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Go, Chron Team! It’s a truly newsworthy occasion for staff members of Virginia Wesleyan College’s student-run newspaper The Marlin Chronicle. During the 93rd Annual Associated Collegiate Press/College Media Association (ACP/CMA) National College Media Convention, held Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Philadelphia, the Chronicle won the ACP Best in Show Award for the category "Four Year Weekly Broadsheet Newspaper." The award recognizes the newspaper as one of the top 10 in the country for this category, a tremendous honor for the Chronicle staff, which is made up of approximately 30 student editors, writers, photographers and illustrators and guided by faculty mentor and communication professor Lisa Lyon Payne. Under the leadership of its new editor-in-chief Thomas Mills ’15, the bi-weekly paper received a makeover in fall 2014. Students created a brighter, more modern look for the publication—which was founded in 1983—by updating its masthead, fonts and layout and adding more color. The staff also made some content changes, increasing the page count from 10 to 12 and replacing the Arts & Entertainment section with the “The Weekender.” Small changes like these make all the difference, says Thomas Mills: “We’ve always been really good at reporting. We’ve always been really good at photos. But it’s the minute details that separate the good papers from the great papers.” Read the ACP announcement