Stories, photos, designs: Collegian earns 22 awards at Kansas Collegiate Media Conference


The Kansas State Collegian staff received 22 awards at the Kansas Collegiate Media Journalist Awards Conference on April 9-10. Links to our award-winning stories, photos and other work are below.


Journalist of the Year: Second place — Kaitlyn Alanis

Special section: Second place — Special tailgate edition of the Gameday Guide for the K-State Senior Day football game against KU

Overall newspaper: Bronze medal


Series writing: First place — Budget Cut Series by Kaitlyn Alanis

News writing: Honorable mention — Brownback cuts higher education funding, K-State loses $4.9 million by Jason Tidd and Danielle Cook

Feature writing: Second place — Not just a number: Veteran Jacob Horton continues to teach after death by Emily Starkey

Sports feature writing: First place — For D.J. Reed, a “chip on the shoulder” is more than a cliche by Tim Everson; honorable mention — Newly appointed Wildcat captain ready to lead by example by Scott Popp

Column writing: First place — Calling it what it is: Rape by Erin Poppe; Honorable mention — An inside look from a newbie member of the K-State marching band by Bri Schrock


Feature photography: First place — Pillow fight by Nathan Jones; second place — Burning Konza by Evert Nelson

Sports photography: First place — Football player dives by Emily Starkey; third place — Football fan by Emily Starkey

News photography: Third place — Evert Nelson

Photo essay: First place — It Happens Here by George Walker, Emily Starkey and Mason Swenson; third place — Fireworks spark early-morning fire by Evert Nelson; honorable mention — Ubering through Fake Patty’s Day by Parker Robb


Front page design: First place — No Ban No Wall by Iris LoCoco; second place — On the Rocks by Audrey Hockersmith

Ad design: Second place — Mallory Heinen; honorable mention — Mallory Heinen

Kaitlyn Alanis
Hi, I'm Kaitlyn Alanis, former news editor for the Collegian and a May 2017 graduate in agricultural communications and journalism. I have never tried a hamburger and I hate the taste of coffee, but I love writing stories and sharing what I learn with our readers. By writing for the Collegian, I can now not only sing along when the K-State Band plays "The Band is Hot," but I also know that most agriculture students did not grow up on a farm, how to use an AED to save someone's life and why there is a bust of MLK Jr. outside of Ahearn Field House. Thanks for reading!