Owl Magazine, the student multimedia publication of Harford Community College in Bel Air, earned national recognition in five categories in the 2019-2020 Pinnacle Awards sponsored by the College Media Association. In two award categories, Owl Magazine was the only community college publication recognized.

Owl Magazine won first place for Two-Year TV Station of the Year, which judges the quality of three videos submitted. The submitted films were "OwlFest," "Harford Pride," and "Swarm the Capitol." This was the fourth time that Owl Magazine won first-place recognition in this category.

"OwlFest" covered the event held at Harford Community College sponsored by the Office of Student Life in 2019. John Merkel filmed the video and Adeyemi Ekundayo provided the video editing and on-air reporting.

"Harford Pride" highlighted Harford County’s first Pride celebration, which was held in 2019. The video was filmed by Marla Goffin, Justin Higgins, and John Merkel. Video editing was provided by Kaitlyn Buza.

"Swarm the Capitol" showcased footage of protesters in Washington, DC during the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump. Video production and editing was completed by Matt Hubbard. Adeyemi Ekundayo provided the reporting.

Owl Magazine also won first place in the category of Two-Year Best College Media Outlet—the first time the publication has won this category, which judges how an organization provides news across platforms in an ever-changing media landscape. Judging evaluated reporting quality, distribution (multiple ways and platforms), frequency of updates, and reach and interaction.

Owl Magazine's print publication won an honorable mention for Two-Year Feature Magazine of the Year. The "Destiny" issue included a variety of personal stories and community news related to the theme of destiny. The editor-in-chief for the "Destiny" issue was John Merkel and the art director was Caroline Cooney. Matt Tennyson acted as content advisor, while Julia Morris was the technical advisor for this issue. Claudia Brown acted as the chief advisor for the publication.

Owl Magazine also earned an honorable mention for Best Viral Video with "Trumpinions," a video filmed during the House impeachment proceedings in 2019, which featured perspectives on President Trump's leadership. Harford was the only community college recognized in this four-year college category.

Owl Magazine's print publication won third place for Best Magazine Entertainment Spread, another four-year college category. The winning spread titled "The Truth About Tarot" was designed by Caroline Cooney and featured reporting by Alexis Knipe.

Student media publications from across the country entered the competition. The awards were announced during the annual fall National College Media Convention, which was sponsored by the National College Media Association and the Associated Collegiate Press and held virtually from October 22-24.

This marks the ninth year of publication for Owl Magazine, which features a variety of entertainment, community, opinion, political, sports, and fashion pieces. Owl Magazine has now won a total of more than 30 national awards.

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