Alumni Magazine Wins Honorable Mention in CASE Competition

“The Trinity Reporter” is credited with tackling Substantial Issues

HARTFORD, CT, January 29, 2013 – For the second time in six years, the College’s alumni magazine, The Trinity Reporter, has been cited for its high-quality work by the regional chapter of the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) that represents the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

Drew Sanborn, director of publications and editor of the magazine, was notified recently that The Reporter has won an honorable mention in the CASE District I Circle of Excellence Awards in the category of “Magazines –Circulation 25,000 and over: Best Writing.” 

Sanborn said about 29,000 copies of the magazine are typically published, with copies going to alumni, parents of current students, faculty, staff and members of the senior class. The writing is done by staff in the College’s Communications Office as well as by freelancers.

“This award is a tribute to the talents of our Communications Office staff writers and the freelancers who work on The Reporter,” said Sanborn. “I am very grateful for their efforts.”

The period covered was calendar year 2012 and although Trinity produces three alumni magazines each year, the issues that were submitted for consideration were the Fall 2011 magazine--pictured above--whose cover story dealt with world-class scholars, and the Winter 2012 magazine whose cover story featured Trinity’s 25-year collaboration with the celebrated New York arts institution, La Mama!

The panel of judges noted that the content “stayed on mission,” the front of the magazines were strong, especially with regard to graphics, and there wasn’t an over-abundance of text. The judges complimented the story about four Trinity students who spent a year at Oxford University’s Worcester College in England and the story commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Trinity/La MaMa Urban Arts Semester in New York City. 

An interview with Trinity President James F. Jones, Jr., was also singled out for praise, with the judges – who are generally magazine editors and assistant editors -- saying, “the president’s interview tackles substantial issues – a refreshing note compared to the presidential cheerleading that is standard for many magazines.”

CASE District I annually bestows its Excellence Awards on individuals and schools doing innovative work in the fields of special events, fundraising, stewardship, volunteer engagement, alumni relations, student alumni initiatives, advancement services, and communications.

In 2007, The Trinity Reporter won a Gold Award for Best Design from CASE District I.

In this year’s competition, the Gold Award for Best Writing went to Wellesley College; the Silver Award went to Boston University; the Bronze Medal was shared by the Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Maine; and both Trinity and the Kennedy School at Harvard University earned Honorable Mention.

CASE District I includes member institutions in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Rhode Island, as well as the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, Quebec and Prince Edward Island.