RCTC ECHO Named Minnesota’s Best College Newspaper Again

The Rochester Community and Technical College student newspaper, The Echo, was named the best college newspaper for the second consecutive year at the Minnesota Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.


This is the fourth consecutive year that The Echo placed in General Excellence in the MNA’s Better Newspaper Contest. It placed first in 2019, second in 2018 and third in 2017.


The Echo’s first-place finish in General Excellence is a noteworthy achievement because it competes against student newspapers from four-year universities throughout Minnesota.


Three Echo staff members placed in individual categories. Hawa Sheikh-Adam placed second for arts and entertainment reporting for her story about an exhibition by artist Jennifer Onofrio Fornes. Photo Editor Nathan Hoover placed second in feature photography​ for his image of RCTC Band Director Michael Mangan leading students during rehearsal. Breanna Shen placed third in column writing for her column headlined “Ivy League doesn’t guarantee success.”


For further information about The ECHO, contact faculty advisor Marissa Gentling.