CONTACT: Matt Erspamer Editor-in-Chief

GRAND CENTRAL MAGAZINE RECEIVES FIRST NATIONAL HONOR MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Grand Central Magazine, Central Michigan University’s online student-run publication, received national honors Oct. 30 in Orlando, Fla., at the 90th Annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Advisers National College Media (ACP/CMA) Convention. G.C. Mag. earned 5th place in the “Best of Show: Publication Website Large School” category. The convention brought in nearly 2,200 students from across North America and received 359 total entries for all the Best of Show categories. Grand Central Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Matt Erspamer and Managing Editor, Paul Young, were among those in attendance from CMU. Erspamer said the group had no initial intention to enter any competition. After seeing the booth for Best of Show, however, G.C. Mag. students in attendance and adviser, Betsy Rau, entered “without any expectations of winning.” Erspamer credits the new layout of GCM as “a key factor in winning the award” and believes it is “one of the best of the top 10 schools awarded Best of Show in that category.” Kate Brickman, contest/critique coordinator for the ACP, cited a significant increase in entries and competition for website categories this year in comparison with last year. “Suffice it say,” Brickman wrote in an email Thursday, Nov. 4, “if you placed anywhere in the Top 10 for Best of Show, your publication is pretty spectacular.” Grand Central Magazine can be found online at The online publication features a broad selection of categories to please your eyes, ears, intellect and stomach. Although this title is the first national award G.C. Mag. has received, it is not their first recognition of accomplishment. Since its launch four years ago, Grand Central Magazine has received first place twice for Best Independent Online Publication at the regional conference for the Society of Professional Journalists. ### For further information please contact: Matt Erspamer, Editor-in-Chief,; Paul Young, Managing Editor,; Betsy Rau, Adviser, WRITING FOR THE MASS MEDIA: PRESS RELEASE ASSIGNMENT Fall 2011


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