I blogged a few days ago about a picture being worth 1,000 words but I stand corrected by a news article that says Kent State’s student editorial cartoons are worth more like 10,000 words each. One of the best parts of living in a university city is the chance to watch students develop their passion and turn that passion into a a career which is exactly what Chris Sharron, an editorial cartoonist at The Daily Kent Stater, is doing. Chris was among the 100 honored May 21 by UWire, a news and networking organization for student media. UWire said it received more than 500 nominations from advisers, peers and professors on behalf of student journalists from more than 130 universities. Chris is due to graduate from Kent State in 2010 so we’ve got another 2 years to enjoy his art with our morning coffee.
Here’s some background information on Chris’ award from UWire:
This is journalism at its most pure: The 100 best student journalists in the country — hard workers, big thinkers and gifted storytellers — nominated by their peers and advisers for their potential to shape the media industry in the years ahead. Filled with energy and idealism, fueled by a hunger for new experiences and ideas, unpolluted by corporate culture or market trends, driven to be heard and make a difference, dispersed across the country and ready to be discovered by you.
With honors and awards, there’s always a great deal of subjectivity and imperfection surrounding the selection process. This is especially true when their best work is ahead of them. We created the UWIRE 100 because we knew we would never be able to just name, say, the top 20, or crown a single student, “the journalist of the year.” Each of these candidates boasts an honor-worthy resume and portfolio, as well as the esteem of colleagues and advisers.
Taken collectively, the 100 tell us something about the state of media today, and show us the faces who will be telling us the news in years to come.
You can view Chris’ portfolio by clicking here.
Short Bio written by Chris
I am a student at Kent State University where I am majoring in Art Education, but my true passion is editorial cartooning. I began drawing cartoons for the Daily Kent Stater while I was in high school, and I’ve been doing it ever since. As a result of my work, I finished as First Runner-up for the 2008 John Locher Memorial Award, and I was awarded Second Place in the 2008 Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for portfolios of my work in Editorial Cartooning and Newspaper Illustration, as well as Magazine Illustration. My entries in the category of Editorial Cartooning also won First and Second Place in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 4 Mark of Excellence Awards for 2007.