JONESBORO — The Herald, the newspaper produced by students in the School of Media and Journalism at Arkansas State University, and several of its staff members earned four Southeast Journalism Conference Best of the South 2020 awards during a virtual ceremony last month.

The Herald finished fifth overall out of 30 publications for best college newspaper. Herald editor-in-chief Krishnan Collins of Sherwood tied for third place in a group of 24 entries in the best sportswriter category.

Ranked fourth, opinion editor Lily Cabibi-Wilkin of Hot Springs competed against 26 entries in the best opinion/editorial writer category. Tristan Bennett of Carlisle, news editor, finished 12th in a field of 33 entries in the best news writer category.

“I am very proud of all the hard work The Herald staff has done since last spring semester,” said Collins who submitted A-State’s entries into the SEJC competition. “We have worked hard to change the culture at The Herald and really improve the paper in all aspects from content to design to distribution and the list could go on.”

Forty-five judges examined 369 entries in 30 competition categories from more than 30 institutions participating in the competition.

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