The Hub@TTU was named a finalist in the College Digital News category of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2016 Crown Awards.
Sarah Self-Walbrick, the Hub's graduate managing director, said this is the organization's first time competing in the Crown Awards, and she is excited that the site has been named a finalist in a category that judges overall content.
"The Crown Awards recognize overall excellence, not just for one particular story, so it is nice to essentially be told that we are doing an excellent job," Self-Walbrick said. "It is very competitive, and we are just honored to be finalists. But, of course, we hope to win it all!"
Miglena Sternadori, Ph.D., the faculty adviser for the Hub, described the Columbia Scholastic Press Association as an international organization affiliated with Columbia University in New York City, which is an Ivy-League university with one of the top journalism schools in the country.
"I think it means that The Hub@TTU stands out as an online-only student publication in comparison to dozens or even hundreds of other such digital publications in the country," Sternadori said. "And this recognition is well-deserved because the Hub's content meets both high journalistic standards and the multimedia potential offered by its digital platform."
In addition to being nominated for the award, one of the highlights of Fall 2015 was the Hub's partnership with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Sternadori said. The AJ agreed to print certain stories that were previously published on the Hub's website.
"For students who see their stories published by a professional media organization, it is an enormous recognition of their work and a valuable addition to their portfolio," Sternadori said. "Most recently, the AJ ran Maddy McCarty's investigative piece, 'Changing a culture of assault.'"
Self-Walbrick said she has watched the Hub grow and change immensely during the two years she has been involved, and she looks forward to watching it continue to develop in the coming semesters.
"I hope the Hub continues to grow and produce astounding content," Self-Walbrick said. "I think the fact that we have been so successful with such a small staff says a lot, but I would love to see our staff and production numbers increase. But, for now I think we're headed in the right direction."
Sternadori said the Hub is also working on a new investigative and features microsite looking at diversity on campus and in Lubbock that will be launched in Spring 2016.