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“The Voice of The Wildcats” Campus Newspaper Staff Sweeps Press Awards



Contact:  Prof. Valerie Whitney, extension 2703

Interim Editor: Augustinas Navickas

DAYTONA BEACH ---The staff of The Voice of the Wildcats campus newspaper brought home four awards from the recent 67th Southern Regional Press Institute in Savannah, Georgia. The student newspaper, which is published monthly by in-house by the Department of Mass Communications won first place for overall achievement in the medium school division.

Interim editor for the student run paper, Augustinas Navickas won first place for editorial and column writing. Stephanie Owens, staff member, placed second in the same division. First place for sports writing was awarded to sports editor Karen Romero. “It is an honor to be regionally recognized for the hard work we put in every single day,” Navickas said. “I am extremely proud of everyone on the Voice of the Wildcats newspaper staff and B-CU’s Department of Mass Communications team, for possessing a winners’ mentality,” he added.

The Wildcats competed against students from Clark-Atlanta University, North Carolina Central University and Savannah State University, among others from across the southern region of the United States.

A total of 18 mass communications students traveled to the institute at Savannah State University, where they spent two days taking part in multiple workshops hosted by professionals in the fields of journalism, public relations, advertising, radio, broadcast production and data analytics. “The workshops were extremely informative and beneficial,” said Christopher Shaw, Manager of B-CU’s campus television. 

The Voice of the Wildcat Co-Advisor, Professor Valerie Whitney also stated, “I am very proud of the staff. They have put in a lot of work this year and deserve the awards.” The students were accompanied on the trip by Shaw, Dr. Keith O. Hilton, and Antoinette Noelien, Department of Mass Communications Office Manager. 

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Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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