Bringing Home the Gold

Sep. 24, 2015

Bringing Home the Gold
Winning issues of The Ampersand magazine

There’s a saying that learning is its own reward, but students who participated in Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 issues The Ampersand student magazine are getting some additional accolades on top of all of the magazine production knowledge they gained.

The Ampersand, a magazine produced by students in Webster’s School of Communications, was selected by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) for six national Gold Circle awards. CSPA is an international student press association, founded in 1925, whose goal is to unite student journalists and faculty advisers at schools and colleges through educational conferences, idea exchanges, textbooks, critiques and award programs. The award announcement was made on September 23, 2015. 

The Ampersand received: 

  • Second place for overall design of a general interest magazine
  • Second place for general use of typography throughout magazine
  • Third place for use of a designed or art headline
  • Certificate of Mention for use of a designed or art headline
  • Certificate of Mention for advertising layout
  • Certificate of Mention for special for single page design 

Longtime Ampersand faculty adviser Karen Burch, videographer in Webster’s Global Marketing & Communications, teaches the Magazine Production course in the School of Communications. Burch said she is proud of what the students have accomplished.

“When I think about the success of The Ampersand, I think of the dedication of the students and how hard they work to maintain the quality the magazine,” said Burch. “This publication really reflects the diversity of the Webster experience. We are housed and supported by the School of Communications but the course attracts students from all disciplines and benefits from the global diversity and the creative synergy of all of our academic departments."

Daniel Frumhoff graduated from Webster in May 2015 with a BFA in graphic design. He served as the Art Director for the winning issues. He said that working on the magazine was a rewarding experience and he was humbled to hear about the awards.

The Ampersand is a collaborative effort and fortunately, we had a dream team of talented students, great leadership, and Karen who made it all possible,” said Frumhoff. “I signed up for the class because I was impressed with the quality of the magazine and excited to work with students from diverse majors including writers, photographers, film majors and designers. It also prepared me with real world experience and was a great opportunity to create something for the community on campus.”

The two students who served as editors for the winning issues are Heather Bartel and Alex Wilking. Earlier this year, The Ampersand received the Gold Crown Award in the College Magazine Category at the CSPA’s 2015 Crown Awards.

“We have gotten used to the magazine winning awards, but this is our best showing ever,” said Eric Rothenbuhler, dean of the Webster University School of Communications. “It is inspiring to see Webster up against larger schools and still impress the judges. We are definitely playing in the big leagues, and winning.”

The Ampersand is not only a print publication but is now available digitally with its own app on iTunes (for iPads) and Google Play (for Android). The Fall 2015 issue of the magazine is expected to be available in early December.

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