Broadside Photographer Wins National Award

Posted: January 9, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Tara Laskowski

For David Manning, a picture is worth a thousand honors. Winning first place in the 2002 Associated College Press Photo Excellence Award in the category of news story, Manning beat out entries from the University of Texas, Central Michigan, and the University of California, as well as other top journalism schools.

Seen as the collegiate equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize, the Associated College Photo Excellence Award is given annually and includes college newspapers from across the country. Manning won for his photograph of a Washington, D.C., protest of the war in Afghanistan, taken on Sept. 29, 2001 at Freedom Plaza. The photo appeared in the Oct. 1, 2001, edition of Broadside.

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Manning’s award-winning photo

“I’m very excited about the award,” Manning said. “Especially with all the immense talent that I competed against. It is quite an honor to receive such an award and bring recognition to George Mason.”

Broadside has received national attention in the past few months and was ranked as the ninth best student newspaper in the country by Princeton Review last year.

According to journalism professor Frank Sesno, Manning’s award reflects excellence and initiative. “David’s award is recognition of outstanding achievement and dedication in photojournalism. It is gratifying to see that his skills and his talent were recognized by one of the most prestigious awards of its kind. I am enormously proud of David and his work,” Sesno said.

Manning traveled to Orlando, Fla., in October for the 81st annual National College Media Convention, cosponsored by the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Advisers, where he received his award and was honored for his work at Broadside. He is a senior communication major with a concentration in journalism, and is also both managing editor and photo editor for the newspaper.

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