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March 22, 2004
CONTACT: Kathleen Shields

EMU's student newspaper honored at Michigan Collegiate Press Association competition

YPSILANTI - The Eastern Echo , Eastern Michigan University's student newspaper, won a number of awards at the recent Michigan Press Association (MPA)/Michigan Collegiate Press Association (MCPA) College Newspaper Contest.  

The Echo won 13 awards, earning "Best" in category honors for sports news, special section, news photo, feature photo, overall design, original cartoon, news graphic, house ad, classified section and rate card.

"While most of the awards are presented to individuals at the paper, everyone recognizes that this is a team effort," said Kevin Devine, EMU's student media director. "Great page design starts with great content, and great content comes from skilled writers, editors and photographers--and we've got them."

Staff writer Marne Smiley was awarded an MPA Foundation scholarship, and sales manager Tony Tonkin was named advertising manager of the year.

Smiley, a junior from Sterling Heights, has been a sports and features writer at the Echo for the past two years. She was recognized by the MPA Foundation for excellence in writing and commitment to the field of journalism. The $1,000 scholarship competition is open to sophomore and junior Michigan residents enrolled in a print journalism program at a Michigan college or university. They must be recommended by a faculty member.

Tonkin, from Flint, is completing an MBA at EMU. As sales manager at the Echo , Tonkin increased sales two years in a row despite the general economic downturn in the area.

Michael MacLaren, executive director of the Michigan Press Association, praised the colleges from across the state that competed this year. "There's some exceptional work being done by some exceptional students," said MacLaren. "These papers clearly serve their institutions, readers and advertisers well."

Echo staff members include more than 100 students who work as editors, designers, photographers, sales representatives, reporters and office assistants. All content and editorial decisions are made by the students, who earned 12 MPA awards in 2003 and 13 in 2002. In publication since 1881, The Eastern Echo has a circulation of 7,000, and is distributed three times a week.


Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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