Vol State Student Magazine Wins National Award

Submitted on April 11, 2013 at 10:55 AM

The Pioneer, Volunteer State Community College's student magazine, is the recipient of the College Media Association 2012 Apple Award for Best Magazine Cover Design.

This national award was presented at the College Media Association convention in New York City in March. The spring 2012 issue of The Pioneer was awarded the honor in the two-year college division.

The cover was designed by editor Samantha Hearn and assistant editor Austin Wright. It was composed of a white cover with the image of a marijuana leaf created from words associated with articles in the edition. Each stem of the leaf referred to a different story, using words from that story. The lead article was about the prohibition of marijuana.

"The students did a great job creating a magazine cover that reflected all of the stories in the magazine," said Clay Scott, faculty adviser of The Pioneer. "The cover communicated the magazine's content in a unique and creative design."

This is the second national award that The Pioneer has received. In 2010, the magazine was named National Runner-Up in the Society of Professional Journalists' Mark of Excellence Awards in the Best Magazine division for two-year colleges.

The Pioneer is produced by students during the spring and fall semesters. The magazine is a 32-page full-color, general interest magazine composed of articles and photographs relating to Vol State and its students. The entire magazine, from the conception of story ideas to design, is done by students.

Students may participate in creation of the magazine by either taking the class (Communication 293P) or as a freelance writer or photographer.

For more information about The Pioneer or the Journalism program at Vol State, contact Clay Scott at Clay.Scott@VolState.edu.

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