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Cole McNanna ’18 earned third place recognition in the Texas Better Newspaper regional competition
February 06, 2020


Alumni Outcomes | Student Success

This month, Cole McNanna ’18 earned third place recognition in the Texas Better Newspaper regional competition. As the Sports and Education Editor for The Sealy News in East Texas, McNanna covers youth and high school sports, along with news, for the weekly newspaper. He was honored with the award on January 18 in Galveston, Texas. 

The Annual Texas Better Newspaper competition recognizes statewide content published from newspaper entries. Newspapers around the state are welcome to submit entries from January through the end of August. This year the contest received roughly 1,000 entries and are judged by members of the Tennessee Press Association. 

“This achievement is a big one. I know none of my entries from last year earned any certificates, so to jump from nothing to a third-place spot in the year’s biggest competition was something I was very excited about,” said McNanna.

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While studying at Curry, he interned with The Boston Globe as a Hawk Desk Correspondent covering high school sports throughout Massachusetts. After graduation, McNanna made a transition to Texas to continue his passion for sportswriting. Cole attributes much of his success to his faculty mentors, and internship experiences. 

“I learned so much in my time at Curry College, from life experience to time management to the actual classroom and industry lessons. I’ve thought a lot about how much my time at Curry shaped me into who I am and who I am going to be in this field going forward.”

McNanna received a degree in Communication with a concentration in Multimedia Journalism and was a contributing member of The Currier Times. He joins a long list of Curry communication alumni gaining honorable accolades in their industries.