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CM Life named D1 College Newspaper of the Year by Michigan Press Association


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Central Michigan Life was named the Michigan Press Association's 2019 Division 1 College Newspaper of the Year on March 12. 

Awards were planned to be announced at the MPA Conference in Dearborn, Michigan, but the conference was postponed due to coronavirus concerns. 

Central Michigan Life earned several first-place awards. Alumna Emilly Davis was chosen "Best Writer." Senior Ben Suddendorf was named "Best Photographer." Senior Cody Scanlan won "Best Feature Photo." Senior Sara Kellner won "Best Feature Story." Alumnus Connor Byrne won "Best Front Page Design." Senior Quinn Kirby was awarded "Best News Story." CM Life also won first place for "Online Newspaper" and "Special Advertising Section."

"It is especially meaningful that these awards recognize the exceptional student journalism produced just prior to our 100th anniversary," said Dave Clark, Director of Student Media and adviser to CM Life and The Central Review. "We are, and have been for 100 years, a national leader in student media. The quality of the work produced by our students shows the ongoing strength of our program. Student media, working together with journalism faculty and staff in and out of the classroom, is providing student journalists with an opportunity to receive national and state-wide recognition. Thank you, students, for continuing to help us give a voice to CMU students and the Mount Pleasant community."

CM Life placed second, third or honorable mention in 14 categories. 

"CM Life accomplished a ton under Emma Dale's leadership," Editor-in-Chief Dylan Goetz said. "All credit goes to the 2019 staff. We covered lots of important issues like sexual assault and the dark side of greek life. I'm very thankful to have been apart of such a great team."

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