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The Colonnade receives national recognition at CMA/ACP conference

For the first time in its 94-year history, the Colonnade was recognized on the national stage by the Associated Collegiate Press on Nov. 2.  

Senior Mass Communication major Keegan Casteel's sports game story was one of only 10 recognized on the national stage, competing against all four-year institutions in the association. 

Her article, "Soccer falls short in PBC championship to PKs" covered the Nov. 7, 2018 loss to Columbus State University in the final round of penalty kicks. 

The Colonnade advisor, Pate McMichael, and three staff members opened the conference with a presentation alongside the Student Press Law Center covering the importance of using documents for factual reporting. 

Senior Writer Miya Banks shared how she used an open records request with the university to discover how many students on campus are unvaccinated. Her reporting revealed that a large majority claimed religious beliefs as a reason to exempt the vaccination requirement at GC.

Managing Editor Lindsay Stevens discussed using open records requests to cover hazing investigations on campus. Stevens covered the hazing accusations of three Greek organizations last year and the process that went into the investigations by the school. 

Editor-in-Chief Amy Lynn McDonald explained how she was able to file open records with the Georgia State Patrol, where she received both a preliminary and final report on the bicycle crash last year.

Congrats to the Colonnade on their accomplishments!

If you would like to get involved with this award-winning student media organization, email thegcsucolonnade@gmail.com for more information. 

Amy Lynn McDonald
Editor-in-Chief
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