FCPA recognizes excellence in college journalism

The Minaret, the University of Tampa’s student newspaper, was named Best College Newspaper in the Florida College Press Association’s (FCPA) 2007 Better Newspaper Contest.

This was the first awards contest for the organization, which began in 2007 as a partnership between college and university newspapers in the state and the Florida Press Association.

There were six award categories including best feature writing, best photography, best sports story and the best college newspaper. FCPA is hoping to expand the awards in 2008.

“It’s very exciting to have gotten our awards contest off the ground in our very first year,” said Brian Thompson, president of FCPA and adviser to the Flagler College Gargoyle in St. Augustine. “There’s a lot of energy already in the organization, and we think this is just the first step as we continue to grow and get established.”

Thompson said the organization ultimately wants to grow better relationships between collegiate and professional journalists throughout the state.

FCPA has 13 member newspapers that range from small private colleges to larger public universities including the University of Miami, Florida Atlantic University, Stetson University, Eckerd College and Florida A&M University.

For a complete listing of award winners, go to http://floridacollegepress.com/?page_id=12

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