Kennesaw State student newspaper editor and photo editor win prestigious national awards

Megan Emory

Megan Emory named “Student Media Leader of the Year” and Eileen Taylor …

Georgia (Mar 14, 2013)Megan Emory named “Student Media Leader of the Year” and Eileen Taylor honored with photography prize

KENNESAW, Ga. (Mar. 20, 2013) —Sentinel Editor-in-Chief Megan Emory was recently honored by the National College Media Association, which named her “Student Media Leader of the Year” for 2013.

Emory is a Kennesaw State University student majoring in communication, with a concentration in public relations, and a minor in marketing. She’s expected to graduate in July.

“This is the first time that any single individual student has been honored at this high a level within student media, and the first time that any Sentinel editor, or staffer at any level, has been so honored,” said Ed Bonza, associate director of student life for student media. “We are so proud of her.”

In a nomination video, many of Emory’s Sentinel colleagues praised her as a natural leader who is a good communicator and a great people person.

“Megan’s awesome,” Advertising Manager Alek Searcy said. “The attention to detail she has brought to the Sentinel has really made a lot of impact.”

Last summer, Emory oversaw the redesign of the 47-year-old newspaper.

“Megan is incredible to work with,” Production Manager Andrea Dowis said. “She’s very detail-oriented and always on top of everything. The spirit of the paper is Megan Emory!”

In addition to being editor of the Sentinel, Emory is the social media intern for Green Global Travel and a communication/marketing intern for Kennesaw State’s Counseling & Psychological Services department. 

The Sentinel's Photo Editor Eileen Taylor was also honored at this year's media convention. Taylor won the College Media Association’s NYC Convention photography competition. She was among dozens of student-journalists searching for the essence of the New York convention during the conference.

Taylor’s photos, as well as the runner-ups, may be viewed at a Flickr slideshow at
In addition to serving as photography editor for The Sentinel, Taylor is a history major and a nontraditional student, married with two children.

The Apple Awards are named in honor of longtime CMA stalwart David L. Adams and recognize the work of student journalists through 19 categories, everything from Facebook pages and tweets to the traditional best newspaper. The “Student Media Leader of the Year” award seeks to recognize someone who has gone above and beyond the expected. 

The 2013 Apple Award winners and finalists were recognized at the Spring 2013 National College Media Convention in New York City during the closing assembly, March 12, 2013.




Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.



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