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Owl Magazine, the student multimedia publication of Harford Community College in Bel Air, won a record six national awards in the 2017-2018 Pinnacle Awards Competition sponsored by the National College Media Association.

Owl Magazine won first place for Best Viral Video for a short film titled, “D.C. on a Budget,” which was shot by Ashley Bott, Adeyemi Ekundayo, D’Asya Nelson, and Alexis Knipe. It was edited by Adeyemi Ekundayo. D’Asya Nelson provided the on-air reporting.

Owl Magazine won second place recognition for Best Television Newscast, as well as third place recognition for Best TV Special Event Coverage for “March for Our Lives,” a video shot during the Washington, D.C. protest staged by students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Videography was provided by Nicole Coleman, Adeyemi Ekundayo, and Julia Morris. Video editing was also by Julia Morris. Voiceover narration was provided by Stone Felts.

Of particular note is that these three awards were in the categories with four-year colleges, including Elon University, Western Illinois University, Syracuse University, the University of Texas at Dallas, Northwest Missouri State University, Pacific Lutheran University, and North Carolina State University. Harford Community College was the only community college recognized in a four-year college category.

Owl Magazine also won second place for Best Two-Year TV Station of the Year. This is the third year in a row that Owl Magazine has been recognized in this category, which judges the quality of three videos submitted. The submitted films included “Van Lives,” “D.C. on a Budget,” and “March for Our Lives.” “Van Lives” profiled four different travelers who live out of their van as they travel the country. The video was shot by Stone Felts, Julia Morris, Oksanna Shulgach, and Jaedon Stephens. Video editing was provided by Stone Felts and Julia Morris. Stone Felts also provided the voiceover narration.

In its first time entering this category, Owl Magazine won second place for Two-Year Best College Media Outlet of the Year. This category judges the quality of all of a publication’s media platforms. Editor in Chief Nick DeMent was integral in earning this recognition as he took the lead in writing a detailed description of Owl Magazine’s multimedia approach – a unique requirement for this category.

Owl Magazine’s print publication also won second place honors for Two-Year Feature Magazine of the Year. The “Freedom” issue included a variety of personal stories, political pieces, and community news related to the theme of freedom. The Editors in Chief for the “Freedom” issue were Nick DeMent and Bre Mascetti. Art Design was also by Bre Mascetti, with Caroline Cooney providing design for several spreads. John Morin and Matt Tennyson acted as Content Advisors, while Nick Rynes was the Technical Advisor for the “Freedom” issue. Claudia Brown acted as the Chief Advisor for the publication.

Student media publications from across the country entered the competition, with the awards announced on October 26 at the annual National College Media Convention in Louisville, Kentucky.

This marks the seventh year of the students publishing Owl Magazine, which features a variety of entertainment, community, opinion, political, sports, and fashion pieces. In the past six years, Owl Magazine has won a total of 20 national awards.

Copies of the current issue of Owl Magazine are available on Harford Community College’s campus and numerous community locations, such as high schools, libraries, restaurants, and businesses.

Readers can follow the nationally award-winning publication on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

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