Baylor Student Publications wins top national awards

This season, Baylor Student Publications claimed national awards from several notable press organizations. The Baylor Lariat, Focus Magazine, and Roundup Yearbook were all recognized as the top news outlets in their respective categories for the 2014-2015 academic year.

The Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association named the Lariat one of the Top 10 collegiate newspapers in the United States and the Roundup a Top 5 yearbook for 2015 and No. 2 yearbook in 2014. also picked up two Top 10 rankings, with one in the Top 5.

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association presented a Gold Crown Award to Focus Magazine for the spring 2015 issue, “Deep in the Heart.” Silver Crown Awards were given to both the Lariat and Roundup for their achievements. The Crown is the most prestigious award the organization bestows. Baylor was the only university in Texas to receive any Crowns. was recognized by Editor & Publisher, the authoritative publication for the newspaper industry, with the EPPY Award for Best College/University Newspaper Website, one of only nine given in the country. This is the third year in a row for the website to be ranked in the Top 10 by the magazine.

Below is a complete list of the publications’ awards:

Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards

Gold Crown — Focus Magazine, Spring 2015
Silver Crown — Baylor Lariat, 2014-2015
Silver Crown — Roundup Yearbook, 2014-2015

Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards

Best College/University Newspaper Website (

College Media Association Pinnacle Awards

First, Best Newspaper/Opinion Page Spread (Linda Wilkins, Baylor Lariat)
First, Best Yearbook Feature Page/Spread (Emily Robertson, Roundup)
First, Best Comic Strip (Asher Freeman Murphy, Baylor Lariat)
First, Best General News Photo (Kevin Freeman, Baylor Lariat)
First, Best Sports Feature Photo (Kevin Freeman, Baylor Lariat)
Second, Best Magazine Entertainment Page/Spread (Emily Robertson, Roundup)
Second, Best Portrait (Jess Schurz, Baylor Lariat)
Second, Four-Year Yearbook of the Year (Roundup 2014)
Third, Best Magazine Contents Page/Spread (Focus Magazine)

Associated Collegiate Press Awards

Second, Cartooning for Comic Panel/Strip (Asher Freeman Murphy, Baylor Lariat)
Fourth, Photo of the Year for Spot News Picture (Kevin Freeman, Baylor Lariat)
Honorable Mention, Yearbook/Magazine Page/Spread (Focus Magazine)
Honorable Mention, Feature Picture (Constance Atton, Baylor Lariat)
Honorable Mention, Sports Story (Shehan Jeyarajah, Baylor Lariat)
Honorable Mention, Editorial/Opinion – Magazine (Jonathon Platt, Focus Magazine)

ACP/CMA Best of Show Awards

Fourth, Website: Large School (
Fourth, Yearbook: 300+ Pages (Roundup)
Ninth, Newspaper: Four-Year Daily (Baylor Lariat)