By McKenzie Barlow
HUB Staff Writer–
The award-winning high school newspaper, The HUB, was honored with the top award for general excellence for the second year in a row at the second annual Sacramento Journalism Initiative awards dinner on Thursday, May 30. Culture editor Rana Eser, reporter Micaela Everitt and advisor Kelly Wilkerson attended the dinner and claimed The HUB’s award.
Two seniors in The HUB journalism class were also awarded. Daniel Tutt, the editor-in-chief of The HUB, was awarded first place in the “Best Features Writing,” and Henry Anker, The HUB’s art director, took second place in “Best Editorial Cartoon.”
“Every year the Sacramento Bee hosts a program where journalism students from high schools in the area come together and collaborate a student newspaper called the Sacramento Breeze. At the end of the year students submit work from their publications from different categories and the winners are announced at the awards night,” Eser said.
Everitt and Eser attend monthly meetings where they get advice from experts and get to see and interact with the other area high school journalists. “Judging by the meetings we go to […] we’re the most on top of it,” Everitt said. “We have a good chance [of getting awards],” Everitt predicted.
Last year, Tutt and Anna Sturla, who are both in The HUB class, were the winners of “Best News Writing” for their article “Language, Culture a Barrier for Latinos in Soccer.” Anker was also a winner last year. He was the winner of the category “Best Editorial Cartoon” for his cartoon “Breakdown.”
Tutt was glad his feature article about trailer parks in Davis won this year. “I liked my feature article because it told a story, it let the girl speak for herself,” Tutt said. “It talked about an experience unique in Davis, yet I hope discouraged stereotypes.”
Tutt has continued to take The HUB class and was happy to be the editor-in-chief this past year because he likes journalism. “Journalism is about telling stories and recording history and culture as it exists, it also is a way to inform people to make good decisions and, when used well, to check people and groups with power. All of that appeals to me,” Tutt said.
The HUB and its staff continue to impress as the “yet-to-beat” best overall newspaper in the Sacramento area.