After earning several student journalism awards from the Baptist Press in October, the Hilltop News has again been recognized as a leader in student publications.
In December, the college seekers website www.ecollegefinder.org listed the school newspaper as one of the top 50 in the nation. Both private and public colleges, Christian and secular, were included in the list. The website is used by prospective college students and parents.
“They called us out of the blue and said we were finalists,” said Adrienne Goodrich, online editor for the Hilltop News. “He said we were judged on the content, what kind of images there were and how they were used and how often we publish.” While she never specifically looked for student publications on the website, Goodrich said she visited it when searching for colleges and universities to attend.
While she can’t be certain where each individual viewer comes from, Goodrich said the Hilltop News has tracked people visiting the newspaper’s website directly from the eCollegeFinder website, with a return visit from nearly half.
While it may not be as recognized as awards from the Society of Professional Journalists or Baptist Press, Goodrich is happy to see additional recognition for the work she and her staff put in each day to make Hilltop News a place for Corban University students to read daily news and see video online.
“It’s exciting,” she said. “We’ve put a lot of work into this. We only have to publish twice per month, but we publish every weekday we’re in school. This has been a big thing for us and it’s showing through the amount of online traffic we get.”