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Drake students win college news design awards

May 7, 2010
Two Drake University design students and the Times-Delphic were recognized in the Student Society for News Design (SSND) 22nd annual College News Design Contest hosted at the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

The design contest, which is co-sponsored by the Society for News Design (SND), recognizes the best design work done by students on campus publications or during internships while enrolled in a two- or four-year university. Students were judged in 25 categories, with 422 entries received for the 2010 contest. The winning entries were announced online April 19 and 20.

Annie Fuhrman, a senior graphic design major from Westwood Hills, Kan., claimed both first and second place in the multi-story package category. She created her winning layouts during a 2008−2009 apprenticeship with Meredith Corp. in Des Moines, during which she worked on Better Homes and Gardens Special Interest Publications. She was awarded for two spreads that were featured in 100 Decorating Ideas for Under $100 -- "Budget Beauty" and "Recycled Chic."

"It means a lot to get that kind of recognition from professionals in the industry that I hope to join soon," Fuhrman said. "The goal of the [Meredith Corp.] apprenticeship program has always been to give students an opportunity to build their portfolio with professional work, and I am extremely glad that I had that opportunity."

Drake senior Allison Quick, a double major in graphic design and magazine journalism from Prairie Village, Kan., took third place in the multi-story package category. She also earned a third place award for her animated infographic for Think Magazine, "Connecting the Midwest: The Future of America's Railways," and an honorable mention for her Drake Magazine feature, "How to Rock the Weekend."

"The fact that Annie and Allison swept the features category is a real testament to their talent as well as the level of experience they've gained here at Drake," said Lori Blachford, the Peggy Fisher and Larry Stelter chair of magazine journalism.

Drake also received honorable mention in the redesign of a magazine or newspaper category for Drake University's The Times-Delphic. Editor-in-Chief Matt Vasilogambros is a junior news/Internet journalism and politics double major from Arlington Heights, Ill.

"This is the first time Drake students have entered this contest, so we’re very excited to have this impressive showing," said Blachford. "Our students were in there competing against much larger programs and more than holding their own."