MHCC’s Advocate Newspaper Wins Big at ONPA Awards

Posted June 12, 2013

Mike Mata (left) and John Tkebuchava, co-editors-in-chief
Mike Mata (left) and John Tkebuchava, co-editors-in-chief

The student-produced newspaper for Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) published its final edition for 2012-13 on Friday, June 7, while its staff took time to celebrate recent statewide honors.

The Advocate returned May 10 from the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association (ONPA) Collegiate Day Awards event with 11 individual and staff awards – and also won first place for General Excellence in its classification, based on the quality of three complete issues scrutinized by judges.

The General Excellence award marked a first for MHCC and The Advocate. And, it capped a strong showing this academic year under student Co-Editors-in-Chief Mike Mata and John Tkebuchava.

The Advocate competed with nondaily student publications at Oregon colleges without a four-year degree journalism program – essentially, the state’s community colleges.

Linn-Benton Community College hosted the ONPA journalism seminar and awards event in Albany.

Full List of ONPA Awards Won by The Advocate:
General Excellence: First place – The Advocate
Best columnist: Third place – Jeff Hannig
Best editorial: First place – Jeff Hannig, Kylie Rogers
Best review: Third place – Dorothy Ocacio
Best sports photo: Second place – Jonathan Long
Best photography: Third place – Jonathan Long
Best cartooning: Second place – Jeff Hannig
Best section: Third place – John Tkebuchava
Best series: Second place – Shelby Schwartz, Katelyn Hilsenbeck, Danny Perez-Crouse, Kylie Rogers
Best design: Second place – The Advocate staff
Best graphic: Second place – Logan Scott
Best website:  Second place – Logan Scott

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