Chronicle staff honored in 2021 ACP Individual Awards


Staff members column received various awards Thursday in the 2021 Associated Collegiate Press Individual Awards competition.

The Chronicle’s Bridging the Gap podcast won # 1 in the Best Multimedia Story: Podcast category. The podcast was hosted by Cameron Oglesby, Trinity ’21 and is now hosted by editor-in-chief Nadia Bey, a junior.

The podcast is a “commentary on race, gender and marginalization at Duke and beyond,” Oglesby wrote in an editor’s note.

“Bridging the Gap was a budding idea, purposefully cultivated during a time of national receptivity and designed to create an open and honest dialogue around personal truths at Duke,” Oglesby said Thursday. “Many podcast episodes were inspired by my own experiences of isolation, symbolism and discrimination as a student Duke. I am so happy that these critical conversations resonate with people and I hope the series will continue to educate, inspire and do good.

Bey said Oglesby “really laid the groundwork for The Chronicle to have these conversations about race and identity at Duke.”

“I look forward to continuing his work and hopefully inspiring others to join us as well,” Bey said.

Volume 116 sports editor Evan Kolin captured Cameron Mule’s game-winning goal against Notre Dame in his article, and those words earned him second place for best sports game story.

“It was one of the most exhilarating games I have covered in my time with The Chronicle,” Kolin said. “I have to give Cameron Mule and Duke’s men’s lacrosse a lot of credit here – they practically made history for me.”

Volume 116 sports editor Shane Smith returned to Duke’s men’s basketball history and told the story of Gene Banks, the team’s first high-performance black athlete. Her reporting led to an article that earned her second place for best sports feature film.

“It is a great honor to be selected as a finalist for this award. Thanks to Gene Banks and Kenny Dennard for their willingness to share the experiences of their college years and for trusting me to pass these stories on, ”said Smith. “Since I’ve been with The Chronicle, I’ve never enjoyed writing a story as much as I did with this play.”

Elizabeth Losciavo, Mason Berger and Cheyenne Kim’s “Visit of the Eastern campus (admissions)”Won third place in the Best Advertising: Video category.

“Last year was a milestone year for our ad agency, Pitch Story Lab, so it’s really special to win an award for one of our favorite videos,” said Managing Director Chrissy Beck.

Bey and editor-in-chief Leah Boyd, junior, received honorable mention in the category of best reporting on social media for their cover Duke’s Custody Order in March 2021.

“Covering the lockdown was one of my first field reporting experiences and taught me to balance the two reporting as quickly and accurately as possible,” Boyd said. “As a publication that continues to improve its digital presence every year, realizing the power of reporting on Twitter has really helped us prepare for the latest news and reach our audience in unique and powerful ways. “

Jimmy Benjamin, Trinity ’21, received an honorable mention in the Best Local Report on Climate Change category for his article “Some Duke environmental activists hopeful, others cautious about Biden’s policies.”

“What about our heritage? From the Community Editorial Board received an honorable mention in the Best Editorial category.

Jake C. Piazza

Jake Piazza is a junior and sports editor for Trinity’s 117th volume of The Chronicle.

Lea Boyd
| Editor-in-Chief

Leah Boyd is a Junior Pratt and editor of The Chronicle 117th volume.

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