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The Siskiyou wins 8 awards

The Siskiyou, Southern Oregon University's student newspaper, has won eight awards — including six first places — in a statewide college journalism competition.

The 3,000-circulation paper was judged in the four-year university, nondaily category of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association's 2009 Collegiate Newspaper Contest.

Photo Editor Kelsey Richmond won first place in spot-news photography for her photo of Black Violin, a classical/hip-hop trio that played the Ashland Armory March 1.

Kayla Young won first place for best photography. Young is interning with Big Issue magazine in Capetown, South Africa, and will be the Siskiyou's photo editor next year. She was previously an intern with the Mail Tribune.

Photographer Sean Jeter won second place in feature photography for his shot of a February exhibit at the Schneider Museum of Art. He, too, has worked as an intern at the Mail Tribune.

Teresa Beskow won first place in the best news story category for her Oct. 20 article, "Oregon Opportunity Grant Gives Students the Dough to Go," about the $4 million addition to the OOG funds for the 2008-09 school year.

Beskow, who interned at the Mail Tribune this year, will continue interning this summer.

Siskiyou News Editor Jerrod Nielsen won honorable mention for his Jan. 12 article "Food Stamp Requirements Stringent but Beneficial," about the differences between students and nonstudents receiving food stamp benefits.

English major Brian Aloisi won best columnist for his "Through the Haze" column. Art senior Trisha Johansen won first for best cartooning for her "Dog Star" strip.

This year the Siskiyou began the process of going online.

"That will be a new frontier for us," said Editor Johanna Thompson, who started the online push as her capstone project for SOU. Thompson was an intern at the Mail Tribune in winter term.