KCC journalism students win awards from the Michigan Community College Press Association

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Two former Kellogg Community College journalism students were recently awarded honors from the Michigan Community College Press Association for articles written for KCC’s online student newspaper last spring.

Brian Bloom, of Coldwater, and Abbey Peters, of Olivet, both earned Honorable Mention honors in the Sports News Story category of the MCCPA’s annual awards competition, the winners of which were announced late last month. Their award-winning work was first published on KCC’s student Bruin News website during their JOUR 112: News Writing class in Spring 2021.

Bloom won for an April 15, 2021, article titled “KCC baseball continues quest for World Series title amid COVID-19.” He dual-enrolled at KCC during his junior and senior years of high school and graduated in 2021 from Quincy High School. He transferred to Grand Valley State University last fall, where he’s currently studying multimedia journalism with the goal of becoming a sports reporter or columnist, possibly with ESPN.

Bloom took both KCC journalism classes offered at KCC – JOUR 111: Mass Media Environment and JOUR 112: News Writing – and was able to transfer the credits for both to GVSU.

Peters won for a May 25, 2021, article titled “KCC bowler Kelsey Kipp caps introductory season with All-American performance.” She dual-enrolled at KCC during her junior and senior years of high school and was able to transfer approximately two dozen credits to Olivet College last fall, where she’s currently studying business with a minor in media production and communication.

The MCCPA hosts an annual competition for community college journalists in Michigan every spring, offering awards across a variety of journalism-related categories with winners selected by judges with years of experience in the industry. The awards are announced annually during the organization’s annual spring conference, which is usually hosted onsite at Central Michigan University. This year’s competition was conducted virtually due to COVID-19.

The Bruin News can be read online at thebruinnews.kellogg.edu.