Best College Journalists (2005)
Mesa State College
University of Northern Colorado
Many journalism students graduate without picking up much real-world reporting experience -- but Megan Fromm and Heath Urie are notable exceptions. Fromm, who edited the Mesa State Criterion, sued her college for the minutes of a meeting that was closed but shouldn't have been; Urie, the student in charge of the UNC Mirror, filed suit against the school's board of trustees, alleging that the paper's funds had been cut in retaliation against its reporting. Both students emerged victorious after demonstrating the kind of persistence and integrity that should serve their future readers very well indeed.