Hamline News

Oracle Wins

The Oracle, Hamline University's student-run newspaper since 1888, won three first-place awards at the 2017 Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) Best of the Midwest College Journalism Convention. The awards included best news story to Editor-in-Chief Rikka Bakken, best news photograph to Photo Editor Tim Schnell, and best of show for a four-year college weekly.

“I told the staff that I was laughing and crying at the same time when I heard the news,” said David Hudson, The Oracle’s faculty advisor since 2000. “We have a very special paper here, student-run, put together every week by students from any and all disciplines, who do it because they love being part of a vibrant and creative news organization.”

Hudson says The Oracle has been a regular contender in this competition and others, with The Oracle’s magazine section once even besting the University of Minnesota Daily. He adds that this is the first time he can recall The Oracle winning first place in three of the ACP’s Best of Midwest’s categories, including Best of Show for a four-year college weekly.

“In regards to the issue that won Best of Show, I think the quality of the reporting in that issue was the best we've put out so far this year,” Editor-in-Chief Rikka Bakken said. “Another factor that contributed to our success was the attention our copy editors put into that issue.”

“There are messages and meanings in every story that should be heard. The way in which I communicate these messages is by taking pictures." said award-winning Photo Editor Tim Schnell.

The Best of the Midwest Convention is a gathering of college news journalists and advisers working with print and online media. The Associated Collegiate Press prepares about 30 practical learning sessions, including general topic keynotes, problem-solving breakouts, and discussion groups.