RCTC Echo reporters win awards


Three students from the RCTC Echo won awards in the college division of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2013-2014 Better Newspaper Contest.

Caleb Anthony placed second for sports writing for his story headlined “Yellowjackets enjoy sublime season.” The contest judge said Anthony “went the extra mile on a season recap by talking about the ‘heart’ of the team.”

This was the second consecutive year that Anthony placed in the MNA contest. Anthony, who served as the Echo’s sports editor from 2012 to 2014, plans to transfer this fall to the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

Connor Robley placed third in sports writing for his story, headlined “Spring 2014: A baseball odyssey,” about the RCTC team’s spring break trip to Florida. The contest judge said Robley wrote “a unique story about team’s bus trip from Rochester to Flor​ida.” In addition to being the Echo’s managing editor, Robley was an infielder and pitcher for the Yellowjacket baseball team. Robley has since transferred to the University of North Dakota.

Zech Sindt placed third for photo story. Sindt created a full-page photo layout after shooting more than 400 images at a show staged by the RCTC Physics Club. Sindt was promoted to editor in chief for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The RCTC students competed against college journalists from Minnesota’s four-year universities. The Echo was the sole community college newspaper to receive awards from the MNA contest.

The awards were announced Thursday, Jan. 29, at MNA’s annual convention at the DoubleTree by Hilton Minneapolis South.

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