MITCHELL KRAUS | Editor-in-Chief
Two articles featured in Legacy Magazine last fall took home national honors at the College Media Association’s convention in Louisville, Kentucky, last weekend.
“Breaking the silence about mental health issues in college,” by former Legacy Editor-in-Chief Essi Auguste Virtanen, won first place in the Best Investigative Story category. The article explored factors surrounding suicide rates among college students and was the cover story for the November 2017 issue of Legacy Magazine.
“I wrote this story thinking of my little brother who I lost to suicide last year,” Virtanen said. “I wanted to write something that could help people. Something that might have helped my brother, if he could have read it. Something that could give people struggling ideas what could help and also information on how people can provide support to those struggling.”
The second Pinnacle Award went to “Lindenwood Case Puts Focus on Consent, HIV,” co-written by former Chief Copy Editor J.T. Buchheit and Sports Editor Matt Hampton. It won Honorable Mention in the Best General News story category. The story appeared in the very first issue of Legacy Magazine in October 2017. It was about a criminal case that garnered national attention, when a former Lindenwood wrestler was found guilty of not disclosing his HIV status to multiple partners.
Buchheit said the article was one of the most in-depth pieces he’d ever worked on.
“I’m honored that it was considered worthy enough to receive an award at a national level,” he said.
Click here for a complete list of Pinnacle Award winners.