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CSUB’s The Runner Newspaper Earns 14 Awards

The Runner student newspaper at CSU Bakersfield received 14 awards, including a third place for best newspaper, this weekend at the California College Media Association banquet. The Runner competed against other student newspapers at four-year universities in California with less than 10,000 students.

Fifteen Runner students and their faculty adviser, Jennifer Burger, attended the banquet in conjunction with the annual Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) National College Journalism Convention in San Francisco, held March 2 through 5.

“I am very proud of the staff of The Runner for producing high-quality work in so many areas of news media, from photography and stories to news videos, podcasting and social media reporting,” said Burger, a journalism lecturer at CSUB in addition to serving as faculty adviser to The Runner. “It shows how versatile our young journalists need to be to tell stories to an ever-changing audience, and how our students at CSUB are stepping up to that challenge.”

In addition to the 14 awards from the CCMA, The Runner also took home two Best of Show awards from the ACP. Competing against student newspapers from across the U.S. and Canada, The Runner won third place for Best Newspaper, less-than-weekly, and third place for Best Website, small school (less than 12,000 students).

The Runner publishes every other week during the semester at CSUB, and can be read on the web at

California College Media Association Awards 2017


Four-Year University - Less than 10,000 students

Staff – Best Newspaper, Third Place

“The Runner”

Gina Butler – Best Sales Promotion Materials, First Place

“Runner Media Kit”

Maria Rodriguez, Roel Romualdo – Best Non-News Video, Second Place


Maria Rodriguez, Jonathan Wells – Best News Video, First Place

“2016 Bakersfield Business Conference”

Cristian Macias – Best Podcast, Second Place

“Runnercast: Making Mixes with Klayton and Rene”

Javier Valdez, Maria Rodriguez, Ben Patton, Jonathan Wells, Karina Diaz – Best use of social media, Second Place

“Bakersfield Business Conference Coverage”

AJ Alvarado – Best Photo Illustration, First Place

“Basketball Preview”

AJ Alvarado – Best Sports Photograph, Third Place

“Rod Barnes Celebrates”

Ben Patton – Best Feature Photograph, Third Place

“No shelter from the cold”

Chris Mateo – Best Feature Story, Second Place

“Through labor, dreams are reborn”

Syleena Perez – Best Sports Story, Second Place

“Larios Powered by Guardian Angel”

Julie Mana-Ay – Best Editorial, Second Place

“Election awakens fear in minorities”

Esteban Ramirez – Best non-breaking news story, Second Place

“Student files complaint against CSUB professor”

Marissa Patton, Javier Valdes, Julie Mana-Ay, Annie Russell, Carla Chacon – Best News Series, Third Place

Elections Coverage

Associated Collegiate Press Midwinter National Conference 2017

Best Newspaper, Third Place

Four-year University, Less-than-weekly publication

The Runner

Best Website, Third Place

Four-year University, Small School (less than 12,000 students)

The Runner Online

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