Siloam Springs, Ark. (April 30, 2008) - John Brown University’s student newspaper, The Threefold Advocate, was named the best college newspaper in the state of Arkansas by the Arkansas College Media Association (ACMA) this past month. The Advocate earned the first place award in the General Excellence category at the ACMA annual awards ceremony. Eleven colleges and universities from around the state brought their best work to enter in the ACMA competition. Arkansas State University and The University of Arkansas placed second and third respectively, in the general excellence category. Although The Advocate has placed in this category before, they have never placed first. They earned second place three years ago and tied for second place two years ago. The awards contest was held on April 18 at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark. Professionals and advisors associated with the Center for Innovation in College Media at Vanderbilt University judged for the General Excellence category. “The student newspaper practicum is the hardest practicum experience on this campus,” said Journalism associate professor and Advocate adviser Gary Warner. “It is a year-long marathon, and all the mistakes are made in public. It takes a family of students who are dedicated, bright and tough. And that defines this staff.” This year, along with winning in the General Excellence category, the newspaper won a total of 27 individual awards, which ties the total won last year. Freshman Designer Hannah Dexter (Graphic Design) won Designer of the Year and sophomore Assistant Editor Seth Putnam (Journalism) won Photographer of the Year, marking the third year in a row that The Advocate has won the Photographer of the Year award. First place individual awards went to freshman Hannah Jeppsen (Journalism) for her sports feature, sophomore Assistant Editor Seth Putnam for an in-depth news piece and Dexter for a feature page layout. Dexter won a first, second and honorable mention award for her work in feature page layout. Second place was awarded to senior Sports Editor Brad Kerstetter (Journalism) for a sports story, senior Editor Emily Moberly (Journalism) for feature writing and senior News Editor Melissa Gute (Journalism) for editorial writing. There were also fifteen additional individual honorable mention awards to a variety of staff members in a variety of categories. This award follows the newspaper’s fifth place award for weekly broadsheet category at the National Associated Collegiate Press competition in San Francisco this past March.