The online news website has been nominated in the College Digital News category.
Sarah Self-Walbrick, The Hub's managing director, said this is the organization's first time competing in the Crown Awards, and she is excited 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 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.”
Associate professor Miglena Sternadori, the faculty adviser for The Hub, described the Columbia Scholastic Press Association as an international organization affiliated with Columbia University in New York City, an Ivy League university with one of the top journalism schools in the country.
“I think it means 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 the recently completed semester was The Hub's partnership with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Sternadori said. The A-J agreed to print certain stories 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 A-J 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 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 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 also is working on a new investigative and features microsite examining diversity on campus and in Lubbock that will be launched in the spring.