The Aviso AVW won first place for Best Collegiate Newspaper Website in its division at the Ohio Newspaper Association (ONA) Convention on Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Hilton Columbus at Polaris.
The Aviso AVW was competing with other publications that have less than daily frequency. It finished ahead of Otterbein University’s Tan & Cardinal, which finished in second place, and Ashland University’s The Collegian, which finished in third place. Both schools have larger enrollment than Malone.
Faculty adviser and associate professor of communication arts Dr. David Dixon, who oversaw The Aviso AVW’s move to become a web-only publication in the fall of 2010, was pleased with the award.
“It’s a great affirmation of the work the Aviso staff has put in the last couple of years, especially with the transition from print to web,” Dixon said. “I think the site serves the student body in some new and exciting ways.”
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The entries for the Web Site Competition were judged by Rick Markus, a front-end web developer from Chicago. According to the Judges’ Report published by the ONA, Markus “was immediately impressed with the look of the site upon landing on the front page.”
The report went on to say that The Aviso AVW was “an excellent entry to the website competition” and that the site “competes well with the larger schools.”
A total of 12 schools applied for the ONA’s Ohio Collegiate Newspaper and Web Site Competition, including large public schools such as The Ohio State University, Ohio University and Kent State University. The field was split into two divisions, of which The Aviso AVW was placed into Division B. In addition to Otterbein and Ashland, other schools in Division B included the University of Findlay, Youngstown State University and Cedarville University.
Managing/news editor Chelsea Weikart said the award is especially important for The Aviso AVW in the wake of the transition to a web-only publication.
“Considering the fact that we’re new online, it’s something to be proud of,” Weikart said.
Sports editor and junior communication arts major Chris Sherwood was pleasantly surprised by the award.
“I kind of thought we might do well, but I didn’t expect to get first,” Sherwood said. “For a staff our size, though, I think we do a very good job.”
This is The Aviso AVW’s first year as an ONA member. 2012 marks the third year the ONA has given awards to collegiate publications.
In addition to college newspapers, the ONA is comprised of professional daily and weekly publications across the state. This year’s ONA convention featured remarks from U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and zookeeper/wildlife activist Jack Hanna.