RCTC students win college journalism awards


Three Rochester Community and Technical College students won awards in the collegiate division of the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s 2014-2015 Better Newspaper Contest.

Zech Sindt placed second in government/public affairs reporting for his story headlined “Are remedial classes on death row?” Judges noted that “it’s not always easy to take esoteric policy and bring it home by defining why people should care particularly college students. This piece does a nice job of connecting the dots and explaining the issue in a clear and transparent way.”

Grace Boyum placed third for column writing and third for business writing. Judges said her column, headlined “The movie theater has become our modern coliseum,” has “nice commentary on movie violence.” Boyum’s business story headlined “Which hair product is a cut above the rest?” recounted an RCTC chemistry student’s research into the effectiveness of hair conditioners.

Tracie Lee placed third in arts and entertainment reporting for her feature headlined “No scientists needed for ‘The Local Experiment,'” which profiled a locally produced web series.

All three are 2015 RCTC graduates. Sindt, who was the Echo’s editor in chief from October 2014 through December 2015, recently transferred to Winona State University. Boyum, a staff writer and columnist for the Echo from 2013 to 2015, is continuing her education at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Lee, who served as the Echo’s editor in chief in 2014, has been working as a freelance writer and as a paraprofessional for the Byron School District.

The students received their awards Jan. 28 at the Minnesota Newspaper Associations annual convention in Bloomington.

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