UNCW Student Media Sweeps Awards at NCCMA

Campus student media organizations win multiple awards at annual NCCMA Conference.


Casey McAnarney | The Seahawk

The Seahawk won four awards and one honorable mention at this year’s NCCMA Awards.

Casey McAnarney, Editor-in-Chief

On Saturday, Feb. 24, three UNCW student media organizations won multiple awards at the N.C. College Media Association Conference held on N.C. State’s campus this year. The Seahawk student newspaper, Atlantis creative magazine and Second Story honors college arts/literature journal won a total of nine awards and two honorable mentions.

The Seahawk won Best of Show for Online News thanks to the incredible work of News Editor Meredith Hoffman, Asst. News Editor Tyler Newman and the News Staff writers. For The Seahawk, reporter and Asst. Editor Tyler Newman won two awards: First Place News Writing for “Plans for coping with Wilmington’s growing traffic concern” and First Place Feature Writing for “Declining Carolina: The up-and-coming ghost towns of North Carolina.” Reporter Gabriella Dionisio won Third Place Feature Writing for “From Cancer to Chi Omega: One student’s uplifting journey” and Miriam Himes won an Honorable Mention for the opinion piece “Chaos in Catalonia: Finding yourself where you started.”

“Having been the editor-in-chief for the past year and a half, I am so proud of the growth and progress we have made,” said The Seahawk Editor-in-Chief Casey McAnarney. “In a time where news is constantly under fire, I am proud of the writers and editors who continue to seek out and write meaningful stories.”

Atlantis creative magazine won three first-place awards. Andrew Hachey won First Place Poetry for “To Be Good,” Lizzie Bankowski won First Place Nonfiction for “The Left One” and Zachary Kracht won First Place Photography/Art for “Powder.” Atlantis also won Third Place Spread Design for their Fall 2017 issue.

“I couldn’t be more proud of the Atlantis editors for selecting such beautiful pieces, the layout editor for designing such an eye-catching and creative spread, and for our contributors for writing and photographing these pieces,” said Atlantis Editor-in-Chief Carey Shook. “It’s an amazing feeling to say that Atlantis is an award-winning magazine again.”

Second Story honors college arts/literature journal won First Place Fiction for Nikki Kroushl’s “Happy” and K. Layne Smith’s poetry “Samaritan” won an honorable mention. Caleb Horowitz, the editor-in-chief of Second Story journal, said this about the awards:

“I am excited to see how much Second Story journal has grown over the last few years into an award-winning literary magazine! I am proud of my contributors, staff, and, of course, Layout Editor Logan Prochaska. I can’t wait to watch Second Story journal to continue to grow and evolve.”

For more on UNCW Student Media, adviser Bill DiNome can be reached at [email protected] and the website for all of student media can be found here. Second Story can be found on UNCW’s website here. The Seahawk can be reached for inquiries at [email protected] and Atlantis can be reached at [email protected].