete at a higher level. Another benefit of attending this type of competition is the opportunity for students to meet with professionals from papers across Nebraska.

“Reporters and editors from our local paper, ‘The Kearney Hub,’ have been a tremendous support for us through their encouragement and by providing opportunities for UNK students,” Diffenderfer added.

Students who won individual awards in the 2009 Published Work Collegiate Competition and the on-the-spot competitions are listed below alphabetically by hometown:

Grand Island
– Matt Kovar. Second Place in Best Feature, “Making a splash.” 
– Abby Richter. Third Place Best Feature, “Nothing is stopping her now.” 
– Suzanne Blazek. Third Place Best Advertisement, “Prairie Hills open house”; Kevin Whetstone. Third Place Best News                 Photo, “The grill, the grill is on fire.” 
– Jessica Huebert. Second Place Best Feature Photo, “New Moon.” 
– Sam Bates. Honorable Mention in Satore/Mangleson On-the-Spot Photography Competition. 
– Erik Dodge. Third Place in Best News, “Student Senate decides what’s ‘NORML.’” 
– Taryn Vasa. First Place Best Advertisement, “Jersey’s bone chilling drink specials.”


– Jonathan Cannon. Second Place Best Column, “Black students encourage UNK to do more for Black History Month.