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Vermont Cynic takes home 2 national best-of-show awards

October 27, 2013
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The Cynic’s winning entry, “The Housing Issue,” was published Oct. 9.

Vermont Cynic staff members are celebrating tonight after their paper took home two best-of-show awards from the National College Media Convention, a 2,300-student event that came to a close today in New Orleans.

Six Cynic staff members were on hand to accept the awards: one for best special edition (9th place) and one for best multimedia package (3rd place). It was the first time that the Cynic has entered in either category and comes off a year of growing the Cynic’s multimedia coverage, said Mike Eaton, the newspaper’s editor-in-chief.

“It feels incredible to have won two best-of-show awards, a great confirmation of the hard work that each and every person on the Cynic contributes,” Eaton said. “Placing third in multimedia in our first year with a multimedia section illustrates that perfectly.

“I’m so proud of everyone and couldn’t be more optimistic for the future of the Cynic.”

The winning multimedia entry, published online in conjunction with the housing issue, showcases the kind of multimedia collaboration effort that former photo editor—and now multimedia editor—Natalie Williams has been working on in the past year.

Says Williams:

When I started as multimedia editor, I had no experience in multimedia or video and was incredibly nervous. I knew I had some pretty big goals, but I had no idea we would accomplish them and more.

We went from a section that put out a couple videos a semester to one that releases at least two videos a week. And now we are award-winning! It is absolutely unreal.

When I heard that we won, I was completely in shock. I was freaking out in my apartment alone and immediately called the assistant multimedia editor Cory Dawson. We had no idea that the section would have this kind of success so soon. I am utterly overjoyed, and this means the world to me.

The Cynic publishes a new edition each Tuesday, both in print and online.

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