Harford Community College’s Owl Magazine Wins Best in the Nation
10 December 2021
Owl Magazine, the student multimedia publication of Harford Community College in Bel Air, earned first place honors in two categories in the 2020-21 Pinnacle Awards sponsored by the College Media Association.
Owl Magazine won first place for Two-Year TV Station of the Year, which judges the quality of three video submissions. The videos were “Covid-19 and Classroom Learning,” “The Truth About Tarot,” and “Phoenix Rising: A Love Story.” This was the fifth year that Owl Magazine won first place recognition in this category.
“Covid-19 and Classroom Learning” covered the return to in-person learning at HCC following the pandemic shutdown. The videographers were Paige Clark, Steven Hyde, Connor Smith, Cayden Hagy, Samantha Cox, Janet Barry, and Jennie Hall. The video was edited by Samantha Cox, Nate McRoberts, and Jennie Hall. Steven Hyde provided the on-air reporting. The video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3l8pueS.
“The Truth About Tarot” featured a staff member’s first tarot card reading. Videography was provided by John Merkel and Matt Hubbard. The video was edited by Sam Raborg. Lexi Knipe provided the on-air reporting. The video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3p1rWVX.
“Phoenix Rising: A Love Story” highlighted a woman’s transgender journey with her high school sweetheart. Adeyemi Ekundayo provided the reporting, videography, and video editing. The video can be viewed at https://bit.ly/3oWa4vw.
“Phoenix Rising: A Love Story” also won first place in the category of Best Viral Video — a four-year college category. Owl Magazine last won the category of Best Viral Video in the 2017-2018 Pinnacle Awards for “D.C. on a Budget,” which was also edited by Adeyemi Ekundayo.
The 2020-2021 student staff was led by Chief Advisor Claudia Brown and Content Advisor Matt Tennyson.
The awards were announced during the Fall National College Media Convention, which was sponsored by the College Media Association and the Associated Press.
Owl Magazine has been publishing videos on YouTube and Facebook since 2014 (@OwlMagazine).
Students interested in joining the staff may email firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out via social media. No experience is necessary; training is provided. Paid positions and credit options are also available for interested students.